The proposal suggests that the areas of absolute containment of the AL will correspond to the parishes that present a ratio between the number of establishments of AL and that of classic family accommodation “equal to or greater than 15%”, applying to Santa Maria Maior ( 71.3%), Misericórdia (47.4%), Santo António (26.7%), São Vicente (17.3%) and Arroios (15.2%), according to Urban Planning councillor Joana Almeida.
At issue is the proposal to submit the public consultation, “for a period of 30 working days”, of the project to amend the Municipal Regulation for Local Accommodation (RMAL), which will be discussed on Wednesday in a private meeting of the city council executive.
In this regard, Joana Almeida wants the areas of relative contention to be parishes or city neighbourhoods with a ratio “equal to or greater than 5% and less than 15%”.
“At a time of great sensitivity for the AL market, we want to bring more stability to an activity that is essential for the income of many families and which is very important for the economic dynamics of Lisbon”, says the councillor for Urbanism.
Joana Almeida stresses the importance of adjusting the RMAL to the current reality of the city, “despite the fact that the Government has chosen not to listen to the municipalities in the preparation of the Mais Habitação package, which has a significant impact on the AL”.
“We want to regulate the AL in a balanced logic. We don't want exclusively tourist neighbourhoods. We want balance, we want diversity. We want life in the neighbourhoods and we want quality of life in the neighbourhoods. Our proposal to revise the Municipal Regulation for Local Accommodation follows this principle”, declares the councillor, underlining the reinforcement of monitoring and inspection of this economic activity, to ensure that it is within the legality and has a positive impact, without negatively affecting the city.
“We do not want the suspension of new licenses in all urban areas, which in the case of Lisbon would apply to the entire city regardless of the weight of the AL in each parish or neighbourhood.
Among the Government's measures on AL are the suspension of new licenses for apartments and accommodation establishments integrated into an autonomous fraction of a building, the review of current licenses in 2030, with the new ones being valid for five years, the creation of an expiry regime for inactive licenses and a new tax regime, which provides for an extraordinary contribution of 20% or a tax exemption if the property is transferred to the national housing rental market.