Managers of unlicensed guesthouses fined

     Three women were fined $8,000 each at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (January 24) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in July last year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), the Home Affairs Department, inspected three suspected unlicensed guesthouses on Tung Choi Street, Portland Street and Nam Cheong Street in Kowloon. During the inspections, the 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 calling the hotline (Tel: 2881 7498), by email ( or 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 24, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:15