With regards to fully licensed tourist property, the general attitude is that the law will not be imposed.
We have been in the process of obtaining these for some six months now. We currently have obtained two actual licences in Portimão and have seven in process.
The first was issued in September 2008. The license number is 0002. The second was issued in January 2009. The license number is 0003. As you can see it’s not that easy to obtain these.
The main issue we are experiencing is the understanding of the law and the main reason for the licence. It is health and safety not taxes as most people think.
I think if the information was clearer and the owners of property understood clearly the full consequences of illegally renting property, most would licence their property.
Catherine Taylor, by email