Do you want to make your house, apartment or villa available on the Airbnb market in Portugal? Find out all the steps necessary to legally register your Airbnb as “Alojamento Local”and ensure you can advertise it on the major booking platforms such as, Airbnb or Homeaway without any problems.

If you fail to do so, you may have the risk of receiving an inspection from ASAE or an inspection from the City Council of the city where your home is located, without prior notice. If you have irregularities, you may receive fines.

Know everything you must to do to legalize your Airbnb and meet all the obligations of the “Alojamento Local” market:

1. Registering activity on the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority portal

Begin by opening activity on the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority portal, so that you can declare all your income, make the appropriate discounts and invoice your reservations to the guests.

To do this, simply follow these steps to open an activity on the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority portal (using your usual user name and password) and register a new activity with CAE 55201 or 55204.

2. Register Local Accommodation Number – RNAL

To make the National Register of Local Accommodation just go to the website of RNAL (you can do the whole process online here) and submit the following documents:

• Proof of opening of activity in the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority with CAE 55201 or 55204;
• Land register of the property;
• Citizen’s card of the owner of the property.

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3. Mandatory requirements

After the registration of your Airbnb as “Alojamento Local”, within 30 days of the request, inspections by the Municipal Councils or ASAE can take place, in order to ensure that the house respects all legal obligations, having:

• Fire extinguisher;
• Fire blanket;
• First aid kit;
• Information on availability of complaints book;
• House instruction book in 4 languages;
• Acrylic identification plate: AL.

If the survey has missing points, the registration number may not be assigned.

4. Invoicing reservations

The owner of the Airbnb will be responsible for issuing invoice receipts for all the bookings he receives in his apartment, through the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority portal, having up to 5 days to deliver them to the guests.

5. Communication to SEF

The Foreigners and Borders Service requires the data of all foreigners using national apartments and hotels to be communicated. For this, it is necessary to collect the data of all guests who stay in the apartment (and not only of those who made the reservation). The mandatory data to be submitted to the SEF is:

• Name;
• ID card number;
• Nationality;
• City in which the guests were before arriving at this property;
• City to which the guest are going.

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6. City Taxes

City taxes must be paid by guests and collected by the owner or by the Airbnb management company. Please note that, depending on the website where the reservation was made, these fees may or may not be included in the total amount of the reservation. Finally, the amount of the fee and the frequency of payment to the City Council varies from city to city.

Now that you know how to legalize a house or apartment for “Alojamento Local”, all you must do is follow these steps to start receiving guests into your home. If you need help with the process or if you want to put the management in a company with more than 10 years of experience in the national market of short term rentals, visit our website and know how we can help.


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