Fears of ‘very negative impact’ from new rental housing decision
The Portuguese Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRESP) said the court ruling on tourist apartments in residential buildings ‘could have a very negative impact’ and even ‘destabilize’ the accommodation business local (LA).
“As a representative entity of this activity and concerned about the effects that this decision may have, AHRESP requests the guardianship to meet urgently to discuss this problem with a view to its resolution,” reads a note. published by the association.
This is a judgment of the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ), published Thursday by the newspaper Público, which concludes that “in the horizontal property regime, the indication in the constitutive title, that a certain fraction is intended for housing, must be interpreted in the sense that it is not permitted to create local accommodation (AL)”.
The association concludes, “it will not fail to have a persuasive effect, ensuring that future decisions respond to the agreement now given, which considers that it is not possible to exercise a hosting activity proximity with a residence permit, which could have a very negative impact or even destabilize an entire economic activity”.
AHRESP points out that the Local Accommodation legal regime does not mention “specifically which title must be taken into account for its exercise” and that “many work with a housing title, since in many cases it is is “ownership for dwelling, and the use actually made of it does not differ from the use of the dwelling”.
Contacted by Lusa, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Trade and Services, Rita Marques, replied in writing that “the government does not comment on court decisions and does not consider it appropriate to comment on the impact of this particular decision. “.