Law on “Prohibition of Providing Illegal Accommodation”
According to Law No.3/2010 on “Prohibition of Providing Illegal Accommodation” that took effect on 13 August 2010, it is stipulated that:
1. People who provide guest accommodation to the public in premises other than hotels (including residential, commercial or industrial premises) and without a legal hotel licence can be regarded as providing illegal accommodation (except under specific circumstances).
2. People providing illegal accommodation services, or taking control of the premises in any form or by any means, will face administrative fines ranging from MOP200, 000 to MOP800, 000 for the irregularities.
3. Provisional measures (including cutting the water and electricity supplies) will be imposed by competent authorities on premises suspected of providing accommodation illegally. Owners of the above premises who restore the water and electricity supplies without authorization could face a prison sentence of 2 years maximum.
4. Owners of the premises providing illegal accommodation are under special co-operation obligations, which include: contacting the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) to assist with the investigation within 30 days of receipt of the notice; to provide relevant information and terminate the status of providing illegal accommodation (e.g. to terminate the lease agreement). Administrative fines ranging from MOP20, 000 to MOP100, 000 will be charged for breaches.
5. Property agents and premise management units failing to co-operate with MGTO (in providing relevant documents, providing information pertaining to the identities and contact details of the suspects and other information such as video recordings of the relevant buildings) could face fines ranging from MOP3, 000 to MOP20, 000.
Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) reiterates its determination to combat the above illegal activities. Applications and continuations of temporary residency permits under Local Real Estate, Investment Plan / Major Investment or Management / Technical Scheme may be affected or cancelled if temporary residency applicants violate the law on “Prohibition of Providing Illegal Accommodation”, be it providing illegal accommodation directly or in breach of the cooperation obligations with the law enforcement departments.
(The English and Portuguese versions are for reference purpose only. In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version is considered as the official interpretations.)