CONDO RENTAL BATTLES CONTINUE

The ongoing issue of condos and rooms being rented out as daily and weekly rentals, illegally, is making headlines again.

The ongoing issue of condos and rooms being rented out as daily and weekly rentals, illegally, is making headlines again.

Some 170 illegal hotel and resort operators in Hua Hin have been warned to register and obtain licences within a month or they could face jail or a fine.

Thanon Phanpipas, Hua Hin district chief, is reported by The Nation as saying that operators of unlicensed hotels and resorts must register within a month from May 16 or they would face a maximum jail term of one year and a maximum fine of Bt20,000 plus a daily maximum fine of Bt10,000.

Thanon said he has been informed that owners of some 170 houses, pool villas and apartments have been using their premises to provide hotel services without seeking licences. The district chief said the unregistered services could be substandard and would affect Hua Hin’s reputation as a tourist destination.

It could also affect national security as the operators would not report foreigners staying at their places to immigration officials.

Another example has been a group of tenants in Bangkok complaining that they discovered owners of apartment rooms in their ‘luxury condo’ on Rama IV were contravening condominium rules and sub-letting their rooms.

Visitors were seen using methods to get round fingerprint scanners to enter the luxury building. Notices were clearly on display reminding owners that offering rooms on platforms like Air BnB on a daily basis was illegal.

The notice threatens residents or owners contravening the rules would have their water cut and be fined 5,000 THB. A tenants’ group has taken the matter a step further demanding that the police take action against the condo committee who refuses to accept there is a problem.

Their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. They claim that opening the condo up to daily rent is unsafe and illegal whether it is Thai or foreign tourists staying at in their building.

The latest example has been a group of tenants in Bangkok complaining that they discovered owners of apartment rooms in their ‘luxury condo’ on Rama IV were contravening condominium rules and sub-letting their rooms.

Visitors were seen using methods to get round fingerprint scanners to enter the luxury building. Notices were clearly on display reminding owners that offering rooms on platforms like Air BnB on a daily basis was illegal.

The notice threatens residents or owners contravening the rules would have their water cut and be fined 5,000 THB. A tenants’ group has taken the matter a step further demanding that the police take action against the condo committee who refuses to accept there is a problem.

Their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. They claim that opening the condo up to daily rent is unsafe and illegal whether it is Thai or foreign tourists staying at in their building.