October 4, 2023

S’pore genuine estate agent fined S$1.16m for subletting attributes on Airbnb, HomeAway

From left: Claremont, Residences @ 338A, and The Abode at Devonshire condominiums (Images: Google Road Check out)

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean serious estate agent who delivered unauthorised brief-expression lodging on Airbnb and HomeAway was fined S$1.158 million by the Singapore district court docket on Monday (30 Could).

Simon Chan Chai Wan’s fine is the largest quantity at any time imposed on an personal in Singapore for offences relating to unauthorised brief-expression stays, stated the City Redevelopment Authority (URA) in a press launch.

The 57-12 months-old experienced offered the arrangements at non-public household attributes with the assist of his girlfriend and fellow true estate agent Zhao Jing. Zhao, a 43-12 months-aged Singaporean, was fined S$84,000 for her function, which included controlling the listings.

Chan received a whole income of S$1,254,907.78 from the 14 premises he allow out for brief-expression lodging between 30 June 2017 and July 2018. Chan paid out Zhao about S$52,000 in full for her help — which functions out to a regular salary of S$4,000.

Under the URA’s polices, all personal household qualities have to be rented out for a minimum amount period of three consecutive months.

Chan pleaded responsible to 9 rates underneath the Setting up Act, while Zhao pleaded guilty to 4 fees beneath the very same act. Respectively, every single had 5 and 10 costs taken into thing to consider for their sentencing.

Chan had been the director or ex-director of HTM Methods, HTM Management, and SNS Infotech at the time. Zhao experienced also been concerned as director of HTM Solutions and HTM Managements.

Working with the a few firms and Zhao, Chan rented 14 private residences and detailed them them on numerous small-expression allowing platforms these types of as Airbnb and HomeAway.

The premises that Chan permit out were in condominiums or flats in primary regions of Tanjong Pagar, River Valley, Orchard and Keppel Bay.

Two residential units have been at International Plaza, a few models at Robinson Suites, 5 models at Claremont condominium, a device at condominium Residences @ 338A, a device at condominium The Abode at Devonshire, a unit at Centrepoint Flats and a unit at Caribbean at Keppel Bay condominium.

To lease the qualities, Chan and Zhao entered tenancy agreements with the house owners of these models as a result of his organizations. The couple did not reveal that they had been subletting the units for quick-time period accommodation, or search for permission to do so.

Chan lied to the some of the house owners by boasting that Zhao and her youngster, or that Zhao and her spouse would reside at the rented units.

Besides aiding Chan in leasing two units, Zhao helped set up and regulate the accounts on Airbnb. She also posted listings on the system. Chan took cost of the day to day operation of the units.

Amongst December 2017 and May perhaps 2018, CISCO officers inspected various units sub-letted by Chan and found foreigners and their family members keeping there.

For employing the premises to give small-expression accommodation of significantly less than three months, a to start with time offender may well be fined up S$200,000.

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