City of Prague launches free legal advisory for tenants and homeowner organizations in buildings affected by short-term accommodation

City of Prague launches free legal advisory for tenants and homeowner organizations in buildings affected by short-term accommodation


9/29/2021

The City of Prague has launched free legal advisory for homeowners, associations of owners and Prague citizens suffering from the impact of short-term accommodation services in residential buildings. “Bed and breakfast” offerings have gone far beyond shared economy and developed into unlimited utilization of apartments for accommodation services without adherence to legal provisions governing such type of business, notes city councilor Hana Kordová Marvanová. Building Authorities in Prague have taken steps against homeowners who provide accommodation services in variance with the Certificate of occupancy.

Specifically, Prague 1 Building Authority and Prague City Hall’s Construction Department have imposed sanctions against homeowners who provide short-term accommodation services in apartments in variance with construction regulations. This shows that former B&B offers have turned into regular and unrestricted accommodation business without adherence to legal requirements for hotels and other accommodation facilities.

The free legal advisory, launched on October 11, is available in the City Hall building in Škoda Palace in Jungmannova Street. The service is to be found on the ground floor, desk No. 7, with office hours every Monday and Wednesday from 14.00 to 16.00. Visitors need to call 12444 in advance to book a time slot.  Homeowners and their associations will get advice, how to proceed when seeking their right to peaceful use of their property, free from disturbances caused by short-term accommodation services, such as Airbnb etc. provided by other homeowners.