This page is only designed to give you an overview of some local requirements, but it is your duty to know and comply with the local laws. misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should read carefully the relevant laws and contact a local adviser or the local authorities for further understanding.
In 2016, the “Ordonnance relative à l'hébergement touristique” of May 8, 2014 has entered into effect in Brussels-Capital region. It creates new rules for tourist lodgings in private accommodations located in the 19 municipalities of Brussels-Capital region.
The “Ordonnance relative à l’hébergement touristique” (Ordinance on Tourist Accommodation) applies on every accommodation located in the Brussels-Capital Region, that is proposed to tourists for rental from 1 night to 90 days, on a regular or occasional basis, against the payment of a price.
2 categories may be specially relevant for rental on our platform :
- “Résidences de tourisme” (tourist residences) : “Villa, house, apartment, studio or bedroom, reserved exclusively for the use of the tenant, equipped with the furniture required to stay there and to cook.”
- “Hébergement chez l’habitant” (homestay accommodation) : “One to five bedrooms (or separate areas), which are part of your home or its adjoining annexes.”
Déclaration préalable (prior notification)
Article 14 of the Ordinance makes it mandatory to notify every tourist lodgings, prior to beginning of activity. The notification form must be submitted along with supporting documents. You can find those documents and detailed instructions on this page on the Brussels official page.
If your dossier is valid, you will receive the logo identifying the category of your tourist accommodation, and a registration number. Enter this number on your listing : to do so, when connected on your misterb&b account, go to “edit my listing” > “address”.
Minimum standards and requirements
- General requirements
It is required, without limitations, to keep the accommodation in good condition as regards hygiene and maintenance, as well as to maintain a civil liability insurance for the damages caused by the Host. The tourist accommodation establishment meets the safety standards. It has a fire safety certificate or a simplified inspection certificate, as appropriate. Hosts must communicate statistic datas about their accommodations to the Direction générale Statistique du SPF Économie (see here). For exhaustive informations on general requirements, visit this page on the Bruxelles Administration official website.
- Tourist residences requirements
If it is the main residence of the operator, the accommodation is open for a maximum of four months per year. Each unit is laid out to enable guests to live, cook and eat there. If the establishment offers certain hotel services (for example, breakfast, beds changed, rooms cleaned, caretaker or reception), this is subject to payment of a supplement. The list of these services is provided for the guest in the room. For exhaustive informations on tourist residences’ requirements, visit this page on the Bruxelles Administration official website.
- Homestay accommodation requirements
The operator or the person in charge of the day-to-day management of the accommodation receives a maximum of 15 tourists at any one time. Each unit is laid out to enable guests to live, cook and eat there. For exhaustive informations on tourist residences’ requirements, visit this page on the Bruxelles Administration official website.
Tourist accommodation tax
Starting on February 1, 2017, the tax levied by the Brussels-Capital Region on tourist accommodations will be harmonized through the 19 communes of the Region (see Ordonnance relative à la taxe régionale sur les établissements d’hébergement touristique of December 23, 2016).
For tourist accommodation at private home, the basic rate of the tax is 0,0669€ by tourist accommodation occupied by tourists, multiplied by the number of nights spent in the accommodation.
The tax is paid by the Hosts on a monthly basis : the declaration and remittance process can be completed online by registering on Irisbox.
For more informations, visit this page on the official website of the Brussels Administration. You can join “Bruxelles Economie et Emploi” administration at 02 204 25 00 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find a list of useful associations or communes contact on this page too.