When is a home a guest house?

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Dear Hillary,

With the new government regulations, I am a little perturbed. I have house guests coming from back home very frequently. I’ve had five sets this year and it looks like there are more coming for Xmas. If I had nothing else to do other than entertain old friends then it would be fine, but I am employed, so I have to do as well. I don’t want to give old friends the cold shoulder, and I don’t want to be arrested for running a guest house, but I’m at my wits end, honestly! What should I do?

Guesthouse Gert

Dear Gert,

Getting lots of house guests is a very common problem when you live in a place that other people save for 11 months to come and visit. It is also very normal for your old friends to want to see you, and possibly save some money by staying with you. As far as the legislation is concerned, that is to cover commercial enterprises, and I don’t think you are charging your old friends for staying in your spare room, are you? Or are you? You actually have the other answer already when you called yourself “Guesthouse” Gert. To make it easier for you and for them, tell your friends that as you have other work to do, you will leave everything out for them for their breakfast and then you will meet them for dinner at 7 p.m. and do things together from there. I am sure your friends will appreciate that even though they are on holidays, you are not. They need time to themselves too and will be grateful for the chances to explore on their own. Have some brochures in the room with suggested trips like the Nong Nuch and let them take it from there. They will be happy you can do your work, and you can enjoy each other’s company at night. Just think about it, but don’t get one of those nice wooden signs with “Gert’s Guest House” carved into it. The authorities might get the wrong impression

  • Chris

    If you are not advertising as a guest house anywhere, how are the authorities even going to know who you have staying with you and when. What you do need to do though is to make sure that you are extending your hospitality to genuine friends and family rather than let acquaintances take advantage of a cheap holiday at your expense.
    Genuine friends and family will have no problems fending for themselves and will understand that you have your life and work to deal with as you are not on holiday just because they are.

    • J West Hardin

      The new law does require every new guest to be registered with police within 24 hours…..commercial or private.