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Posted by portugalpress on October 09, 2018

The Armed Forces Institute of Social Action (IASFA) has received a complaint that one of its Lisbon apartments - that should be rented to members of the military - has in fact been used for to house foreign tourists under the regime of ‘alojamento local’ (local lodging).

The defence ministry - which has responsibility for the institute - says it knows nothing of the situation and will leave it to IASFA to respond.

This appears to have happened already - albeit anonymously.

A source for the institute is quoted as telling Diário de Notícias that homes available for rent to the military in Lisbon have indeed been used for alojamento local.

“It’s worrying”, said the source, suggesting it highlights “the grave situation that IASFA lives”.

One such case was brought to the institute’s notice early this summer, purportedly by two sergeants and a corporal that live in one of IASFA’s buildings in the downtown area of Boa Hora.

Says DN, various sources have confirmed that an apartment on the third floor of the buidling “started being inhabited” early on in the year “by people of various nationalities” who would come and go “at all hours of the day and night”.

The complainants said they had no idea who IASFA had rented the apartment to and that they were concerned by the “presence of cleaning staff in the building after its occupants had left” - the inference being that the key to the building’s main entrance “had been distributed to various people” who did not live in it.

DN adds that the state of IASFA’s finances has been “problematic for several years, registering a hole of millions of euros”.

The situation has seen the institute the target of “several audits, as much by the defence ministry as by tax authorities”.

These latest allegations see multiple sources now trying to discover just how much sub-letting might be going on.

IASFA’s webpage describes a stock of housing that includes 28 autonomous apartments (2-bedroom, 1-bedroom and studios), 23 storerooms / attics, 97 commercial establishments and 173 garages and sundry parking places.