I. along with many others, have lived in a hotel for 5 or more years. The owner is considering selling the hotel, thus leaving all residents homeless. We fear that he will not give us any notice. What recourse, if any, would we have? The hotel is profitable, however, he is tired of working and dealing with the day to day operation. He is considering selling to someone who will tear down the place and use the land for another type of business.
It is a hotel, not an apartment. You do not have a lease. He can close the place down if he so chooses.
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I believe for most Missouri legal issues a person is a Missouri resident if she intended to make Missouri her permanent home and return to it whenever absent and either actually maintained a permanent place of residence in Missouri or spent more than 30 days in Missouri. Even if she didn't intend to make Missouri her permanent home and return to it whenever absent, she still could be a Missouri resident if she actually maintained a permanent place of residence in Missouri and spent more than 183 days in Missouri.
I could be wrong, but I don't believe the term "permanent resident" is a defined status under Missouri law which would, by itself, give any such person rights to force a hotel owner to keep a hotel open indefinitely.
Hotel guests often have very limited rights to use the hotel. Recourse and notice rights might be found in agreements with the hotel owner.
Sounds like the solution here may be more business than legal. Perhaps you or the other guests might want to buy the hotel from its current owner. Perhaps a commercial property broker may know someone looking to purchase and manage it. Perhaps other types of housing might be just as affordable as the hotel's rates.
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