Socialists close to making their mind up over Alojamento Local short-term rental changes

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alThe Socialist Party has identified its preferred route through the Alojamento Local morass, opting for a quota system to be policed by local councils.
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A source close to the subject, Luís Testa, hinted today that the quota system is a good way forward and sais that the Left Bloc’s proposal has "very interesting issues."
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Testa is the coordinator of the Socialist Party members in the parliamentary Economy Committee and a member of the working group on the reform of the local accommodation rules. He said today that the quota system is "an admissible model" - the closest thing yet to the ruling party making its mind up.
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"Quotas are a permissible model. It is a model that can be welcomed, but we do not have a closed position, we will wait for the hearings,” said Luis Testa.
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The socialist also said that this system of quotas, which has already received the support of the Government, must be in coordination with local councils.
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The Left Bloc’s formal proposal includes the implementation of a quota system, which has raised some "very interesting questions" and Testa said the party may even follow some of them.
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However, the socialists are still critical of the Left bloc’s measure to limit short-term rental to 90 days a year, "It does not add anything in terms of protection for the condominium owners," said Testa.
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The original government proposal was to allow others in a condominium regime to block their neighbours from renting out their apartment on a short-term basis to tourists.
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The socialists are now going for a model in which owners of apartments in a condominium can make a complaint if they feel disrupted by noise or bad behaviour, with the council following up and empowered to withdraw an Alojamento Local licence.


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