THREE unlicensed budget hotels were ordered to cease operations yesterday when Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) made a surprise visit to their premises.
Twenty-one guests were told to pack up and leave the hotels.
MPSJ enforcement officers seized five televisions, one computer and a mini refrigerator and sealed off the hotels’ main doors.
The hotels in Jalan USJ Sentral 1 and 3 were previously issued compounds and notices, months before the morning raid.
However, the owners failed to obtain a business licence.
During the raid, the hotels were fined under the Hotel Bylaw (MPSJ) 2013 which states that no one can operate a hotel without a licence by the licensing authority and can be issued a compound of not more than RM1,000.
The council also has the right to close the premises.
MPSJ corporate communications senior assistant director Helda Syima Abu Talab said there are 60 licensed budget hotels in areas under the council’s jurisdiction.
“We have identified 30 hotels that have been operating without a business licence and we will take action against these hotels.”
These unlicensed hotels are located in USJ 1, PJS 11 and SS15.
The licensing department will conduct checks from time to time to ensure business owners comply with the rules and regulations.
MPSJ is calling for all business operators including hotel owners to ensure that they have a valid business licence from the council.
Those who want to apply for a business licence can refer to the Licensing Guidelines for hotels and Hotel Development Guidelines by visiting www.mpsj.gov.my