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If you’re looking to make some extra money as an Airbnb host in Portugal, you’ve probably heard the phrase Alojamentos before. But what exactly does this Portuguese term mean? It has no direct translation into English; but it essentially means that you are offering lodging to more than one person at a time; in your home or apartment. RHJ Accountants & Associates will explain Alojamentos in Portugal and how to be the perfect host so that your experience goes smoothly.


What is an Alojamento Local?

Alojamento local, is a new form of accommodation that has become popular over recent years; and has now spread out across Europe. It is basically a type of private accommodation or guest house where a person rents rooms or apartments; on a short-term basis. Often these can be rented out online via Airbnb or another similar website.


How to Open an Alojamento in Portugal

In order to open a alojamento in Portugal, you will need to complete a few necessary steps; like obtaining an AL license. The application is fairly simple but you need to have a few documents ready in order to apply. While opening an alojamento in Portugal may sound intimidating, it’s actually quite simple and easy. You’ll just need to provide your company’s articles of association, as well as proof of being legally registered with the RENIEC or IBPT (in Portuguese). You’ll also want to include a copy of your passport, ID card or driver’s license and proof that you are at least 18 years old.

To open an Alojamento in Portugal, it is best to speak with an accounting firm to ensure you have met all the regulations and so that your choices can be adapted to suit the Portuguese rules – whilst you’re here reading our blog, you may as well speak with RHJ Accountants & Associates to assist you.


Requirements Needed to Open an Alojamento

Requests for Alojamento property from tourists in Portugal have increased dramatically in recent years and it is important to plan ahead if you are interested in building your own guest house or creating a rental unit; especially if you want to make the most perfect Alojamentos in Portugal and be the Perfect Host!

The Alojamento requirements outlined by law include:

  • Property Ownership – You must be an owner of a piece of property that meets all of these alojamento criteria before applying to open one; furthermore, an application cannot be submitted if you are renting out your home, even if you hold an apartment ownership license.
  • Construction Requirement – If building new, then construction needs to meet legal requirements set forth by portugal’s housing code.
  • Community Acceptance – If building new or within an existing community, then approval must be given by all residents affected.

Before you host a party, it is important that you are in compliance with the law. As such, it is vital that you know the legal requirements, which include the following

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Information on complaints book
  • House instruction book in 4 languages
  • Acrylic Identificate plate (AL)


City Taxes From the Alajomento Local

In Portugal, Alojamento local taxes are calculated by city. Property owners pay a basic municipal tax on their property as well as an additional special tax that’s related to tourist rentals (Alojamento local). All property owners have to pay annual property taxes in Portugal. The two types of taxes vary based on which region and municipality they belong to. For example, if you’re an Alojamento Local in Lisbon, your rental will be taxed at a much higher rate than other municipalities.


Earning Money With an Alojamento Local

With many people using sites like Airbnb to list, book, and host travelers; hosting an Alojamento in portugal can make you some good money. You’ll often earn more than regular hotels in your area—as much as five times more! With hundreds of thousands of properties listed on popular sites like Airbnb, you can use your living space as a way to make more money each month. In fact, according to one source, you can earn up to €1050 per month! That’s a great chunk of change over just a few weeks or months.


How RHJ Accountants Can Help

We recognise more than ever that individuals and businesses from the UK and other countries may be globally mobile. We aim to make you aware of the tax-efficient opportunities, available tax relief and structure finances for life at home and abroad.

Our international team of specialists operate from offices in the UK and Portugal. We work together synergistically to provide tax efficient solutions to our clients to help them grow their business whilst keeping tax liabilities to a minimum.

Get in touch with us today to find out more, or to make use of our services.

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