Hua Hin: District chief looking into Pool Villas advertising as "Homestay"
Talk News Online reported that the district chief of Hua Hin is looking into the concept of dozens of pool villas in the seaside town offering daily rents as "homestay".
Some people will see this as an effort to rein in "party houses".
TNO reported that 20,000 properties nationwide are being looked into under Article 44. These relate to use of properties as hotels with daily rentals. Many are acting illegally throughout Thailand.
Properties have up to two years before final rules come into place. At present there is an amnesty as properties are asked to register their change of usage from private to commercial.
Thanon Phanpheephat said that many pool villas in Hua Hin had registered as "homestays".
He said that the local authority in conjunction with other agencies are looking into the whole matter regarding the legality and rules connected to the letting of pool villas on a daily basis.
The move refers to properties with four rooms or less catering to 20 people or less.
Thaivisa notes that there have been many complaints in the past from Hua Hin residents, and elsewhere in Thailand, regarding villas being let to holidaying groups.
Sometimes these have been referred to as "party houses" with noise disturbing other residents.
Source: Talk News Online
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