Close to 50% of Airbnb Listings in Lisbon Without Legal Licensing to Operate

The study is from October last year, before many landlords gave up on short-term rentals in light of COVID — so what this means for the future remains to be seen.

Nearly half of the properties listed on Airbnb in Lisbon didn’t have a valid Alojamento Local (AL) license to function in 2019, according to a recent study cited by Lusa.

Portuguese law requires that all short-term rental properties register under a national database and have an individual AL license to operate. But José Pedro Lopes and Manuel Banza, two post-grad students from the Data Science for Hospitality & Tourism program at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, found that 30% of properties listed in Lisbon had no license to operate while 17% didn’t use an individual license per registered property as required, according to Lusa.

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These findings are based on data collected in October 2019, indicating these figures represent a pre-pandemic time frame, Lusa reports. 

The authors of the study say that they saw instances where the license number was left blank or filled out with a generic entry, such as “Airbnb123.” They also found incidences of multiple properties being registered under the same license number: in one case, 24 apartments were all under the same license.

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Lusa contacted Airbnb for further information, but their request was not answered. 

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