State Inspectors Discover 97 Private Renters Breaking Law So Far

Lauren Simmonds

From the 1st of April to the 19th of July this year, inspectors from the State Inspectorate carried out 651 inspections of private renters.

As Marija Crnjak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of July, 2019, since the State Inspectorate announced the heightened presence of state inspectors on the Croatian coast this year on the hunt for private renters breaking the law, 651 inspections have been carried out, and so far 97 violations of regulations have been found. This information was obtained by the competent body.

For alleged violations of the regulations, tourist inspectors filed ten indictment motions for initiating misdemeanor proceedings, issued fourteen misdemeanor warrants, issued 64 fines at the location of the misdemeanor, and in two cases, they seized items of property.

In 78 cases, inspectors merely warned offenders to correct any irregularities to make sure they didn’t face punishment in the future.

As is already known, since the beginning of April this year, inspectors from the State Inspectorate have once again been carrying out thorough inspection activities in the field of hospitality services in households, such as private/family accommodation units, as well as the proper registration of the stay of tourists, including the billing and payment of the sojourn or tourist tax from the owners of houses and holiday apartments.

Since the abolition of the old Inspectorate back in 2014 until this year, inspections have been being carried out by customs inspections with inspectors from the Ministry of Tourism.

In addition to keeping an eye on private renters, these inspectors also control so-called ”weekenders” in non-commercial accommodation which also have to pay sojourn tax, and will report the results of these checks at the end of the season.

Otherwise, the number of beds in 2019 has risen to 468,000, which is 10 percent more than there were last year, and about 23 percent more than there were back in 2017, the Croatian National Tourist Board’s data shows.

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