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Managers of unlicensed guesthouses fined

     Four women were fined $8,000 to $16,000 at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (September 23) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance. One of them was also sentenced to one month's imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, for each of two charges, to be executed concurrently.

     The courts heard that in February to April this year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), Home Affairs Department, inspected five unlicensed guesthouses on Nelson Street, Tung Choi Street and Shantung Street in Mong Kok. The OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented rooms in these guesthouses on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA's records, the guesthouses did not possess licences under the Ordinance on the days of inspection. The female managers of the guesthouses were 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 anyone with information about suspected unlicensed guesthouses to report it to the OLA through the hotline (Tel: 2881 7498), by email (, by fax (2504 5805) using the report form downloaded from the OLA website (, or through the mobile application "Hong Kong Licensed Hotels and Guesthouses".

Ends/Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:05


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