Authorities Swoop on ‘Illegal’ Seminyak Villa
The Bali Times
POLICE, city guardians (Satpol PP) and tax officials inspected a new foreign-owned villa complex in Seminyak on Monday that they claim does not have a building permit (IMB), has not registered as a foreign investment firm (PMA) and has not paid tax. The Australian owner was overseas.
Bali Yarravillas, located along an alleyway near the popular Bintang supermarket, opened last December and has been receiving staying guests, despite not having a license to trade, Satpol official I Nyoman Sujana told reporters during the inspection.
Owner John Westbury and manager Rudy Wicaksono were in Australia and planned to return to Bali on February 26, villa employee Ketut Budartawan said.
Budartawan told officials that he did not know anything about the legal permits for the complex.
“I’ve asked [manager] Pak Rudi why the official villa name plate hasn’t been put up yet; he just said the building permit was still being processed,” he said.
When The Bali Times visited the villa during the inspection several foreigners were seen at the complex. A number of travel-review websites list postings from holidaymakers who have stayed at Yarravillas, while a booking log on Yarravillas’ website shows various-size rooms booked from October 2009 to September this year.
Sujana said his office had issued a summons for the Westbury and Wicaksono to appear at his office next Monday.
He added that illegal villas hurt the development and progress of Bali, as revenues are not paid to the government. Lawful villa and hotel owners say the practice is unfair as they are obliged to pay substantial taxes.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment