GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2023-5
SENATE BILL 53
AN ACT to clarify that occupants of accommodations provided by hotels, motels, or similar lodgings do not create a tenancy and are not subject to chapter 42 of the general statutes and to clarify that these occupancies are governed by the statutes relating to inns, hotels, and other transient occupancies.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Article 1 of Chapter 42 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 42‑14.6. Transient occupancies excluded.
The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to transient occupancies, as defined in G.S. 72‑1(c). An agreement related to a transient occupancy shall not be deemed to create a tenancy or a residential tenancy unless expressly provided in the agreement."
SECTION 1.5. G.S. 42‑39 reads as rewritten:
"§ 42‑39. Exclusions.
(a) The provisions of this Article shall not apply
to transient occupancy in a hotel, motel, or similar lodging subject to
regulation by the Commission for Public Health.
SECTION 2. G.S. 72‑1 reads as rewritten:
"§ 72‑1. Must furnish accommodations; contracts for termination valid.
(a) Every innkeeper shall at
all times provide suitable lodging accommodations for persons accepted as
his inn or hotel.an inn, hotel, motel, recreational vehicle
park, campground, or other similar transient occupancy.
(b) A written statement setting forth the time period during which a guest may occupy an assigned room, signed or initialed by the guest, shall be deemed a valid contract, and at the expiration of such time period the lodger may be restrained from entering and any property of the guest may be removed by the innkeeper without liability, except for damages to or loss of such property attributable to its removal.
(c) For the purposes of this section, a "transient occupancy" is the rental of an accommodation by an inn, hotel, motel, recreational vehicle park, campground, or similar lodging to the same guest or occupant for fewer than 90 consecutive days."
SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies to a person renting an accommodation in an inn, hotel, motel, recreational vehicle park, campground, or similar lodging facility on or after that date. A person's rental period shall be calculated from the first day of consecutive occupation, or right of occupation, in the lodging facility regardless of whether the period began before the effective date of this act.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 8th day of March, 2023.
s/ Phil Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
This bill having been presented to the Governor for signature on the 8th day of March, 2023 and the Governor having failed to approve it within the time prescribed by law, the same is hereby declared to have become a law.
This 19th day of March, 2023,
s/ Olwen Blessing