Passport Number for apartment rental

Hi, I was curious if anyone knows or has been asked for their passport number when making a reservation for an apartment rental. I am in the process of renting an apartment in Rome for a week next summer and I am being asked for my passport number and don't know whether this is standard or not?? Any info would be great.
Thank You!

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5741 posts

Yep, what they said. Standard practice. In fact, if they do NOT ask for your passport number, they are likely to be renting to you and not reporting the income. It's part of the national pastime of tax avoidance in Italy.

Posted by Tania
Halton, Ontario, Canada
105 posts

Thank you gentlemen!! Just what I needed to hear!

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3324 posts

You'll need to give your passport to the hotel/residence eventually for them to get the info and report it to the Police authority. The Italian law (Article 109 of the Public Security Law of 1931 and various amendments) require hotels and other tourist establishments (including managers of vacation homes) to only accept guests with proper photo ID. For citizens of a non EU country a valid Passport is necessary. The management of the establishment is required to register the guest and copy the ID documents and transmit such guest info to the Police authorities within 24 hours from the guest arrival.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10870 posts

Common in Italy. They need to register visitors with the police. The number has no value so don't worry about it.