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Hotel Raids continue in South Pattaya

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The Hotel Act is being enforced more every day with the 2021 full compliance to the 2016 amendment deadline approaching. Don't get caught for something that you thought was legal. 

 
With the clampdown on short term rentals continuing a number of hotels, bars, restaurants and buildings with daily/weekly rental signs were raided on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June 2018 in Soi 17 South Pattaya, including many local favourite drinking spots.
 
Properties were descended on by Army, Police and District Officers. The properties were inspected and any evidence seized. Owners and managers were arrested and taken to Pattaya Police Station, if Hotel Licences or other laws were suspected of being broken.
 
After payment for release and being interviewed they will now face further investigation, and charges will be brought against any found providing daily or weekly room rentals without the correct licences.
 
If you are caught operating illegally the risk of high fines and even imprisonment is definitely worth investigating.
 
Online agent listings are also being investigated to target large numbers of businesses that are currently operating illegally. OTA's including companies like Airbnb which was reported to be trading in Thailand illegally are also coming under the spotlight.
 
A visit to Banglamung District Office in Sukhumvit Road to confirm if your building is now classified under the 2016 Hotel Act amendment and requires a licence. Or, they can issue your exemption certificate so that you can legally rent rooms on a daily basis and have your certificate displayed if your business is inspected.
 
This applies throughout Thailand.
 
We encourage anyone renting short term accommodation regardless of whether you are operating a guesthouse, homestay, villa or home rental, condominium, bar or restaurant with rooms or just 1 room to visit your local District Office for your Hotel Licence application or exemption certificate.
 
City Hall cannot issue a licence for daily rentals, but they can inspect your property for suitability.
 
The amendment to the Thailand Hotel Act may well affect you.
 
The old exemption of 5 rooms or less and less than 20 guests no longer applies.
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Why aren't they raiding more condo buildings?

They can start with my building if they like.


They aren't clairvoyant enough or the crystal ball is at the cleaners ?
Maybe they have a phone hotline ?

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They have raided a number of condominium buildings and are inspecting all buildings.

 

It takes time as they usually have a team of Army, Police and local Authority Officers which need co-ordinating. The inspections will become more frequent and many will be prosecuted.

 

Condominiums especially are not designed as hotels and it does affect many residents. It is now illegal to rent daily under both condominium act and the hotel act.

 

It is however not only condominiums that are affected by the 2016 amendment.

 

It is ALL buildings.

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They aren't clairvoyant enough or the crystal ball is at the cleaners ?


They dont need either. Pick any condo building here at random: the odds are it will have someone doing short-term rentals in it. Very few buildings seem to escape this. And in some condo buildings you only need to stand outside for a few minutes to realise just how many tourists are arriving in coaches daily.

But another option would be to make a list of the building addresses that are given as a destination on the TM6s of tourists arriving without a visa, or the addresses that are reported to immigration for TM31s. Then just target the building names that show up most often. Once they are done, move on to the others. An immigration computer could spit that list out in seconds.

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3 hours ago, sam neuts said:

They have raided a number of condominium buildings and are inspecting all buildings.

 

How can they check condos ? Are they visiting each of their hundred of rooms and asking people inside to prove for their status and length of stay ? Seems Mission Impossible to me... :unsure:

 

Also could you please give a few names of these Pattaya condominium already "raided" ?

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6 hours ago, KittenKong said:



They can start with my building if they like.

also had one to offer ?

 

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So how much air is in the condo prices due to them being used as illegal hotels? 40%? 60%? 80?

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Just a diabolical thought:
Guest house has occupant sign a 1 Month release, collects a few night's worth as rent deposit, and agrees on trms of cancellation without charge.
What now?

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5 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

So how much air is in the condo prices due to them being used as illegal hotels? 40%? 60%? 80?

Very small in my opinion. This short-term rental issue has only become an issue in my building in last several years. Condo prices are high relative to houses because it is the only way a foreigner can have the title in his own name. 

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Full compliance is in 2021. By then, the "raiders" will have thought of another money-generating "shake-down" scheme.
Could it be, that mainly "foreighn-owned" businesses are the main target?
Farang investors seem to be more interested in the subject than the Thais themselves.


As long as the "raiders" are grossly underpaid, "shake-downs", "crack-downs", "clean-up's", "knock-downs", "mop-up's" will be the order of the day. (Yawn).
But I am sure some hotel-licence crack down is more lucrative than rounding up the "usual suspects" of Lady-Boys on Beach Road.
Don't worry, be happy and hand over the brown envelope when the time is right. (Original text of an ancient Thai Folk Song.)


Food for thaught: Any legislation, violating the social concept of THAI RAK THAI in a major way will not be enforced.
Note: It's "Thai Rak Thai" and not "Thai Rak Farang."
Cheers.

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How can they check condos ? Are they visiting each of their hundred of rooms and asking people inside to prove for their status and length of stay ? Seems Mission Impossible to me...


Many condo buildings have rental agencies on the premises, and these are usually the ones in which the problem is greatest.

Not hard to raid such an office and examine the paperwork and accounts.

It should be easy enough to get the likes of Airbnb and other online booking agencies to provide full contact details of the owners and agents doing this also.

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