Bed and Breakfast
Part of your home can be rented out for recreational use as a Bed & Breakfast (temporary rental where you provide guests with a bed and a breakfast). There are rules about how to do this.
Bed & Breakfast or Holiday Rental?
It is important to decide whether you want your home to be used as a Bed & Breakfast or as a Holiday Rental when you are not there. You can register as a Holiday Rental if you are not present in the home, and have rented out the home or parts of the home for hotel purposes. You can find Holiday Rental requirements on the Holiday Rental page.
If you want to use your home as a Bed & Breakfast, you must satisfy the following conditions:
- As the main occupier, you must be present in the home at all times;
- You may use up to 30% of the house for your Bed & Breakfast;
- You may allow up to 4 people to stay, unless it’s a family with more than 2 children;
- You may only use the main building for your Bed & Breakfast; you are not allowed to use an outbuilding or shed;
- There must be at least one parking space at your property per guest room;
- You are not allowed to offer catering or retail services;
- You are not allowed to set up your Bed & Breakfast in a home which is a part of a housing association;
For a complete overview of the requirements, please see the .pdf file attached below. You can find more information and explanation in chapter 5.
The local authority will check whether you are following the rules. However, a transitional phase will be required to make sure the arrangement runs smoothly. The local authority has decided that the following implementation rules must be followed:
- Until 1 July 2019, the local authority will inform residents who are not following the rules and will warn them in a letter;
- Until 31 December 2019, the local authority will give two warnings before imposing an administrative fine;
- From January 1, the local authority will give one warning before imposing an administrative fine.
You can find the amount of the administrative fines in the .pdf file attached at the bottom of this page, in chapter 5. ‘Bed & Breakfast’ under 5.4 ‘Sanctions’.
How do I inform the local authority?
You can tell the local authority about your plans on the VisitorData website ¬– please click the link below. You must register overnight stays on that website before any guests come to stay in your home. When you register, you will need to enter the following information for each booking: arrival and departure date, number of people in the booking, the party leader’s town/city and country of residence and the purpose of the visit (business or leisure).
When you register for the first time, go to the VisitorData website, then click on ‘Log in’ at the top right. This will take you to a page where you can click on ‘Register’. You will enter certain details about yourself (you will only need to do this once), and you will create a login name (your email address) and password. When you have done this, you will receive an automatic email asking you to confirm your account. When you have confirmed your account, you can log in and register the overnight stays in your home on the online portal before your guests arrive. The portal will give you information about the number of overnight stays in your home.