Managers of unlicensed guesthouses sentenced

     Four women were charged with contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (November 22). A woman was sentenced to two months' imprisonment. The other three women were fined from $7,000 to $8,000.
     The courts heard that from February to May this year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), the Home Affairs Department, inspected four suspected unlicensed guesthouses on Yu Chau Street, Jordan Road, Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Shantung Street in Kowloon. OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented rooms in these guesthouses on a daily basis.
     According to the OLA's records, these guesthouses did not possess licences under the Ordinance on the days of inspection. The women responsible for managing 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 by 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, November 22, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:30