Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is leading a purge of illegal hotels across Thailand.
It’s estimated there are 20,000 illegal hotels and accommodation services nationwide and the PM wants them controlled to improve safety for guests.
The illegal hotels are accused of abusing laws relating to land use, city planning, building control and hotel business registration.
The PM’s order notes that many people lease their buildings, houses or apartments in the same manner as hotels without permission or proper management.
Measures to be enacted will include the inspection of hotels by local officials to ensure they meet safety requirements, especially those relating to fire hazards.