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Obligations for homestay accommodation

Homestay accommodation is one or more reserved areas or rooms which are part of the operator's home or adjoining annexes and which are reserved for the guests throughout their stay.

Opening period, capacity and contract

  • The accommodation is available to welcome guests at least four months per year.
  • The operator cannot run more than one homestay accommodation establishment and must have his main residence there.
  • The operator or the person in charge of the day-to-day management of the accommodation receives a maximum of fifteen tourists at any one time.
  • He concludes a written contract for each stay.

Services

The operator or the person in charge of the day-to-day management of the accommodation:

  • offers his guests a high-quality, personal welcome. He does everything possible to facilitate their stay and help them find tourist information
  • ensures that the home is cleaned regularly
  • provides household linen.

Information and identification

  • The operator or the person in charge of the day-to-day management of the accommodation informs his civil liability insurer that homestay accommodation is rented out and of any additional activities that may be offered.
  • He displays the prices for each room.

Equipment

  • The establishment is in good condition as regards hygiene, safety and general maintenance.
  • The establishment has bathroom facilities reserved for the occupants of the guest rooms.
  • The bedroom or bedrooms have:
    • a window that opens with opaque curtains or a mechanical ventilation system
    •  at least one power socket
    • beds with a mattress, a mattress cover, a pillow and suitable bedding
    • a wardrobe
    • one seat per person
    • a wastepaper basket.
  • The establishment contains:
    • either private bathroom facilities adjoining the bedroom with:
      • a fitted bathroom:
        • a washbasin with drinking water
        • electric lighting
        • a window or ventilation grid
        • a bath or a shower
        • a storage area near the washbasin
        • a mirror
        • one hand towel per guest
        • one bath towel per guest
        • a small waste bin.
    • or shared bathroom facilities (for a maximum of three bedrooms and cleaned daily), with:
      • at least one toilet area separate from the shared bathroom
      • a shared bathroom with:
        • a washbasin with drinking water
        • electric lighting
        • a window or ventilation grid
        • a bath or a shower
        • a storage area near the washbasin
        • a mirror
        • a chair
        • four hooks
        • a small waste bin.
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