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Man fined for managing unlicensed guesthouse

     A man was fined $2,500 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (October 22) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in April this year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), Home Affairs Department, posed as lodgers and successfully rented a room in the guesthouse in Percival Street, Causeway Bay, on a daily basis.

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

     A department spokesman stressed that operating or managing an unlicensed guesthouse is a criminal offence and will lead to a criminal record. Upon conviction, the offender is liable to a maximum fine of $200,000 and two years' imprisonment.

     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, October 22, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:40


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