the Inns and Hotels Act, the National Strategic Special Zones Act, and the Private Lodging Business Act
What is "Private Lodging"?
Following yesterday, we will explain about Private Lodging in Japan. Below is a comparison table, so please check what is different according to each act.
Although "Private Lodging" is not defined clearly in the laws and regulations, it refers to the provision of accommodation service to travelers and other users by utilizing all or part of housing (condominiums, including detached housing and apartments) is generally called "Private Lodging." In recent years, there has been a rapid development of businesses matching those who want to lend a vacant room for a short period via the Internet with those who hope to find accommodation.
Expectations for Private Lodging are also rising in Japan as well, from the viewpoint of community activation, such as responding to the various lodging needs of the rapidly increasing numbers of international visitors to Japan, and effectively utilizing the increasing number of vacant houses due to an aging society with fewer children.
On the other hand, since there are people conducting Private Lodging without approval, though they fall under the hotel business that requires approval under the Inns and Hotels Act, it is necessary to handle these situations by setting rules, giving consideration to the securement of public health, such as to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and to prevent trouble with community residents.
Based on these issues, the Private Lodging Business Act (Act No. 65 of 2017) has become effective in June 2017 for disseminating proper Private Lodging services under certain rules.
Starting with the enforcement of the Private Lodging Business Act from June 2018, those who conduct Private Lodging in Japan need to select a method from the following.
1.Obtain permission in respect to the Inns and Hotels Act (Act No. 138 of 1948)
2.Obtain authorization in respect to the National Strategic Special Zones Act (Act No. 107 of 2013) (Special Zone Private Lodging)
3.Register in respect to the Private Lodging Business Act
Comparison of the overview on these systems is as follows.
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