Hello all you wonderful hosts in India!
I hope you are having a great time hosting interesting people and shariang exciting experiences!
My question is about legality of hosting a property on Airbnb in India and the permits/registration required to do so. From Airbnb’s website, I understand that hosts are responsible for communicating this with the local government. I have contacted the Ministry of Tourism office, here in Bangalore, who suggested registration of a property listing for home-stay or bed and breakfasts is not mandatory and establishments can be run without any restriction.
However, after going through the section under Responsible Hosting - Registration of Guests ( https://www.airbnb.co.in/help/responsible-hosting ), I believe the regulations in India require maintaining a register for guest check-in and check-out records. Furthermore, there are certain forms like Form C and Form F , which property and listing details need to be mentioned. This contradicts the statement by the representative from the Ministry of Tourism and the ambiguity still prevails.
I would greatly appreciate if you could share your experiences and advise on how you have gone about the legality of your listing registration, permits and guest records.
Many thanks in advance!
Thanks for raising this.
My conclusion is similar for Maharashtra.
If you read the extract below, you will see that t says 'may participate' not 'must register; :)
But it would be a lot easier for all of us if AirBnB were to get official confirmation and removed the sense of uncertainty ...
The issue is that there may be other regulations at state level ...
I read somewhere that Karnataka encourages this kind of business by giving a concession on electricity rates whereas Kerala punishes it with a luxury tax ...
Maharashtra B&B registration
MTDC’s Bed & Breakfast Scheme for Tourist
The Govt. of Maharashtra has vide Urban Development Department’s G.R. No.
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introduced a Bed & Breakfast Scheme through Maharashtra Tourism Development
Corporation Ltd. The scheme is designed to increase the availability of accommodation to both
domestic and foreign tourists. Bungalows, houses, flats owner having lettable rooms of requisite
standards may participate in this scheme.
Documents Required :
In our survey we found that there are many bungalows, houses, flats at various places like
historical places, pilgrim places, beaches, mountains and jungle area. It is financially impossible
to construct holiday resort at every place. MTDC register those bungalows, houses, flats for use
of tourists and also create self employment for house owner and his relatives.
The scheme is unique concept offering you the opportunity to live with an Indian family
experience the Indian way of life discover a rich culture share the joy de vivre of friendly people.
As a Bed & Breakfast Scheme you are offered a choice of comfortable and conveniently
located accommodation spread across Maharashtra a land of agriculture, Mountainair, beaches,
dense forest, etc. We have registered around 200 houses under the scheme. The list of basic
information to assist you in selecting the host you wish to stay with the tariff is inclusive of Bed
& Breakfast and wide-ranging to suit every budget and preference.
Yes NOC from society is required for Bnb. U will be using the common areas of the society , lift, water, light, security and other amenities for your benefit. and there should also be an understanding between u and your society about the extra maintaince which u should pay for using these facility. Get all the terms and conditions in written on the letterhead of the society and duly signed.
Hello Adv Girish Is there a prescribed format to apply for such NOC to the society. Any input on the same will really help to make necessary applications.
Many thanks in advance.
Hello, my name is Parvinder and I have been running air bnb in my apartment in the posh area Pali Hill of Mumbai since 2 years and I am a super host. today as per the society AGM they have strictly refused the air bnb hosting definitely as other people have also said it is a jealousy by other people in the society. just to share with you something I am on a wheelchair and this is a source of income for me I desperately need to get the sorted please can you help me how I can fight it out with them I would be in a real fix if this does not work. please can you call me asap on
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Could someone help me with the latest legal requirements for Hosting. I have a spare room in my apartment which i am willing to utilize by hosting through Airbnb. But the unclarity of the legal rules is making me sweat. So please help! Is it necessary to register the space with department of tourism? I see many people in Mysore hosting their space but not sure if everyone has registered?
Did you sort out your problems ?
Apologies, but this is not relevent to your topic.
Could you please help me out on setting up host formalities in bangalore?
I have a 3 bed flat which is newly renovated to high standards.
I have had a similar problem with the society of my building. They haven't even heard of air bnb and are filing a claim against me stating that I am illegally putting listings on a website and getting money from it because it is a residential complex. They have something against foreign nationals and are very orthodox about the idea of having paying guests. I have asked a society and corporative lawyer in which he said it is not illegal to have tenants in your house or apartment or to sublet and there is a supreme court judgement that says so. I am taking it up with my society but until the time it gets solved, I'm not going to take new bookings as I do not want problems with my guests. Hope we can find a joint solution to the problems we are facing.