This summer we only had a few guests at our house in Croatia, as it was for us a “trial period”. But for next summer, we were eager to find out what was needed to obtain a proper rental licence, in order to rent out our house to tourists. So we were told we needed to visit the “tourist rental” office in Trogir.
The local “tourist Rental” office issues all the official documents for the rental businesses, and is located in a medieval building in the centre of the walled city of Trogir.
It’s quite an impressive building, which is accessed from the main cathedral square, and you have to go through a large portal and up some grand old staircase.
We were apprehensive at having to face Croatian speaking bureaucrats, and having to wait in corridors for hours.
We waited for our turn, and were lucky to find in the office, somebody who could speak to us in English and explain all the various forms for us.
The lady went through all the forms, and one of the documents she said we needed to support our application was a medical certificate to show that we are not mentally ill, and are not carrying bacteria and viruses.
We were quite surprised by this request, and wondered how we could ACTUALLY prove that we are not mentally ill nor have a raging virus.
Maybe the doctor would subject us to various complicated tests looking at computer screens showing funny shapes, and if we answered the wrong things he would say we are mentally ill??
So off we went to the doctors surgery in the village, full of nerves, and waited patiently and anxiously for our turn in the waiting room, as there was another patient before us and he needed more urgent attention.
To our surprise the doctor just asked a few questions such as “are you ill, do you take any medications, do you take any illegal drugs, are you HIV positive?“.
When we answered NO to all of the above, he printed out a medical certificate, signed, dated it and stamped it, and we had to pay approx Euro 15 for the privilege.
We can’t read Croatian, so don’t have a clue what this Certificate actually says, but apparently it proves that we are not mentally ill, and we will not terrorize our guests during their holiday stay at Villa BellaVista, and we will not run after them with an axe, like Jack Nicholson in the movie The Shining.
We were quite surprised and we asked The Doctor if this was all we needed to do to prove that we are not mentally ill, and he said “Oh you will have to come back every year, in April, to go through the same routine, it’s just the Government asking for all this supporting paperwork to keep the rental licence.”
So next April we’ll check again whether we have lost all of our marbles…