A condo manager in Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, faces charges after a swoop found that the 22 storey Soi 11 building was operating as an illegal hotel with “Up to ten people in a room.”
Officials found that most of those renting rooms daily and weekly were Arabs in Thailand for "Health tourism purposes". In twenty rooms they found nearly 100 people who had "NOT been registered as guests with immigration".
The raid was undertaken by government administration officers, land department and revenue officials and Lumpini police after complaints were received that the Liberty Park 2 condominium was being used as a hotel.
Complainants said that they were suffering annoyance and lack of security. The building has a total of 137 units.
Juristic person manager Sakchai Nithiaphapphan, 67, had 48 units under his control in the building. The officials found that 20 were occupied with up to ten in a room and almost 100 people staying in total. They did not discover illegal visitors.
Sakchai admitted that he was responsible for looking after the building and said that most of the people in the units under his control were Arabs in Thailand taking advantage of cheaper health care than in their own coun tries. They were charged 500 baht per person per day and usually stayed for 2 to 7 days he said.
He added: “I have been doing this for decades – lots of other places do the same thing.”
He admitted that he had not reported the presence of the visitors to immigration that is required under the law and intimated that this was due to the fact that unit owners wanted to avoid paying tax.
He was charged with not reporting foreigners who were staying in the building to immigration and operating as a hotel without a license and taken to Lumpini police station.