The new regulations approved by the Portuguese Parliament to regulate and limit tourist apartments, whose practice increased by 33% last year, came into effect this Sunday and aims to combat the well-known effect of "gentrification", especially in Lisbon, Oporto or in the Portuguese Algarve.
Among the most significant measures included in the new regulations is that the records of the apartments will have to be approved and controlled by the Town Councils themselves.
Even, the neighborhood community or the neighborhood may request, if agreed by majority, the closure of the tourist apartment in case of non-compliance with some minimum requirements of security, health or if there are disturbances that prevent normal living. It must be remembered that here in Spain the Government also wants give power to the neighborhood community to veto that there are tourist apartments in the building.
In addition, the neighbors may request an increase of up to 30% of the quota of the community of neighbors for the owner of the tourist apartment.
To register this activity, the owner will have to present an instance to the City Council, a requirement that was not necessary until now, since it was sufficient to present the request to the public entity Turismo de Portugal.
In case the tourist apartment contravenes the law that goes into effect today, the owner will face fines between 2,500 and 4,000 euros and in the case of companies, they will range between 25,000 and 40,000 euros.
According to the tourist and hotel associations of Portugal, the practice of tourist accommodation means income for around 33,000 Portuguese families, since there are just over 70,000 tourist apartments in the country.