Conditions and obligations for tourist residences

To run a tourist residence, you have to meet the following conditions.
  1. the general conditions for running any tourist accommodation;
  2. The specific conditions
    For a comprehensive view, consult Appendix 3 of the decree, of which an extract only is given here.
If you do not offer your tenants the possibility of cooking, refer to the obligations that apply for «furnished tourist accommodation».
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A tourist residence is a villa, a house, an apartment, a studio or a room reserved exclusively for the use of the tenant.

Opening period, capacity and contract

  • For each accommodation facility let, the maximum capacity is determined.
  • A rental contract is signed between the parties.
    This may provide for the payment of charges. The amount of these charges is either a flat rate or is set on the basis of actual consumption.
    Payment of a guarantee may be required.
  • If it is the main residence of the operator, the accommodation is open for a maximum of four months per year.


  • The operator has a reception that is accessible at least during the day and from Monday to Friday. Outside reception opening hours, a member of staff can be reached by telephone.
  • 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.


  • The establishment is kept clean and in good condition.
  • Each unit is laid out to enable guests to live, cook and eat there. The furniture and equipment are adapted to the capacity.
  • The entrance door to the tourist residence is identified and lockable.
  • The establishment provides cleaning equipment (hand brush, broom, bucket, mop, squeegee, vacuum cleaner, etc.).
  • The tourist residence has a living area, a kitchen area, a dining area, bedrooms or areas serving a similar function, a bathroom.
  • The kitchen area includes:
    • a worktop
    • a power socket
    • a sink with drinking water
    • a hotplate with two heating elements
    • an extractor fan
    • a refrigerator
    • a kitchen cabinet
    • the necessary crockery, cutlery, saucepans, etc.
    • a stock of bin bags
    • washing-up detergent, etc.
  • The bedroom or bedrooms contain(s):
    • a window that opens with opaque curtains or a mechanical ventilation system
    • beds with a mattress, a pillow and a cover
    • a power socket.
  • The bathroom has:
    • a washbasin with drinking water
    • electric lighting
    • a window or ventilation grid
    • a bath or a shower
    • a storage area near the washbasin
    • a mirror
    • a small waste bin.

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