City moves to regulate condos used as homestay, home-share

A city ordinance creating policies for homestay and self-style accommodations in Davao City is now being pushed.

The move came after the city government found most of them are operating without business permits and are unregulated.

City Tourism Operations head Generose Tecson said the city is now eyeing to create an ordinance requiring home-style accommodation like Airbnb, which is now thriving in the city.

Tecson said she will have a meeting with Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz next week to discuss about coming up with regulatory policies.

Based on the reports they received, Tecson said most of these home-style accommodations are being practiced by condominium unit owners in the city.

“Wala kasi tayong support from the management of the condominium that is why we are thinking how to be able to do it with Councilor Ortiz ano yung ordinance na puwedeng gawin. For example puwede ba nating i-hold responsible ang property managers na kailangan nilang i-report kung sino yung mga nagli-lease out ng mga spaces,” she said.

Tecson shared that some of the unit owners of a certain condominium along J.P. Laurel Ave. are now also complaining as some unit owners are operating such business.

“Meron na kasing condominium sa may Bajada area at naka-receive kami ng letter but they were denying na may nagli-lease out na space like AirBnB or other home-based applications at saka meron din kasing nagre-report na homeowners na nagagalit na kasi it seems like mas marami na yung nagpapa-lease out na spaces in the residence itself kaya nagagalit na rin sila. Yun ang pag-uusapan namin ni Councilor Ortiz,” she said.

Tecson said accommodation owners must acquire a business permit before operating and should pay local taxes because they fall within the Amended Davao City Tourism Code of 2014.

Among the amendments under the Davao City Tourism Code of 2014 are the regulation of self-styled accommodations and those individuals who register as hosts to home sharing applications like Airbnb.

Since 2018, the city has been seeking to regulate homestay and self-styled accommodation establishments, especially those listed in home-sharing booking applications such as Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey and Home Away, among others.