2006 Indiana Code - CHAPTER 7. LIABILITY OF HOTELS FOR LOSS OF PROPERTY OF GUESTS

IC 32-33-7
     Chapter 7. Liability of Hotels for Loss of Property of Guests

IC 32-33-7-1
"Guest" defined
     Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "guest" includes a transient guest, permanent guest, tenant, lodger, or boarder.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

IC 32-33-7-2
Safekeeping place for valuables; notice; limitation on amount of liability
     Sec. 2. If:
        (1) the proprietor or manager of a hotel, an apartment hotel, or an inn provides a safe in a convenient place for the safekeeping of any money, jewels, ornaments, furs, bank notes, bonds, negotiable security, or other valuable papers, precious stones, railroad tickets, articles of silver or gold, or other valuable property of small compass belonging to or brought in by the guests of the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn;
        (2) the proprietor or manager notifies the guests by posting in a public and conspicuous place and manner at the place of registration of the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn or in each guest room a notice stating that a safe place is provided in which the articles may be deposited; and
        (3) the guest neglects or fails to deliver the guest's property to the person in charge of the office for deposit in the safe;
the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn and proprietor or manager are not liable for any loss of or damage to the property sustained by the guest or other owner of the property, whether the loss or damage is occasioned by the neglect of the proprietor or manager or of the proprietor's or manager's agents or otherwise.
    (b) If a guest delivers property to the person in charge of the office for deposit in a safe, the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn and its manager or proprietor are not liable for the loss or damage of the property sustained by the guest or other owner of the property in any amount exceeding six hundred dollars ($600), whether the loss or damage is occasioned by the negligence of the proprietor or manager or by the proprietor's or manager's agents or otherwise, notwithstanding that the property may be of greater value, unless the proprietor or manager has entered into a special agreement in writing agreeing to assume additional liability.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

IC 32-33-7-3
Limitation of liability
     Sec. 3. Except as provided in section 2 of this chapter, the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn and its proprietor or manager are not liable for the loss of or damage to personal property, other than merchandise samples or merchandise for sale, brought into the hotel,

apartment hotel, or inn by any guest, exceeding two hundred dollars ($200) in value, whether the loss or damage is occasioned by the negligence of the proprietor or manager or the proprietor's or manager's agents or otherwise, unless the manager or proprietor has contracted in writing to assume greater liability. This limitation of liability also applies with respect to the liability for the safekeeping of any luggage or other personal property left in any hotel, apartment hotel, or inn to be checked in any checkroom operated by the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn, whether the luggage or other personal property is brought in by and belongs to a guest or belongs to a person who is not a guest.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

IC 32-33-7-4
Notice; guest bringing property into hotel
     Sec. 4. A hotel, an apartment hotel, or an inn and its proprietor or manager are not liable for the loss of or damage to any merchandise samples or merchandise for sale, whether the loss or damage is occasioned by the negligence of the proprietor or manager or the proprietor's or manager's agents or otherwise, unless:
        (1) the guest or other owner has given prior written notice of having brought the merchandise into the hotel and of the value of the merchandise; and
        (2) the receipt of the notice has been acknowledged in writing by the proprietor, manager, or other agent.
However, the liability of the hotel, apartment hotel, inn, or the proprietor or manager may not exceed four hundred dollars ($400) unless the manager or proprietor of the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn has contracted in writing to assume a greater liability.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

IC 32-33-7-5
Departed guest's property left behind
     Sec. 5. In case of loss or damage to any property left by a guest after the guest has departed from any hotel, apartment hotel, or inn and ceased to be a guest, the liability of the proprietor is that of "gratuitous bailee" and may not exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

IC 32-33-7-6
In transit loss or damage to property of guests
     Sec. 6. In case of loss of or damage to any property while in transit to or from any hotel, apartment hotel, or inn on behalf of a guest, the liability of the proprietor is limited to two hundred dollars ($200), whether the loss or damage is occasioned by the negligence of the proprietor or the proprietor's agents or otherwise, unless:
        (1) the guest has given prior written notice of the value of the property; and
        (2) the receipt of the notice has been acknowledged in writing by the proprietor, manager, or other agent. However, the liability of the hotel, apartment hotel, or inn may not exceed four hundred dollars ($400), unless the proprietor has contracted in writing to assume a greater liability.
As added by P.L.2-2002, SEC.18.

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