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Hotel’s Stay Policy Violated State Law During Storm Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 24, 2012 (NOAA/ Getty Images)

Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 24, 2012 (NOAA/ Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection says a Stamford hotel tried to require longer than usual stays during Superstorm Sandy last October and will forfeit $1,800 to the state.

Commissioner William Rubenstein said Thursday the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act does not permit lodging businesses to change prices or lengths of stay based on weather forecasts.

He said La Quinta Inn & Suites said longer stays were necessary because of possible overbooking.

A spokeswoman for La Quinta did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment. Rubenstein said the hotel did not admit to violation of law and denies the allegations.

Rubenstein says the hotel did not charge guests for unused nights, but customers were forced to stay at higher-priced hotels or remain at home during the storm.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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