Portugal to clamp down on local lodging
20 October 2018
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A new bill enabling city councils to restrict tourist lets came into effect in Portugal on Sunday as a measure to make housing and rental prices more affordable for residents.
The new measure provides for, âcontainment areasâ that contribute to âpreserving the social reality of neighborhoods and places,â according to the bill, which also makes it possible to âimpose limits on the number of establishmentsâ used for short-term rentals.
House prices and rents have been rising steeply in recent months, particularly in Lisbon and Porto, in part because of strong demand from foreign buyers and properties being withdrawn from the long-term rental market to be used for more lucrative tourist lets.
Containment areas will be defined by local municipalities every two years, and each single owner may only let a maximum of seven housing units on a short-term basis.
Lisbon city council has already said it will suspend registrations for short-term housing in the historical neighbourhoods of Madragoa, Castelo, Alfama, Mouraria and Bairro Alto.
Portugalâs Socialist government has been working on a set of new measures aimed at increasing the number of homes available at affordable prices to be included in the 2019 state budget.
20 October 2018
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