Airbnb hosts in Greece required to submit short-term rental tax declarations

Greece: Greek short-term rental hosts have until 30 November to submit cumulative rental tax declarations in an electronic registry of the country’s independent authority for public revenue (AADE).

Operators leasing their homes for accommodation purposes are being reminded they must submit the declarations per property leased for the running year following the departure of the tenant by Friday.

It is being reported in Greece that AADE will not provide an extension to the deadline.

AADE has already counted over 30,000 declarations but it is considered to be a very low amount as it has been estimated that there are over 126,000 private, short-term rental properties across the country.

Hosts who fail to submit the required statements could potentially face fines of up to 5,000 euros.

Those hosts who are found to have not even listed their properties on the registry will face heavy penalties and will be unable to receive mandatory property registration numbers that are displayed on online platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com.

AADE is planning to carry out checks across short-term rental platforms in December by using special software.

At a recent Airbnb workshop in Athens, the company’s country manager for Greece, Dimitris Protopappas, advised hosts to enrol in the registry and submit their statements before Friday’s deadline.

When the electronic registry was first launched in Greece, Airbnb said the Greek government’s decision to simplify home sharing for hosts was a positive move.

Airbnb’s public policy manager Sofia Gkiousou said: “We’re pleased to be supporting them by making it even easier for hosts to share their homes responsibly. By working together, we can help more local families to follow the rules, generate new revenue streams that make our communities stronger and help expand Greece’s tourism offering.”

Airbnb said previously it would work closely with the economy ministry to look into making it easier for hosts to comply with the regulations. Since then, the company has added a field for Greek hosts to easily display their registration number on their listing page.