HOW TO REGISTER AN ALOJAMENTO LOCAL IN LISBON

by | Jun 29, 2024 | Alojamento Local

If you don’t follow the details of the latest housing laws, you might think that it’s no longer possible to register a tourist rental property (Alojamento Local) anywhere in Portugal, when in fact there are several situations where it is perfectly possible.

Fair enough, you might say, but surely it’s not possible in Lisbon, with its contention areas? In fact, it is possible to register an AL in the capital too, and in this post we’ll explain how.

Lisbon implemented Alojamento Local contention areas in 2019, initially only in the most central locations of the city. However, apart from these well-established contention areas, in 2022 the city suspended new AL registrations in 14 parishes, and since then two more have been added due to the ratio of Alojamento Local properties to residential properties passing the 2.5% limit defined by the city council.

This means that currently it is not possible to register an Alojamento Local property, in any of the 4 possible categories, in the following parishes: Ajuda, Alcântara, Areeiro, Arroios, Avenidas Novas, Beato, Belém, Campo de Ourique, Campolide, Estrela, Misericórdia, Parque das Nações, Penha de França, Santa Maria Maior, Santo António, São Vicente.

The current contention and suspension areas in Lisbon can be verified using the Lisboa Interativa map at https://lisboainterativa.cm-lisboa.pt/ (the menu option to see these areas is: Limites Administrativos > Municipal > Alojamento Local – Áreas de contenção).

NOTE: There are some very unlikely exemptions possible, such as when an entire building is renovated, none of the apartments have been rented in the last 3 years, and the city deems the project as adding cultural value to the city.

This means that in the remaining parishes, and at least according to the municipal regulations, it is possible to register an AL. These parishes are: Alvalade, Benfica, Carnide, Lumiar, Marvila, Olivais, Santa Clara, and São Domingos de Benfica.

However, although local regulations don’t apply to the above 8 parishes, national legislation still applies. This means, as we explained in this post, that AL properties are allowed in these locations of the city as long as the registration is done in the Moradia and Quartos categories or in the Apartamentos category if located in a building not divided into independent units (using Portuguese terminology, the building has to be a Propriedade Total building). Note also that for an AL to be registered as Quartos (rooms), the unanimous approval of the other residents in the building is needed.

To summarise, therefore, we can see that it is possible to register an AL in 8 parishes of Lisbon in the category of Apartamento (when implemented in a Total Property building), Moradia, and Quartos (with unanimous approval from the other residents).

This will remain true even if the Mais Habitação law is revoked, and until any new Municipal Housing Charter is implemented.