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Crackdown on Phuket condo owners confirmed

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Crackdown on condo owners confirmed
Phuket Gazette

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Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat reaffirmed today a tough new stance against accommodation owners operating illegally as hotels. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

PHUKET: -- Condominium owners in Phuket caught renting out their units on a daily basis face fines and jail time if they do not register their properties as hotels.

Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat reaffirmed today a renewed crackdown on owners of condominium complexes and individual unit owners who are operating illegally as hotels, after the provincial land office issued a warning letter to condo owners in Phuket on June 9.

The letter, signed by Phuket Land Office chief Wisit Chokchai, warned that anyone found illegally running hotel-like accommodation faces fines of up to 20,000 baht and prison terms of up to one year, possibly both.

“Phuket officially has about 50,000 hotel rooms but we know that there are in fact close to 100,000 rooms in the province that are being operated like hotels through rentals on a daily basis,” said the vice governor.

“We aim to make Phuket a model province in this respect, so all those rooms must be registered under the Hotel Act BE 2004, which was a directive issued by the Ministry of Interior."

Full story: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Crackdown-condo-owners-confirmed/64175?desktopversion

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-- Phuket Gazette 2016-07-06

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Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

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Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

Many wrongs have been going on for years and even decades that past elected governments did not fix.

But this government has started fixing issues since two years ago.

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This is the smile of " now we're going to screw you well and proper farangs " on this man's face.....

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Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

Im guessing hotels, complaining during off season low... giggle.gif

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Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

Many wrongs have been going on for years and even decades that past elected governments did not fix.

But this government has started fixing issues since two years ago.

Fixing issues that are more in their and other hiso's interests you mean?

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I wonder if this law will be selectively enforced

No need to wonder. I give you a 100% guarantee that this law will only be enforced upon Thais with no connections/farang.

It's an assassination attempt on AirBnB in Phuket. They were taking away too much money from the Thai hotel owners

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Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

Im guessing hotels, complaining during off season low... giggle.gif

Agree, even though TAT is reporting record arrivals of tourists, the average Phuket hotel that does not have a contract with a Chinese tour operator is seeing lower trade every year.

I am guessing many hotels are being hurt so badly that they even started asking of enforcement of rules. Given the sheer number of hotels and the amounts invested the lobby must have been strong and the local government finally decided to help them out.

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I'm guessing too: the government is crack down on many things, from land encroachment to corruption.

Been going on for years. Wonder why the crackdown now?

Im guessing hotels, complaining during off season low... giggle.gif

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And what is it that makes to wonder? And why?

I wonder if this law will be selectively enforced

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Most people misunderstand this news.

It's about:

1) Condo developers with many unsold units in their buildings and decide to use at least 4 such units to operate as a hotel

and

2) Condo unit owners that own at least 4 units in the same building and operate those as a hotel

Such activity requires a hotel license according to the Hotel Act.

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This is another nail in the coffin of the Thai property market. Most people who buy condos in Phuket buy for investment purposes if you are not allowed to rent them out why would you buy. Lets face it 90 percent of condo owners are farang so its just another slap on the face for farangs.

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