The case where two men were charged over providing illegal short-term stays to tenants is a warning to other hosts who are either ignorant or did not expect the seriousness or consequences of such activities (Duo charged over illegal home rental under new regulations; Dec 6).
There may be law-abiding and peace-loving families or individuals who are genuinely in need of short-term shelter.
They may prefer to rent, as hotels and serviced apartments are costly. Cheap hotels are also concentrated near the red-light or downtown districts and are not family-friendly.
However, allowing a frequent change of tenants could cause anxiety among residents and also extra work for security personnel.
I suggest that we introduce a "short-term stay tax system" to owners who want to rent out their properties for such purposes.
They will also have to submit the particulars of their short-term tenants to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs and the condominium's management.
Syed Abdul Muneef Syed Muhammad