What is new with the amendment of the law 34(I)/2019 that regulates the institution and function of hotels and touris premises (short term rentals)
According to the new amendment of the law that regulates the institution and function of hotels and tourist premises (Law 34(I)/2019), which imposed with the law 9(I)/2020 dated 07/02/2020, is provided that a tourist furnished villa or a single house or a single apartment, which are now called “self – serviced premises” cannot be rented or leased unless they have among others certain features which are the following:
For tourist furnished villas they must have independent and direct outside access, they must be private and build in an autonomous plot and structure and they must include a shaped garden.
For tourist furnished houses they must have an autonomous function, private common or public outside access and they must offer privacy. In this category are not included tourist furnished houses or apartments in blocks or spaces with common used stairs because they cannot ensure the independent access and privacy.
Apartments they must form a separate unit.
The above mentioned premises must be registered at the record of “self-serviced premises” that it is kept from the ministry of tourism, and must maintain at the time of their function a valid and renewed registration license.
Another amendment is that the owner or the beneficiary user, or a businessman with the approval or the authorization of the owner or the holder of a “self – serviced premise” (hereinafter the “Promoter”) can advertise or rent or lease the “self – serviced premise”, only if certain conditions are maintained which are the following:
The “self – serviced premises” are registered in the record of the “self – serviced premises” and they have acquired a record number which it is written on the advertisement or in the promotion of the “self -serviced premise” and also in all relevant transactions.
Every “self – serviced premise’ which it was functioned before (Law 34(I)/2019) must comply with the requirements of this law in a period of 2 years after the enforcement of the law.
After the period of 2 years the Promoter or the provider of an electronic platform or advertisement is prohibited from advertising or post premises that they have not acquired a record number.
The license for the registration of a self – serviced premise can be recalled by the Ministry of Tourism and at the same time the Ministry of tourism can disqualify someone from the record of the self -serviced premises in the case that:
(i) The registration license has been given according to false or misleading information from the part of the Promoter.
(ii) The business has stopped working.
(iii) In case that the necessary documents have not been obtained.
(iv) The Promoter have been sentenced for serious offences according to the law for the safety and health at the labor or for offences that have to do with matters of health.
(v) In the case of death of the Promoter or the issuing of poverty order about him.
(vi) In the case of the issuing of a temporary order for the termination of the function of the “self – serviced premises”.
(vii) In the case of continuous infringement of the law that regulates the institution and function of hotels and tourists premises.
(viii) In the case that the Promoter has been convicted after the issuing of the registration at the record of “self – serviced premises” for any of the following felonies or offences:
Murder, robbery, burglary, forgery, theft, conspiracy, traffic of forged document, scam, for any infringement in relation with the law about drugs, for any offence in relation with any infringement of the law about violence in the family.
NOTE: The ministry of tourism has the absolute right to conduct an investigation in a “self – serviced premise” in order to check if the “self – serviced premise” has all the necessary licenses.
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