04-11-2019 by redazione
The grip of the Kenyan taxes is tightened on those who rent houses, villas and apartments as "black market" in Kenya.After the associations of hoteliers of the coastal region took to the field to denounce those who "steal" their work and potential customers by evading taxes and often turns his residences in boutique hotels or bed and breakfast without even having a license, the Ministry of Tourism has instructed its operational arm on the application of laws (Tourism Regulatory Authority) to scour with skill all properties that do not belong to those who live there and to ask for a regular lease. If this is not shown, the owner will have to pay taxes and probably, except for amnesties, will have to do so from the time it is assumed that he rents his property.
The matter is also closely related to the Italians who often when they are not in Kenya rent their house and who have understood that to rent just the annual fee of 28 thousand shillings. In reality that tax was created to accommodate people, and is a fixed fee (as if it were a license), then of course when you rent you have to account for the amount of rent and payment, show regular receipts and pay on those taxes.
The system has been set in motion and not only to continue in the fight against evasion and corruption that affects the whole country at all levels, but also at the instigation of hoteliers, who denounce difficulties in filling their facilities and among the main causes have identified that of wild rentals to tourists and repeaters. Even during the recent meeting in Malindi of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Catereres, one of the items on the agenda was to continue to press for the T.R.A. controls to be tightened and lead to results. Do not sublet villas, apartments or rooms without paying taxes and licenses. We therefore advise those who usually rent their homes in Kenya, even through intermediaries, to make sure that everything is always in order, so as not to incur penalties that could even be heavy and even see the house close, perhaps with guests inside which they are ordered to take their belongings and move during their holiday.
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