The prices of apartments in Prague have skyrocketed in recent years, making it almost impossible for many people to find affordable housing in the capital. A group of people united in a project called Sdílené domy or Shared Houses decided to buy a house in Prague, and administer it themselves: not as a traditional tenants’ association, but as a community. In the future, they would also like to create a co-housing network across the country.
The Czech tax authorities are preparing a change in regulations that will
impact those who rent out their properties long-term via Airbnb or similar
platforms, iHned.cz reported on Thursday. In a statement, the Financial
Administration said such services would be taxed the same as accommodation
services or other forms of enterprise, not as rent.
Landlords who earn CZK 1 million or more annually will be required to register as payers of value added tax.
A top level meeting has been convened by the Czech government to try and calm an explosive situation between Prague’s licenced tax drivers and self employed drivers using the Uber application. The hastily convened meeting follows a go slow protest in the capital at the start of the week which snarled up traffic in the centre and to the international airport.
Taxi drivers launched protest actions in the Czech capital against
competition from Uber drivers on Monday morning.
Groups of drivers staged go slow actions across the city aimed at snarling up traffic and drawing attention to the complaints about unfair competition.
One of the protest actions was focused on the approaches to Prague’s Václav Havel international airport with another on one of the main approach roads from the capital to the airport.
Official taxi drivers say that Uber drivers are not subject to the same payments as licensed drivers are subject to lax regulation meaning that they can undercut them.
Prague’s international airport has warned passengers to give themselves
extra time to reach the airport for Monday’s flights in view of the taxi
drivers’ protest planned for that day.
On its web page the Vaclav Havel Airport administration predicts traffic problems and advises tourists to use city transport instead.
The Czech Association of Taxi Drivers has announced a protest action against the Uber taxi service on Monday in which taxi drivers are expected to slow-down traffic on the main route to the airport.
The police on Monday monitored the latest protest by taxi drivers against
the rival transportation company Uber; no incidents were reported. The
police estimated some 70 taxi drivers took part in the protest which took
place at Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport.
Organizers put the number at 400 and warned that more demonstrations against Uber, which they see as unfair competition, may be held.
Taxi drivers clashed with Uber drivers at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport
on Friday afternoon, iDnes.cz reported. For the second day in a row, they
attempted to prevent the Uber drivers from pulling in at the airport's
terminals and placed English-language signs reading Illegal Transport on
their cars. Police were called out to deal with the conflict.
An iDnes.cz reporter said the taxi men had placed Illegal Transport signs on all cars that were not taxis, including those of ordinary people stopping at the airport.
The mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová, described the taxi drivers’ action as disgraceful and said it attested to their level of intelligence.