Cross-departmental Working Team operations carried on One premise with 24 bedspaces sealed

From yesterday 5 p.m. until 5p.m. today (October 3), the Cross-departmental Working Team sealed a premise suspected to provide accommodation illegally. The premise comprised 24 bedspaces and 9 occupants were found.
The premise, which comprised three rooms, offered 24 bedspaces. According to investigation and statement obtained on site, occupants paid about 60 patacas a day to rent a bedspace.
Since the law on "Prohibition of Providing Illegal Accommodation" took effect on August 13, a total of 579 premises were checked, of which 73 premises suspected to provide accommodation illegally were sealed, while 65 were normal residences. Ensuing investigations on the rest of the premises have been launched. Among the checked premises, some were vacant or unoccupied. Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and the Public Security Police Force (PSP) will continue investigation on unanswered doors, which are suspected to be used to provide accommodation illegally. Meanwhile, during investigations to other cases, PSP has found four premises suspected to provide accommodation illegally and informed the Cross-departmental Working Team to handle the cases.
To help the investigations, when necessary, MGTO can request a judicial order to enter into the suspect premises to investigate.
To date, the operations involved more than 582 occupants, among whom 318 were occupants of premises suspected to provide accommodation illegally and were investigated, including 12 operators, 9 touts, 9 persons who manage the premises that provide accommodation illegally (management staff) and 4 occupants who failed to fulfill their duty of cooperation (among the three occupants who failed to fulfill their duty of cooperation, one has paid the fine). Among the occupants, there were 13 overstayers and 11 illegal immigrants.
Following the raid to premises suspected to provide accommodation illegally, MGTO began sanction proceedings on involved operators, touts and managing staff, and adopted provisional measures to cut the supply of water and electricity to the concerned premises and sealed the doors. According to the new law, operators and person who manage the premise that provide accommodation illegally (management staff) incur a penalty up to 800 000 patacas, touts can be fined up to 100 000 patacas and occupants who fail to cooperate are fined 3 000 patacas. Public can also call 2833 3000 to report suspected premises.

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