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Crackdowns on Illegal Minpaku Lodgings Promoted under New Law

Crackdowns on Illegal Minpaku Lodgings Promoted under New Law

   Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--The number of government-approved "minpaku" private lodging services has skyrocketed while that of illegal accommodations is being beaten back, as the law allowing such services marks its first anniversary on Saturday.
   A total of 17,301 minpaku applications had been submitted to local governments as of June 7, about eight times more than when the law went into effect on June 15 last year.
   Under the law, owners of private houses and condominiums can rent out unused rooms to travelers as accommodation, after filing registrations with municipalities.
   While minpaku services were already available with approval under the hotel business act, the new law made it easier to apply to offer such services.
   The law is aimed at rooting out unauthorized minpaku services, operating despite safety and sanitation issues, as well as settling disputes with neighbors about guests who are noisy or do not follow rules on garbage.

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