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Landlords exempt from capital gains tax

Owners who remove their properties from Local Lodging and make them available for long-term letting can be spared mandatory CGT assessment. This push to long-term letting integrates the government’s package of proposals in the 2018 State Budget. Once confirmed, this measure will be the only Capital Gains Tax refuge once an owner stops an “AL” activity.

New long-term housing policy

Prime Minister António Costa declared: “We do not have an excess of Local Lodging. We have a lack of affordable housing.” The Government presented its “New Generation of Housing Policies” (NGPH), which includes various measures to stimulate urban rental and rehabilitation. Beyond contributions from the state, the goal is to create incentives for private individuals to place their properties with an affordable lease.”

Vancouver imposes sharp restrictions on home sharing sites

Vancouver, CA has passed new regulations banning homeowners from renting out certain kinds of property on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb as part of an attempt to cope with a shortage of long-term rentals. Owners may still rent out room individually or let their principle residence on a temporary basis when on holiday. The city will charge an annual licensing fee of C$49 (€32.80).

Long term lets continue to rise in Lisbon

Living in Lisbon is increasingly expensive. The tourist boom in recent years has triggered rental price hikes in the country’s capital. The latest study reveals that apartment leases rose 23% in 2016, to an average of €830 per month. In the Chiado district, purchase costs average €6,700 per square metre.

Airbnb studying entry into the long-term rental market

The holiday accommodation platform, Airbnb, is interested in offering long-term lets to help its customers base find homes to live in. This initiative builds on the company’s already existing experience. Since 2011, Airbnb has included a sub-lease section on its website in more than 5,000 cities, listing houses and apartments for rent by the month.

Local Lodging in the winter season

With wintertime coming, many property owners may want to take the easy road and accept long term rentals (more than 30 days) from tourists who wish to enjoy the Portuguese climate during the winter.

This is not Local Lodging but long term rental. A written contract has to be drawn up and registered with the TAX Office. Owners under the age of 65 have to issue monthly electronic receipts. All owners have to send a Summary to the Tax Office after the period has finished. In the tax declaration, this income will be declared under Category F, with a tax rate of 28%, In this case, certain costs can be deducted.

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