The Lisbon Chamber will discuss a proposal on Thursday to extend the suspension of the authorization of new registrations of local accommodation establishments in the Bairro Alto, Madragoa, Castelo, Alfama and Mouraria areas.
The document, signed by the Urban Planning councilor, Manuel Salgado (PS), says that the suspension "is in force for a maximum period of six months or until the entry into force" of the municipal regulation of local accommodation, which should be presented "in the coming weeks "Said Fernando Medina, president of the municipality, at the opening of the Urban Rehabilitation Week in Lisbon on Monday.
The autarch revealed on Monday the creation of an "authorization of exception" for local housing in the capital's historic quarters – areas in which the municipality decided to suspend new registrations – as long as they result from the rehabilitation of buildings in ruins or devolutions.
Fernando Medina explained that the extent to which new registrations of local accommodation in historic neighborhoods "by way of exception" permit following rehabilitation operations on dilapidated or empty buildings "that are not subtracting from the housing stock, which does not have had lease contracts in recent years. "
The mayor also said that the opening of new establishments "in the most historic and central districts of the city" will be limited "between 10% and 20% of the number of fires that exist in these areas."
On Saturday, Diário de Notícias added that the Graça district and Santana Hill in Lisbon will be subject to restrictions on the opening of new accommodation spaces, explaining that "these are not areas of contention – as is currently the case with Alfama, Mouraria, Castelo, Bairro Alto and Madragoa – but an intermediate level, which will be created by the new council regulations on local accommodation.
The suspension of the authorization of new registrations of local accommodation establishments in these areas of the city came into force in November, after having been published in Municipal Bulletin.
The proposal, which was previously approved at a meeting of the Lisbon municipal executive and at the Lisbon Municipal Assembly, noted that the suspension should also cover areas such as Príncipe Real, Graça or Cais do Sodré.
In addition to the suspension of new registrations, the proposal also foresees the "monitoring and monitoring of other 'homogeneous tourist areas', in particular those which may be subject to greater pressure on housing use, namely the 'homogeneous tourist areas' of Baixa / Axles / Av. of Freedom / Av. of the Republic / Av. Almirante Reis, Graça, Santana Hill, Ajuda and Lapa / Estrela ".
In March, the BE announced that it had handed over to the mayor a proposal to suspend new registrations of local accommodation in the most depressed central areas of Lisbon, namely Baixa / Avenida da Liberdade / Av. Almirante Reis, Santana Hill and Grace.
The Block also seeks to ban the increase in the total number of local accommodation registers in Lisbon, redefining zones taking into account the distribution of local accommodation, the resident population and the number of houses available.
For the Block, it is also essential that new registrations be banned in areas where more than 10% of existing houses are delivered to the LA, and that registration in a non-interdicted area can only occur when a registration is closed in the prohibited zone, in order to deconcentrate the local housing phenomenon through the city.