The local authority in Mijas has been explaining the success of its efforts to help residents who want to rent out their properties to tourists but have been unable to do so due to a bureaucratic trap.
New legislation introduced by the Junta de Andalucía regional government last year requires owners of private holiday accommodation to register with the Junta. The move aimed to improve standards, bringing the self-catering sector in line with hotels.
However many Mijas residents who wish to rent to holidaymakers have been unable to sign up on the register as they have been missing a key piece of paperwork.
The new Andalucía-wide law requires them to present their ‘first- occupancy’ licence - the official document that says that a property can legally be lived in once finished.
As many homes in Mijas, as in other areas, don’t have a formal, written licence, the council has spent the last year issuing equivalent documentation allowing the owners to go on and register with the Junta and rent out to tourists.
Local town-planning councillor, Andrés Ruiz, said on Monday, “There are many homes in Mijas that don’t have a formal ‘first- occupancy’ licence. Some because they are very old - as these documents weren’t issued in the past and they didn’t have them to begin with - and others because the paperwork has been lost. What we have done is make available an equally-valid legal certificate so that those affected can rent out their homes to tourists.”
The council started issuing ‘fit-for-habitation’ certificates (certificados de habitabilidad)a year ago and Ruiz says that this has helped make it easier for self-catering accommodation spread across 1,355 properties to be registered with the Junta.
The councillor added that this alternative certificate was for homes for residential use in urban areas, as rural properties have different rules.