Junta de Andalucía tourism chief Rafael Rodríguez. :: SUR
The stated object is to bring to light unauthorised holiday rentals and to create a new set of standards and regulations for them
The Junta de Andalucía’s head of Tourism, Rafael Rodriguez, has announced the basic strategies of a plan to combat the unlicensed renting of holiday accommodation to tourists.
The plan is a long-standing demand from the hotel sector which says that they see an urgent need to put a stop to this practice which has grown rapidly in the past few years (due to the ease of marketing holiday accommodation on the internet) and offers unfair competition to the hotel trade.
Hoteliers have claimed that up to 20 per cent of the accommodation offered to tourists is unregistered and illegal.
The announcement comes as a response to the government’s decision last year to remove properties rented to tourists from the protection of the Law of Urban Leases and leave their regulation to individual autonomous regions.
The Junta, without giving any details, has signalled its intention to oblige all properties that advertise themselves as rental accommodation to include their licence number in their publicity. It also wants to create new standards and regulations for holiday accommodation. The nature of these has not yet been announced.
Rodríguez stated in his announcement that he hopes to have a new set of standards for properties rented to tourists ready by June.
“Only Cataluña has such a set of regulations which we have studied in depth and we remain in contact with the Catalan government on this. We will be the second region in Spain to establish these regulations”, said Rodríguez.