You can rent out your property for recreational or leisure purposes when you are not there for a continuous period of time. For example, you could do this through the popular Airbnb website. There are rules about how to do this.
Holiday lets or Bed & Breakfast?
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. A Bed & Breakfast means renting out a space in your home for a short stay when you are present, with or without a breakfast. You can find more information about the requirements for facilitating a Bed & Breakfast on the Bed & Breakfast page.
If you want to rent out your home as a ‘Holiday Rental’, you must meet the following requirements;
- You may rent the house out for up to 30 calendar days per year;
- You must tell the local authority that you are renting the house out;
- You must pay tourist tax;
- You need the permission of the landlord or the home owner’s association (VvE);
- You may allow up to 4 people to stay, unless it’s a family with more than 2 children;
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 4. ‘Holiday Lets’ under 4.4 ‘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.