The Association of Local Accommodation in Portugal (ALEP) announced today that the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, that it is not necessary to get agreement from all apartment owners for one apartment or more to be let short-term to tourists, gives some legal stability to the sector.
The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of local accommodation flexibility concerns a case in Lisbon where apartment owners won a case against one apartment owner who was letting his property under the Alojamento Local (AL) scheme, claiming that they all had to agree before any lettings could take place.
ALEP’s president, Eduardo Miranda, explained that the appeal ruling proves that "the condominium does not have the power to prevent AL activity."
According to Miranda, the Supreme Court of Justice held that "local accommodation activity comes under housing use and not under commercial or other use, so the assembly of condominium owners can not prohibit an owner from letting his property." Miranda added that the recent court decision "brings legal stability to an activity that has gained increasing importance not only economically but also socially, since there are already thousands of families depending on short-term rentals."
Since registered Alojamento Local activity is a recent thing in Portugal, the ALEP president acknowledged that "there is always a way to improve things" in regulating the activity, and that "with an open dialogue and commitment from those involved, it will be possible to promote peaceful coexistence for all."
In addition to this judicial process in Lisbon, there has been an identical situation in Oporto, where the court also decided that the neighbouring apartment owners "did not have the right to approve or deny short-term lettings, because the activity is perfectly compatible with the property’s use."
ALEP said it intends to continue to "promote a spirit of good neighbourliness and co-operation between homeowners who let their property and owners at condominium meetings," in order to ensure harmony among all stakeholders.
In this context, ALEP is going to publish a ‘good practice’ document to instill respect for the interests of all involved, including the tourists. This will be presented in the next few weeks now that this key court case in out of the way.
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