the Peloponnese Tourism Organization (PTO) urges the government to take immediate action and put in place controls on Airbnb-style tourist rentals.
“Finally, steps must be taken and rules must be enforced to deal with the chaos of short-term rentals,” the PTO chairman said. Konstantinos Marinakos in a letter to municipal and regional authorities.
Marinakos said Greece lags behind other major tourist destinations in Europe and in the world where severe measures have been taken to solve the problem.
Late last year, the Paris City Council voted to toughen rules for converting commercial space into short-term rental properties to limit disruption to the balance of local employment, housing and employment. trade in the French capital.
At the same time, the world’s top tourist destinations are now reporting housing shortages the owners prefer to rent their properties to tourists.
“Throughout Europe, action is being taken outside our country, where not only do these accommodations continue to operate as normal amid the pandemic without health and safety rules, but we also have a clearly inadequate legal framework which is easily misused to cover up the operation of illegal tourist accommodation,” the PTO said in its letter.
Marinakos pointed out that in the meantime, regions, municipalities and social security funds are losing revenue as the government increases levies on legal reception operations.
“We ask that you protect the country’s tourism product and the businesses that support local communities and economies,” he said.
In the meantime, the Greek tax authorities have stated that they will cross-check the tax declarations in order to identify owners who have not reported Airbnb-type transactions. The Independent Authority for Public Revenues (AADE) of Greece has declared owners have until February 28 to update or complete relevant rental information.
In 2020, Airbnb informed property owners in Greece renting their properties on a short-term basis that information would be sent to AADE for tax purposes. At the same time, he was about to launch his “City portal pilot project allowing local governments to closely monitor enrollment.
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