In contrast to other European countries, real estate can be rented in a simple and relatively non-bureaucratic way (quite simply it is nowhere) for tourist purposes. One of the best options is short term renting called "Alojamento Local" in Portugal.
"Alojamento Local" is the small commercial use of a property for tourist rental by natural persons. Without the registration number you can not register your property on platforms like airbnb.de or booking.com. But the effort is unique and, in our opinion, very limited, if you have informed yourself correctly. We would like to give you a first overview of the most important points in the following text. We are happy to advise and assist you in detail as part of our services.
Roughly speaking, there are only two essential steps for registering as "Alojamento Local". The first obligatory step is the registration of a small business, a so-called "actividade". You can only complete the registration forms of the Alojamento Local with the proof issued by the tax authority. The actividade can be requested online at the "Portal Finanças" or at any tax office. We recommend registering on-site, as the online process is not without stumbling blocks and questions can be answered on-site.
It is important to note that the small business is registered for the provision of accommodation services (as defined in Section I, sub classes 55201 or 55204 of the Portuguese classification of economic activities).
The registration as Alojamanto Local "can be done easily via the portal" Balcão Único Eletrónico". If the digital registration is not possible or you would like to carry out the report personally, you can also do this at many municipal administrations ("câmara municipal"). However, this often depends on the wealth of experience of the responsible officials. The paper form of the application can be found here.
You need the following documents if you own the property and you are a natural person:
For short term renting in Portugal a few more points are important and should be considered:
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