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Regulations that May Potentially Affect Your Short Term Rental

 

Many places have laws that apply to short term rentals.  Many of these laws require that you register or obtain a permit or a license prior to listing your property. You may also be responsible for collecting and remitting certain taxes. In some places, short-term rentals could be prohibited altogether.

You are responsible for your decision to list or book your property and you should check all applicable laws before listing with us or allowing any bookings at your property.  Below is an overview of select requirements.  This overview is not comprehensive and does not constitute legal advice.

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North America

Miami Beach, Florida
To list your property with us, Miami Beach requires that you have a business tax receipt and a resort tax registration certificate, and display the numbers corresponding with both of these documents in your listing. You must also comply with ADA, Florida Fire Prevention Code, and Florida Business Code. Written authorisation from the condo association is required if applicable. For more information, click here.

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
To list your property with us, Sunny Isles Beach requires that you obtain a license from the City and comply with the City’s short-term rental law. For more information on this, click here.

Miami-Dade County (unincorporated portions only)
To list your property with us, Miami-Dade County requires that you obtain a Certificate of Use from the County and comply with additional requirements. We encourage you to review the County’s requirements for short-term rentals, and apply for a Certificate of Use (information here). Among the County’s requirements for short-term rentals are specifications regarding maximum occupancy, residency, providing notice of local laws to travellers, providing notice to home-owners associations, parking, avoiding renting to sex offenders, and swimming pool safety. 

Seattle, Washington
To list your property with us, the City of Seattle requires that you collect and remit applicable taxes and comply with the City’s short-term rental law. For more information on both, click here. 

Portland, Oregon
To list your property with us, you should review the state and local laws that may apply. You may be required to obtain a short-term rental permit, undergo a safety inspection on the property, and notify your neighbours about the existence of the rental property. Find out which permit you may need and learn more about Portland’s short-term vacation rental regulations here and here.  Our Certificate of Authority to Collect Transient Lodgings Tax can be found here. 

Massachusetts
Massachusetts law requires us to notify you that you must comply with all applicable municipal, state and federal laws including, but not limited to, the collection and remittance of required excises. Additionally, please be aware that your standard homeowners or landlord insurance may not cover property damage or bodily injury to a third-party arising from your short-term rental. 

St. Paul, Minnesota
Under St. Paul’s ordinance regulating short-term rentals, individuals offering property for short-term rental on sites like ours must obtain a license from the City and comply with additional requirements. We encourage you to review the City’s requirements for short-term rentals, set forth here and here, and apply for a license here. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
To list your property with us, you should review the state and local laws that may apply. Rentals for fewer than 30 days in Santa Fe, New Mexico may be subject to Section 14-6.2 of the City’s Land Use Development Code. The regulations set out requirements for renting residential units in the City. Those renting residential units may be required obtain a permit or register their unit with the City. The Code imposes other requirements relating to the number of guests allowed to stay in your property; parking, noise, and compliance with the City’s health, safety, and environmental codes. You may be required to collect and remit to the City all applicable local, state, and federal taxes, including the City’s Lodgers’ Tax. You can learn more about the City’s short term rental laws, and obtain the application for a short term rental permit here. 

Santa Monica, California
Under Santa Monica’s laws regulating short-term rentals, to engage in short-term rentals homeowners must obtain a license from the City. We will allow any short-term rental to be listed so long as it is licensed with the City if Santa Monica. You can find more information on the City’s licensing requirements here. There are no fees to register or obtain a license. 

Tuolumne County, California
To list your property with us, you should review the state and local laws that may apply. Rentals for fewer than 30 days in unincorporated areas of Tuolumne County, California may be subject to the County’s Transient Occupancy Tax. You may be required to register your rental unit with the county tax collector, obtain a transient occupancy registration certificate, and follow other notification and record-keeping requirements. Learn more about the County’s transient occupancy tax.

Utah
To list your property with us, you should review the state and local laws that may apply. Rentals for fewer than 30 days in Utah may be subject to a transient room tax up to 4.25% imposed by your county. The Utah State Tax Commission publishes a list of the counties that impose a transient room tax and the current rate here. More information about the transient room tax is available at the Utah State Tax Commission’s website here.

 

Europe

Berlin, Germany
Here is an overview of the Berlin law against the misappropriation of housing space:

  • Housing space may generally only be used for a purpose other than for housing if you have the necessary permission. For example, this applies to renting out your primary or secondary home as a vacation rental repeatedly on a daily basis or weekly basis.
  • In addition, a limit of no more than 90 days per year generally applies to secondary homes.
  • Offering and advertising housing space for purposes other than housing requires a registration number by the competent district administration which must be displayed at all times in all advertisements / listings for each unit.

Please ensure to add your registration number to the available field in your listing with us.  For registration and further information please refer to the service website of the City of Berlin (in German).

Paris, France
To list your property on with us, Paris requires that you have a registration number.

  • Registration numbers are thirteen characters long containing 11 digits and 2 alphanumeric characters. If you have a registration number please add it to the available field in your listing.
  • You will not list your property with us until you enter a registration number. When you have a registration number, you’ll be able to complete your listing.
  • Visit your government’s website to apply for a registration number and learn more about rental requirements.

For further information please refer to the service website of the City of Paris.

Portugal
Do you have an existing, valid vacation rental registration?

We stand by a full-compliance policy with national legal requirements and advise all users to read the information available on application regulations.  Please review the following:

  • THE NEW REGULATION ON LOCAL ACCOMMODATION Decree-Law no. 128/2014, as amended by Decree-Law no. 63/2015, regulates the local accommodation market in Portugal and establishes the applicable legal regime for this business. The main requirement established by this regulation implies the registration of the establishment through a simple prior communication through the Electronic One-Stop System (BalcãoÚnicoElectrónico).  Recent amendments to the Regulation on tourism enterprises embodied in Decree-law 80/2017 determine that advertisements on electronic platform must include the National Registration Number: RNAL for local accommodation and RNET for touristic enterprises.  To obtain a registration number you’ll need to fill out an application form on Portugal’s Portal do Cidadão website.  You’ll receive a registration number, which you’ll need to add to your listing with us.

For further information please refer to Portugal’s Portal do Cidadão website.

Barcelona, Spain
We are committed to compliance with current legislation on holiday rentals.  Our platform allows you to enter your registration number in a field reserved for this purpose in your advertisement.  We remind you that your agreement us states that you (the advertiser) have the responsibility to comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to your rental activity.

Greece
Article 111 of Law 4446/2016 has introduced the obligation for short-term rental property managers/administrators to register each property into the “Short-Term Stay Property Registry” kept by I.P.R.A.  Property Managers/Administrators must display the property identification number on their listing when they lease their property on a digital platform.  Please be aware that you are supposed to get just one property identification number even if you rent the same property on different digital platforms.  Our platform includes a specific field for you to report your property identification number on your listing.

For more information, please consult this page.

Murcia, Spain
We remind you that you are required to obtain a registration number for your short term rental.  Our platform allows you to enter your registration number in a field reserved for this purpose in your listing.  You are responsible for complying with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to your rental activity.

Italy
Before listing your property with us, you represent that you are a professional property manager operating a business with a valid VAT registration.