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Does a hotel legally have to tell you if something in the room could be harmful?

I stayed at a small hotel while on my travels and during my stay was severely bitten by "bed bugs". The manager of the hotel had knowledge of an infestation in not just my room, but several rooms on my floor. He however neglected to mention anything as if everything was perfectly fine. The morning after the bug bites happened, I went to the front desk to demand to speak with the manager. I requested a room change, and if not that, a refund. I was denied both, saying that it was not there problem and that they would do nothing. Is there a law stating that a they must take responsibility or at least inform guest of possible harm?


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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    I would sue them for getting bit.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 6/20/2013
    Jacob R. Lauser | Law Office of Jacob R. Lauser
    PO Box 6387
    Lancaster, PA 17607
    (717) 598-9706
    This is a common problem on the East Coast, and you will be able to sue the hotel in small claims court or civil court. Speak with a small claims or civil attorney in your area for more specific advice on your facts. Good Luck! Attorney answers to questions are for general purposes only and do not establish an attorney-client relationship. This answer is meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice within the bounds of a professional relationship. It is always best to seek counsel with a competent attorney experienced in your area of issue and fully informed about the facts of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania - Replied: 6/19/2013
    Loren Lambert | Loren Lambert
    266 East 7200 South
    Midvale, UT 84047
    (801) 568-0041
    Yes, if they knew about it the are especially in trouble. It is a problem that needs to be resolved. Hotels have no excuse because they can take more conscientious measures to eradicate them.
    Answer Applies to: Utah - Replied: 6/19/2013
    Jason Savela | Connell-Savela
    250 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 301
    Boulder, CO 80302
    (303) 865-4545
    I think that is actionable. It may not be a crime, but it is a civil suit. You can report it to the board of health CDPHE and I suspect there is some sort of hotel license agency you can report to.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado - Replied: 6/19/2013
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