Uttarakhand revises homestay registration TACs

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Sep-Oct 2016

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Uttarakhand revised homestay registration terms and conditions (TACs). The Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rule 6 (2015) has been swapped with Rule 5 (2016). The Rule 6 had six sub rules whereas the Rule 5 has one less sub rule.

Rule 6 (2015): Process and Terms and Conditions for Registration and Classification / Reclassification.

Rule 5 (2016): Registration Process and Terms and Conditions

Some good changes have been made. For example, minimum guestrooms have been reduced to one from two to ensure that more locals can participate in the homestay scheme. Check the following table where both rules have been compared in detail:

Rule Number (2015)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015
Rule Number (2016)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 (First Amendment Rules 2016)

Rule 6-1
Any house owner who wants to rent out a guestroom can apply for registration to the concerned prescribed authority.The complete application shall also include the prescribed fee.
Rule 5-1
A house owner who wishes to rent out guestrooms shall apply for registration to concerned regional or district tourism development officer using a prescribed application format.  

The application shall also include the registration fee.

Rule 6-2
The homestay units satisfying the following terms and conditions shall only be registered:
Rule 5-2
The homestay units satisfying the following terms and conditions shall only be registered:
Rule 6-2a
The proposed homestay unit shall be located within the house complex.
Rule 5-2a
The proposed homestay unit shall be exclusively a residential complex.
Rule 6-2a
The owner with his/her family shall live in the complex.
Rule 5-2a
The owner and his / her family shall reside within the complex.
Rule 6-2a
Preference will be given to the units built in local architectural style.

Rule 6-2b
The owner cannot rent out more than two third of the total rooms in the house. For example, the owner of 3-room house can rent out just two rooms. 

A comment on Rule 6-2b: If 66% of the living space is rented out, where the host family will live. Even a small family of four needs at least two rooms for itself.

Rule 6-2b
The owner can rent out 2 to 6 rooms.Each room shall have at least two (2) beds.
Rule 5-2b
A homestay unit shall have 1 to 6 guestrooms for rent.

Each guestroom shall have 2 to 4 beds.

Rule 6-2c
An attached toilet is necessary in urban homestays, whereas it is desired in rural homestays.The bright toilet shall feature a commode,

adequate water supply, electricity,

good ventilation,

furniture, and

other related equipment.

Rule 5-2c
Each establishment shall feature a toilet that complies with standards defined in the Annexure II.

The airy bright toilet should be appointed with necessary amenities, including electricity and water supply.

Rule 6-2d
Each homestay in Uttarakhand shall be neat and clean and equipped with fire extinguisher. The structure shall be strong and in good condition.
Rule 5-2d
Each homestay unit shall be neat and clean and equipped with fire extinguisher. The house shall be in good repair.

Rule 6-2e
The unit shall have adequate parking space.Adequate parking space is necessary in urban homestays and desired in rural homestays.
Rule 5-2e
Adequate parking space in the complex is necessary for urban homestays and desired for rural homestays.

Rule 6-2f
A homestay unit can be registered only if appraisal committee recommends. And police verification is also mandatory prior to the registration.

Rule 6-2g
Toilet cleaning and disposal of non-biodegradable waste are responsibilities of the owner.  

A comment on Rule 6-2g: Can a small guesthouse owner afford to have a non-biodegradable waste disposal system? The local municipal bodies shall offer such system for the entire population.

Rule 5-2g
The owner shall be responsible for toilet cleaning and disposal of non-biodegradable waste.

Rule 6-2h
Other terms and conditions that may be defined in future
Rule 5-2h
Any terms and conditions laid out in future
                              
                         
Rule 5-2f
A no objection certificate (NOC) from the urban development authority or local body / village head in case of rural unit is required.
Rule 6-3
Prescribed authority shall present application to the appraisal committee for complete evaluation.
Rule 6-4
The appraisal committee shall inform about shortcomings (if any) in the proposed homestay unit after a thorough evaluation. It shall give enough time to the owner to overcome the shortcomings. If the owner is able to rectify the problems indicated by the committee within the given time frame, the application shall be accepted for the next level. Otherwise, the application shall be rejected.
Rule 5-3
The committee may list the shortcomings in the proposed unit. If shortcomings are found, the committee shall fix a time period for rectifying.  The owner shall rectify the shortcomings within the prescribed period. Otherwise the registration application shall be rejected.

Rule 6-5
On the recommendation of the appraisal committee, the District Registration and Classification / Reclassification Committee shall grade the homestay.

If the homestay is graded for a higher class than the class selected by the applicant, the applicant shall pay the difference between the two registration fees.

However, if the unit is recommended for lower class than the class selected by the applicant, the difference between two registration fees shall not be refunded.

                  
                      
Rule 5-4
The committee shall classify the unit on the basis of the checklist provided in the rules.
Rule 6-6
Prescribed authority shall ensure that entire application process completes within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the application.
Rule 5-5
Regional / district tourism development officer shall complete registration process within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the application.

 

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