The new Minpaku law takes effect on June 15 th, 2018. But what does it mean for you if you host?
Under the new law, we are permitted to host 180 nights per guest house. Violation of this could lead to a hefty fine.
As others have pointed out, cities can impose their own rules ( if there are problems). As I understand the law, there must be existing problems.
The law as I view it, is quite sympathetic in tone towards Minpaku, while trying to appease the Japanese Hotel Association.
There are ways of skirting this law if you are willing to take that risk. Charging one price, while claiming another. Having a loved one start another Airbnb account as a host if that becomes an issue.
Of course we all pay our taxes!
The law is vague. Knowing Japan, perhaps intentionally so. Abe himself and the federal government in general are tacitly in favor of us. We are a need until summer of 2020.
The government I’m sure gets donations from the very powerful hotel association of Japan, so they at least need to appear to be appeasing them.
I’m cautiously optimistic that we will all be permitted to continue despite local rhetoric. What is said, is often not the reality, in Japan.
Keeping face, and the appearance of complying is all important, as long as we, nor the government, do not flaunt that we are not exactly keeping to the bargain.
Japan needs tourist income! There is not enough accommodation. We are going to see more Minpaku not less. I’m not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice. But my advice is, stay the course, unless TOLD OTHERWISE.
I suspect that after the Olympics we will be closed down, or the authorities will actually enforce the rules. Until then, don’t piss off the neighbors and you should be fine.