I’m sorry if there was any confusion… My comment regarding being registered and licensed with State and Local Government wasn’t intended to imply that the police won’t be of any help if you are not licensed to host guests. They’ll still respond, and they’ll still be there to assist you. But depending upon what part of the country you are in it could mean the difference between them saying "Sorry Ma’am… your guest has rights, you’ll have to take them to court. " and “Yes Ma’am… I’ll show them safely to the curb for you right now.”
Last Summer there was a situation with an AirBnB host in California that was in the news. She lived in San Francisco, and had a condo in Palm Springs that she had rented to a guest for a time period just slightly longer than a month. When the time was up, the guest refused to leave, and she couldn’t get him (or his brother who wasn’t included in the reservation) to leave. She couldn’t get the police to remove them, because the rental agreement was for longer than 30 days… and under California Law, the guest was no longer a guest, but a tenant, who was simply behind in his rent. Because he was a tenant, the host would have to take him to court, to have him evicted, and would need to have him properly served with a notice of eviction in order to get him to court. AND because his brother had been staying there during that time period, she would have to have him served with an eviction notice as well. After having them legally served, she would have to wait a specified time period, before she could go to the courthouse, and request a hearing before a judge… Good luck getting on that calendar… and then have both of the men individually served with a notice to appear in court.
Had the woman been licensed as a Bed and Breakfast, or a Vacation Rental she could have had the men removed by the police when they first refused to leave, without having to resort to the legal system.
I am licensed by State, County, and Local Governments. We fall under the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. As such, if a guest has paid me for a month in advance, but has done something that makes me want to ask him or her to leave and they refuse, all I need to do is call the police. The law is clear… If I ask them to leave and they refuse, the police will escort them off the property. There is no requirement for me to hire an attorney and take them to court. I simply ask them to leave. Adios… here’s your refund for the nights you didn’t stay.