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Manager and operator of unlicensed guesthouses fined

     A man and a woman were fined $8,000 and $10,000 at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (January 13) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in June and July last year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), the Home Affairs Department, inspected two suspected unlicensed guesthouses on Nathan Road in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan. The OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented rooms in the guesthouses on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA's record, these guesthouses did not possess licences under the Ordinance on the days of inspection. The man and the woman responsible for managing and operating the premises 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, January 13, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:32


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