Thai Court ruled Air BnB illegal
Since a recent court ruling air bnb to be illegal in thailand, there have been multiple crackdowns across the country, including Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin.
In June, a letter was sent to the Wan Vayla condominium complex in Khao Tao from the local authority outlining the court’s decision in two of three cases where condominiums were rented out for less than a month. In one case a fine of 5,000 baht must be paid and 500 baht per for each of twenty days totaling 15,000 baht. In the second case a 5,000 baht fine must also be paid with further fines of 100 baht for an 81 day period. A third case is pending.
The ruling could effectively be the beginning of the end for companies like Air BnB in Thailand who have consistently said that what they are offering in the kingdom is legal.Under the ruling, people renting out their rooms via Airbnb on a daily or weekly basis are acting illegally as they have not obtained a licence to run a hotel business under the 2004 Hotel Act. Only rentals of 30 days or more would be considered legal.