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254.84

254.84 Motel rates.

254.84(1)

(1) Definitions.

254.84(1)(a)

(a) “Operator” includes a manager or any person in charge of the operation of motels and like establishments. “Operator” or “owner” includes natural persons, firms and corporations.

254.84(1)(b)

(b) “Outdoor sign” or “outside sign” means any sign visible to passersby, regardless of whether the sign is located in or outside of buildings.

254.84(1)(c)

(c) “Room rates” means the rates at which rooms or other accommodations are rented to occupants.

254.84(2)

(2) Rental posted. No owner or operator of any establishment that is held out as a motel, motor court, tourist cabin or like accommodation may post or maintain posted on any outdoor or outside advertising sign for the establishment rates for accommodations in the establishment unless the sign has posted on it both the minimum and maximum room or other rental unit rates for accommodations offered for rental. All posted rates and descriptive data required by this section shall be in type and material of the same size and prominence as the minimum and maximum room or other rental unit rates. Signs that only state the rate per person or bear the legend “and up” do not comply with the requirements of this subsection.

254.84(3)

(3) Accommodations must exist. No owner or operator of any motel, motor court, tourist cabin or like accommodation may post or maintain posted on outdoor or outside advertising signs rates for accommodations in the establishment unless there is available, when vacant, accommodations in the establishment for immediate occupancy to meet the posted rates on the advertising signs.

254.84(4)

(4) Misrepresentation. No owner or operator of any motel, motor court, tourist cabin or like accommodation may post or maintain outdoor or outside advertising signs in connection with the establishment relating to rates which have any untrue, misleading, false, or fraudulent representations.

254.84(5)

(5) Construction. Nothing in this section may be construed to require establishments to have outdoor or outside signs. This section shall be liberally construed so as to prevent untrue, misleading, false, or fraudulent representations relating to rates placed on outdoor or outside signs of the establishments.

254.84(6)

(6) Penalty. Whoever violates this section shall be fined not more than $300 or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.

254.84 – ANNOT.

History: 1975 c. 413 s. 15; Stats. 1975 s. 50.85; 1983 a. 189; 1993 a. 27 s. 90; Stats. 1993 s. 254.84.