Limitation of Hotels liability to guest loss….

In Malaysia, the limitation of any hotel, tavern, guess house, is referred to INNKEEPERS ACT 1952.

The section 4 of Innkeepers act:

Limitation of innkeepers’ liability

4. No innkeeper shall be liable to make good to any guest of such
innkeeper any loss of or injury to goods brought to his inn, not
being a horse or other live animal, or any gear appertaining thereto
or any car or carriage, to a greater amount than the sum of five
hundred ringgit, except in the following cases:

(a) where such goods shall have been stolen, lost or injured
through the wilful act, default or neglect of such innkeeper
or any servant in his employ;

(b) where such goods shall have been deposited expressly
for safe custody with such innkeeper or his manager:
Provided always that in the case of such deposit it
shall be lawful for such innkeeper or his manager, if he
thinks fit, to require, as a condition of his liability—

(i) that the guest shall at the time of such deposit
declare the value of such goods,
(ii) that such goods shall be deposited in a box or other
receptacle, fastened and sealed by the person
depositing the same:

Provided always that the innkeeper or his manager may refuse
to receive for safe custody under this section goods of any one
guest the declared value of which exceeds five thousand ringgit,
and that he shall in no case be liable for loss of or injury to goods
so deposited by a guest to an amount exceeding the declared value
thereof.

Refusal to accept property for safe custody

5. If any innkeeper or his manager shall refuse to receive for safe
custody, as before mentioned, any goods of his guest the declared
value of which does not exceed five thousand ringgit, or if any
such guest shall, through any default of such innkeeper or manager,
be unable to deposit such goods as aforesaid, such innkeeper shall
not be entitled to the benefit of this Act in respect of such goods.
Copy of section 4 to be exhibited

6. Every innkeeper shall cause at least one copy of section 4 of
this Act printed in plain type to be exhibited in a conspicuous part
of the hall or entrance to his inn, and he shall be entitled to the
benefit of this Act in respect of such goods only as shall be
brought to his inn while such copy shall be so exhibited.

For more info and latest update about Malaysian Act you can view online at Attorney General chambers of Malaysia act here.

— asmaliana

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