This article provides specific information about local laws that apply to people who host their homes in Styria. Just like our country article for Austria, it’s your responsibility to verify and comply with any obligations that apply to you as a host. This article can serve as a starting point or place you can come back to if you have questions but it isn’t exhaustive and it doesn’t constitute legal or tax advice. It’s a good idea to check to make sure laws and procedures are current.
Some of the laws that might affect you are complicated. Contact Styria’s government directly or consult a local advisor, such as an attorney or tax professional, if you have questions.
Short-term rental regulations
Hosts in Graz can also contact the capitol for more info about Styria’s tourism laws.
Holiday apartment tax
Styria’s overnight and holiday apartment tax law implemented a visitor’s tax (Nächtigungsabgabe) on October 1, 2018. Any guest who stays in commercial or private overnight accommodation for a fee is required to pay the tax, with some exceptions, such as children under the age of 15.
Collection and payment
Hosts are responsible for collecting the holiday apartment tax and paying it to the city. You need to register with the city first in order to collect the tax.
As of November 2018, the holiday apartment tax is 1.50 Euros per person per night.
Tourism interest contribution
Hosts in so-called tourism communities (classes A to C according to the local class regulations) are obliged to pay an annual tourism interest contribution (called “Tourismusinteressenbeitrag”) in accordance with the Styrian Tourism Act. The amount is calculated according to the contribution group, local class, and turnover. If you’re unsure whether your municipality belongs to the tourism communities, check with your local town hall.