Manager fined HK$10,000 for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance


16th September 2020 – (Hong Kong)    A man was fined HK$10,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts today for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.
 The courts heard that in June last year, officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), the Home Affairs Department, inspected a suspected unlicensed guesthouse on Temple Street in Jordan. During the inspection, the OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented a room in the guesthouse on a daily basis.
 According to the OLA’s records, the guesthouse did not possess a licence under the Ordinance on the day of inspection. The man responsible for managing the premises 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 can lead to a criminal record. Upon conviction, the offender is liable to a maximum fine of HK$200,000 and two years’ imprisonment.