Osaka OKs use of homes for 6-night or longer tourist stays

posted on October 28, 2015

The western Japan prefecture of Osaka adopted an ordinance on Tuesday to allow the use of vacant rooms at private homes, including condominiums, for tourist accommodations for stays of six nights or longer.

This is the first ordinance passed in Japan that sets rules for the use of vacant rooms for tourist accommodations that is not bound by the inns and hotels law.

The ordinance, passed by the Osaka prefectural assembly, is based on the law for national strategic special zones where deregulation measures can be taken.

Under the ordinance, to be enforced as early as April 2016, the prefectural government will be authorized to conduct on-site inspections of such accommodations.

In Tokyo, the Ota Ward plans to submit a similar ordinance soon to the ward assembly with the aim of putting it into effect in January.

source by jiji
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