Current short-term rental licences "will be subject to reassessment in 2030" and, after that, periodically, every five years.
Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, on Thursday announced a ban on the issuing of new licences for short-term rentals in the country, with the exception of rural accommodation in municipalities in the interior, where they have a role in boosting the local economy.
Costa was speaking after a cabinet meeting dedicated to housing, at which the Socialist government’s ‘More Housing’ programme was approved.
He also announced that current short-term rental licences “will be subject to reassessment in 2030” and, after that, periodically, every five years.
The measure, he said, is part of a new set of rules offering a “strong incentive to return to the housing market housing units that are currently dedicated to short-term rentals.”
The cabinet on Thursday approved a new legislative package on housing. The prime minister had announced the intention of holding a cabinet dedicated to housing in January, in an interview with public broadcaster RTP, with the government having identified affordable housing as one of the greatest challenges faced by the country.