Under the new legislation regulating Local Lodging, the owner/operator must sign a Declaration of Terms of Responsibility assuming full responsibility and assuring that all required standards have been met in full. The following minimum requirements of quality, hygiene and safety continue as first outlined in the original regulations published in 2008.
Determining the capacity of the unit
Capacity is determined by the number of permanent beds available. These do not include convertible or folding beds. In addition, there must be at least one bathroom per three bedrooms. The septic system must also be adequately sized for the maximum number of guests.
a) Adequate furnishing and fittings;
b) Shutters or curtains capable of shielding exterior light;
c) Doors and locks for safety and privacy;
d) Windows providing adequate ventilation.
a) Bathrooms – at least one bathroom for every three bedrooms
b) Hot and cold running water;
c) Emergency phone numbers – “112” predominantly posted;
d) Septic system – capable of handling maximum capacity.
a) Proper conditions of cleanliness and hygiene;
b) Cleaned at least at weekly intervals and upon arrivals and departures;
Bed linen service
a) Linen changed at least once weekly;
b) Linen changed prior to arrival of new guests.
a) Standard fire precautions;
b) Fire equipment: fire extinguisher and fire blanket;
c) Fire safety: evacuation plan for larger facilities (when capacity exceeds 50 occupants);
d) First aid kit;
e) Written instruction manuals for appliances;
f) Emergency phone numbers posted.
Going beyond the basics
As can be readily seen, these statutory standards represent only the bare essentials. In the event of an accident, owners will always be better served to be able to show that they have exceeded the minimum legal requirements. We strongly recommend going beyond these rudimentary fundamentals in a number of important areas:
a) Smoke alarms;
b) Information signs around swimming pools and other potentially dangerous areas;
c) Warning markings on glass doors;
d) Tourist liability insurance coverage, an inexpensive supplement to most “multi-risk” homeowners insurance policies.
By Dennis Swing Greene
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Dennis Swing Greene is Chairman and International Tax Consultant for euroFINESCO s.a.