Rental legislation in Portugal: "Alojamento Local"

According to Portuguese law, there is a difference between the tourist complexes and those of the local accommodations.

Anyone granting temporary accommodation to tourists is considered an "Alojamento Local. They may be private individuals or companies and may be houses, apartments or other accommodations.

One speaks of an "Alojamento Local" once it has been advertised in any form of advertising.


Running an "Alojamento Local" requires registration of the establishment through prior contact with the city administration, via a free online registration with the "Balcão Único Electrónico".

Each building then has a registration number of "Alojamento Local" which is forwarded to the "Turismo de Portugal". This institution sends this information to the Tax Authorities every six months.

The maximum capacity of the "Alojamento Local" settings, with the exception of those with hostel labeling, is nine rooms and 30 beds.

With regard to fire safety, the Decree-Law also lays down the minimum requirements that these establishments with fewer than 10 beds must meet.


The fines amount to 2,500 euros to the highest of 35,000 euros for companies. The worst violation of the law is the non-registration or the no longer accurate registration of the "Alojamento Local" that is offered, made available, published and mediated.


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written by ILBE staff

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