Cleanliness is one of the quality factors most appreciated by tourists and customers in accommodation establishments. Mattresses are used by many people in short periods of time, accumulating sweat, dead skin cells and dust mites, fungi and bacteria, responsible for various respiratory problems and allergies.
On 21 October 2018, Law 62/2018, which updates the regulation of Local Accommodation activity, came into force, and under article 12 it became mandatory for each unit to have an “Information Book” regarding the operation of the establishment and respective internal rules of use. To meet this new legal requirement, at WAM we design customized version of the Information Book for each Local Accommodation establishment.
Outbreak of Covid-19 and mandatory confinements ordered by governments around the world are impacting the tourism sector and most importantly, the short-term rental and vacation rental industry. Although we understand how concerning these times are, the Coronavirus crisis is a temporary setback and we recommend to start preparing for when everything goes back to normal (hopefully soon!). If you’re going to stay home for the next few days, you can take advantage of this time to analyse your business and ways to improve.
While local accommodation units do not have orders for closing, life goes on, but it’s necessary to adapt to the circumstances and unknowns of the new coronavirus. The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) published a document, with official guidelines so that hotels and other tourist accommodations can guarantee the safety and health of guests and workers.
Similar as with the autarchies, condominiums also see their powers expanded. In this sense, the operation of new hostel-type units becomes dependent on their prior authorization. It’s determined that “There can be no place for the installation and operation of hostels in horizontal properties where coexist housing residents, without authorization for this purpose”.
With the objective of preserving the social reality of neighborhoods and places, the new legal framework for short-term lease gives municipalities the power to define “containment areas”, which impose “percentage limits in proportion to the housing available for housing.”