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“AL” pays commercial rates for water in several municipalities

The water regulator advocates that establishments used for local housing should pay for water as “non-household” users. The increase is already in place in several councils. However, there are other centres, such as Lisbon, where the municipality has reimbursed the extra charge.

Message to our NALLE Members and Partners

Since NALLE started to offer its services in February 2015, the Local Lodging industry has undergone profound changes. A small business sector which started out with 15.000 units, has grown, with 75.000 units to date, to be a real competition to the hotel industry in Portugal.

In 2015, there was a real lack of access to information in regards to the rules and regulations. Nowadays, the information on how to open and run such a business can be easily found online. ALEP, our Portuguese counterpart, is doing a good job in terms of information and workshops to enable owners to run their business successfully and in compliance with the law.

NALLE can now be considered to be an additional information service, adding on to many others, and we feel that we are not essential to the market.  Also, we have not been able to attract enough members over the years to cover our running costs.

We have therefore decided that we are going to provide the service until the end of 2019, without charge to our existing members, and to discontinue our work from then on.

Thank you for your support and attention!

With kind regards

Dennis Swing Greene

President

NALLE

 

Tourist Tax doubles in Lisbon

Staying in a hotel or local lodging accommodation in Lisbon became more expensive as of the first of the year due to the increase in the Municipal Tourist Tax from one to two Euros. The local municipality estimates additional revenues from the measure of ±_35 million in 2019.

Airbnb commissions tax deductible for Category F

Local Lodging operators who opt to be assessed under the tax rules of Category F (long-term rentals) may deduct commissions from this income paid to online reservation platforms. However, those carrying out their tourist business under Category B as Sole Traders do not deduct specific expenses but rather are automatically allotted 65% from their gross “AL” income to cover operating expenses.

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