Traditional Chinese Simplified Chinese Email this article
Managers fined for illegal guesthouse operation

     A man and a woman were each fined $5,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (December 11) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), Home Affairs Department, inspected a suspected unlicensed guesthouse on Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, in May this year. An OLA officer posed as a lodger and rented accomodation in the guesthouse on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA's record, the guesthouse did not possess a valid certificate of exemption or licence under the Ordinance on the day of inspection. The male and female managers of the premises were charged with contravening section 5(1) of the Ordinance.

     A department spokesman stressed that it is a criminal offence to operate or manage an unlicensed guesthouse. Any person who is convicted of operating or managing an unlicensed guesthouse is liable to imprisonment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a $200,000 fine and imprisonment for two years.

     He appealed to the public to report suspected illegal guesthouses to the OLA through the OLA hotline (2881 7498), by email ( or fax (fax number: 2504 5805) using the report form downloaded from the website (

Ends/Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Issued at HKT 17:30


Print this page