Section Code: 0674 - 0679
Thai Civil and Commercial Code
Chapter 3: Special rules for innkeepers
Section 674 Proprietor of Hotel is Responsible for Damage
The proprietor of an inn, hotel or other such place is liable for any loss or damage to the property which the traveller or guest lodging with him may have brought.
Section 675 Responsible even for the actions of other guests
The proprietor is liable for loss or damage to the property of the traveller or guest, even caused by strangers going to and from the inn, hotel or other such place.
His liability is limited to the sum of five thousand baht if the property is specie, currency notes, bills, bonds, shares, debentures, warrants, jewels or other valuables, unless it has been deposited with him and its value clearly stated.
But he is not liable for loss or damage caused by force majeure or by the nature of the property or by the fault of the traveller or guest or of his attendant or of a person whom he has received.
Section 676 Notification of Proprietor for Any Loss
On discovery of the loss or damage to the property not expressly deposited, the traveller or guest must communicate the fact to the proprietor of the inn, hotel or any such place at once, failing which the proprietor shall be relieved of the responsibility provided in Sections 674 and 675.
Section 677 Notices agreeing to exclude or limit liability is void unless there is express agreement
A notice posted in the inn, hotel or other such place excluding or limiting the liability of the proprietor is void unless the traveller or guest expressly agreed to such exclusion or limitation of liability.
Section 678 Statute of Limitations
No action for compensation for loss or damage caused to the property of the traveller or guest can be entered later than six months after the departure of the traveller or guest.
Section 679 Retain Luggage for 6 Weeks
The proprietor is entitled to retain the luggage or other property of the traveller or guest which is in the inn, hotel or other such place until he has been paid all that is due to him for lodging and other services afforded to the traveller or guest in satisfaction of his needs, including disbursements.
He may sell by public auction properties so retained and pay himself out of the proceeds of such sale the amount which is due to him, together with the cost and expenses of such sale. But he cannot exercise such right unless:
- The properties have been left for six weeks without the debt being paid, and
- At least one month before such sale he has caused to be inserted in one local newspaper and advertisement containing notice of the intended sale, together with a short description of the properties to be sold and the name of the owner, if known.
The surplus (if any) remaining after such payment must be paid to the owner of such properties or deposited at the Deposit Office according to the provisions of Sections 331 and 333.