Today, with the new short-term rentals Law and the creation of containment areas, licenses have become more valuable, since in certain areas it is no longer possible to make new short-term rentals applications. Therefore, it is better not to ensure that you meet all the mandatory requirements, otherwise you will receive an inspection and lose your license.

Recommended article: What are short-term rental containment areas

5 mandatory requirements for short-term rentals

1 – Short-term rentals Sign

According to the short-term rentals Law, all buildings or properties that function in the short-term rental activity must be properly identified as such. They are required to have an acrylic sign on the outside of the building or apartment with the following requirements:

  • 10 mm thick clear, extruded and polished crystal acrylic material;
  • 200mm×200mm;
  • Arial font 200, dark blue (pantone 280);
  • Application with 50 mm from the wall, through stainless steel screws in each corner, with 8 mm diameter and 60 mm length.

2 – First aid kit

The first aid kit is mandatory and must always be in its best condition, so the owner or the short-term Management Company should check after all reservations what has been used and what should be replaced. It must include at least Band-Aids, Betadine, compresses, alcohol and scissors.

Related article: Short renting: do your own management or hire a company?

3 – House rules and important contacts

All-important rules such as quiet hours, fire and emergency contacts or more specific information about the house/building/street (information where to put the garbage, check-in and check-out times, etc.) should be very explicit and written in 4 languages – Portuguese, English and 2 more languages at the owner’s choice.

4 – Instructions on household appliances

The same happens with the instruction manuals for all household appliances, which must be available for guests and written in at least 4 languages.

5 – Fire extinguisher and fire blanket

Short-term rental apartments are required to have these two items, duly identified, in a place as visible as possible and accessible to any guest who may use the apartment. Important: it is not enough to buy the fire extinguisher and not think about it anymore – it must be checked by a specialized technician, certifying that it is functional.

These items are all extremely important for the safety of your guests and must be installed. In case of a Safety inspection by the City Hall, the lack of such items can cause your short-term rental to fail.

Related article: How to choose an Airbnb management company in Portugal

If you want to ensure that your short-term rental meets all requirements, you may wish to hand it over to a management company, such as Feels Like Home, which handles all legal matters to ensure that the owners have no surprises or unforeseen events. Find out on our website all the services we provide and why you should work with us.

If you wish, you can also download our ebook and discover all the information you need to ensure that your home meets all legal and tax requirements of the short term rentals law.


Guide short-term rental Portugal