Theft of property brought into an Italian hotel: what to do and what the hotel-keeper’s liability is under European and Italian provisions

In case a guest at a European (and thus Italian) hotel suffers damage, destruction or loss (theft) of goods which he had brought (in)to the hotel, the hotel-keeper should be held responsible and therefore the guest has a right to compensation according to European and Italian provisions. In Italy, the liability of the hotel-keeper shall be limited to the value of the goods, up to the equivalent of one hundred (100) times the daily charge for the room. However, the liability of

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European Small Claims Procedure

EU Regulation no. 861/2007 established a “Small Claims Procedure” which is applicable in all EU Member States except Denmark. The European Small Claims Procedure intends “to improve access to justice by simplifying cross-border small claims litigation in civil and commercial matters (thefts, debt collection, etc., e.n.) and reducing costs. “Small claims” are cases concerning sums under EUR 2,000 (…). Judgments delivered under this procedure are recognized and enforceable in the other Member States without the need for a declaration of

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