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2 The Portugal News • 21 Jul 2018                                   News


                                    Stricter laws for local lodging



                                    New laws passed this week by the leftist parties in Parliament has seen
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      1977. Depósito Legal NºDepósito Legal Nº 80258/94  that can qualify for local lodging licences (Alojamento Local - AL). The
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      publisher@theportugalnews.com  landlords, saying the move is a step in the wrong direction and will have a
      Madeline Luckman              negative impact on tourism.
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      Apt 13 • 8401-901 • Lagoa            Parliament on         accompanied by an authorisation
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      Rua Município de S. Domingo   Socialists, Communists and the  Town Halls can however oppose  Earlier this year,the national
      Urb.Lagoa Sol • Lote 3 r/c    Left Bloc, town halls will now be
      8400-415 Lagoa                                             the application. Should it be  association of estate agents in
                                    able to create “areas of     favourable, the town hall will have  Portugal (APEMIP) warned that
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                                    allow councils to limit the number  days to verify that the unit is  restrictions on local lodging
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                                    of AL licences issued in a   conformity with existing     threaten the well-being of the
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      Accounts:  +351 282 343 653   neighbourhood. Town Halls and  requirements.              property market.
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      Newsdesk   +351 282 380 313   parish councils will also be able  Condominiums can also    APEMIP issued a statement
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                                    stipulate a maximum percentage  demand an additional payment of  following Friday’s debate, saying
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                                    of units which can hold an AL  home owners’ fees of up to 30  “the very existence of local lodging
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      Email:                        licence in specific areas.   percent as a result of the increased  could be at risk”. This follows plans
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                                    identified by councils, a single  holidaymakers.          letting out properties to seek the
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                                    more than seven AL licences. This  laws and regulations have also  homeowners’ associations prior to
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                                    licences issued once the law  private individuals and 40,000  licence.
      Distributors:                 VASP  comes into effect, which is set to  euros for companies.   APEMIP said at the time that the
                                    occur within 60 days of its   Hotel and Restaurant        approval of local lodging
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                                    Gazette.                     Portugal Local Lodging       had a hugely positive effect on the  lodging laws existed long before
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      PRODUCTION                     There is also a stipulation that  Association (ALEP) have  residential real estate market and  AL even came into force, adding
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      Publisher:                    “hostels” cannot exist in residential  meanwhile expressed their  served to boost the national  that this sector generated 120
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                                    buildings without the consent of  “shock” at this legislative rewrite.  market as a whole.  million euros in taxes in 2017
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      Editor:                       the condominium.              They argue that Town Halls can  “Local lodging has brought  alone.
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      newsdesk@theportugalnews.com   Home owners can also stop   now create the so-called areas of  investment, encouraged   He concluded by saying that
                                    neighbours from letting out their  containment without justifying their  renovations and brought new  “leaving the decision as to whether
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                                    properties to holiday makers. The  decision, saying it opens the  dynamism to city centres, while  or not a person may rent out their
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      SALES MANAGER                 new law also states that whenever  decision-making process to  also saving the building and  property in the hands of fellow
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      Sónia Seixas                  more than half of home owners  subjective opinions of each and  restaurant industries, while also  homeowners is letting them
      sales@theportugalnews.com     are against an apartment(s) being  every council.         creating jobs for people who  become prisoners to envious and
                                    adapted for holiday lettings, citing  The associations add that the  would otherwise have had to leave  bad neighbours.”
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      ACCOUNTS MANAGER                                                                                                       Almost 60,000 properties are
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      Gaby Rodrigues                issues affecting the daily lives of  new laws are in contrast to other  the country”, APEMIP President,  currently registered across the
      accounts@theportugalnews.com  others, they may vote against  reforms across the EU, which, as  Luís Lima, argued.
                                    approval, followed by informing  opposed to Portugal, have  He added that problems     country, with the majority located in
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      Facebook, Twitter and Kiss FM  Any new AL licence requests will  residential tourism and  proposals aiming to alter local  by Albufeira.
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