The Lisbon Council is going to suspend the local housing in five historic neighborhoods

At the end of October, The Lisbon Council is going to advance with local housing restrictions in five historic neighborhoods of the city: Castelo, Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto and Madragoa and it will now also cover Príncipe Real, Bica and Graça.

The new law on Local Housing, Law 62/2018, of August 22nd, allows/entitles local authorities to restrict the opening of new local housing spaces in overloaded areas.

The measure provided to the city’s counsellors in a private meeting of the executive/administration arises from the town-planning study done by the Council in order to define the areas where restrictions should apply.

In addition to the five mentioned neighborhoods, the study identifies as in “greatest need of monitoring” the areas of Baixa, Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida da República, Avenida Almirante Reis, Graça, Santana, Ajuda, Lapa and Estrela.

In the evaluation made, the Executive has taken into consideration parishes which were above 25%, that is to say, the ratio between residential buildings and local housing buildings.

According to figures provided by the National Register of Local Housing Establishments (RNAL), 20.512 of the 77.053 local housing licenses are located in Lisbon.

This measure, which aims to preserve the social reality of the places, limiting the opening of new local housing establishments in the mentioned parishes, be in force for 1 year, aiming to cease the local housing growth in the historic neighborhoods.

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