The Daily Halacha Moment - Hotel & Bedikat Chametz 🕯️
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Does one need to perform bedikat chametz if one stays in a hotel or rented house over pesach?
If a person will be spending Pesach away from home and arrived at his destination prior to the night of the fourteenth, he is obligated to perform bedikat chametz there. 
A person who rents an apartment from a non-Jew over Pesach must perform a bedikah, even if the key was still in the hands of the non-Jew on the night of the fourteenth of Nissan. 
If the key to an apartment is in the tenant’s possession on the thirteenth of Nissan, the tenant is required to perform a bedikah. This halachah applies even if he has no intention of moving in until after Pesach. In such a situation, both the tenant and the owner should nullify any chametz in the apartment. 
If a person rents a house on the fourteenth by day (or at night, after the bedikah could have been performed) and does not know whether a bedikah was already performed, he should clarify with the owner or a family member of his. If the owner is out of town or unavailable, one may assume that he performed a bedikah, and the new tenant is only
required to nullify the chametz. [See footnote 5]
One who arrived at a hotel on erev Pesach during the day and will be staying there throughout Pesach must perform bedikat chametz in his hotel room (without a berachah) even though he already performed one in his home the night before. 
Similarly, A yeshivah student is obligated to perform bedikat chametz in his dorm room without a berachah, even if he will not be there during Pesach. 
. Shulchan Aruch 437:1.
. Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 542.
. Shulchan Aruch 437:1.
. Mishnah Berurah 437:6.
. Shulchan Aruch 437:2. Obviously, this is assuming that the landlord is an observant Jew and there is a likelihood that he actually performed a bedikah before leaving. See Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 553, which points out that if the owner is not Torah observant, he may not be believed that he did a proper bedikah.
. Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 566.
. See Teshuvot VeHanhagot 1:287; Shalmei Moed, p. 315; and Yalkut Yosef, Pesach, vol. 1, p. 572.
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