Blogs and advice from Industry leading Specialists
Valuable Opinions, Comments & Gossip
Financial related News & Articles relating to Spain
Latest News, Stories
& Hot Topics
Various Tools & Widgets to help with your financial needs
Tools & Widgets to
help with finances
Polls, Surveys and Opinions featured throughout Tumbit
Featured Polls, Surveys & Stats
Discussions, Advice & Topical Chat
Discussions, Advice & Topical Chat

Madrid buildings may soon ban informal vacation rentals

Source: El Pais - Wed 28th Jun 2017
Madrid buildings may soon ban informal vacation rentals

Madrid’s residential buildings may soon be able to ban the use of housing units for short-term vacation rentals, according to legislative changes announced by regional premier Cristina Cifuentes.

As the Spanish capital grapples with the growing phenomenon of apartment-based tourist accommodation in downtown areas – which residents say drives up rent and causes problems for locals – regional authorities are responding with regulatory changes that seek to channel the trend.

According to the draft measures, which will be posted on the Madrid regional government website on Thursday, the groups representing homeowners in condominium buildings – known as comunidades de propietarios – will be able to introduce clauses in their statutes to explicitly ban condo owners from renting out their units to short-term vacationers.

The new rules also hope to make peer-to-peer holiday rental websites subject to sanctions under regional tourism legislation when basic rules of coexistence are not met. But this requires online platforms to be designated as tourism businesses, a particularly controversial point.

Homes destined for use as tourist accommodation have to be registered on a regional roster, but this rule is largely ignored throughout Madrid. No specific figures are available as authorities have yet to conduct a reliable study on the subject.

At a press conference, Cifuentes said that her Popular Party (PP) administration does not oppose holiday rentals per se. Instead, her government wants to regulate the activity in order to improve quality for the sake of tourists and citizen safety, she said.

To this end, housing units used as vacation rentals will have to take out civil responsibility insurance and have complaint forms available to customers. Regulators also want to create a special certificate that would guarantee that the housing unit has basic things like heating, cold and hot water, and sufficient energy sources.

Regional authorities have been in touch with Madrid city officials over the matter, but Cifuentes said that City Hall – currently under the rule of the leftist coalition Ahora Madrid – has “an essentially prohibitionist vision that we do not share.”

Cifuentes also said she opposes the idea of a “tourism tax” or a moratorium on new hotel construction, which some local governments are contemplating.

The regional premier insisted that the situation in Madrid is not comparable to Barcelona, where the proliferation of vacation rentals is widely perceived as a growing problem.

Recommended Reading :

* Barcelona woman forced to occupy own apartment after AirBnB listing

* Barcelona fines homesharing sites AirBnB and HomeAway

Comment on this Story

 
Be the first to comment on this Story !!

Related Partners

Recommended Items

Related Articles

Related Blogs

 
When shopping for bodyjewelrytips, never buy anything that has nickel. The best type of material is the steel, titanium, wood, anodized gold or gold. Most nickel products will rust and may infect your ear. If you have pierced the naval or eye, you do not need to worry, as that is the most versatile part of the body. You can wear rings, straight, curved or fancy and captive beads. There are many leading body piercing jewelry that offer some of the biggest collection at very affordable price. In regard to shopping, always go to a wholesale shape as that is the sure place of getting any type of body piercing jewelry. The only thing that you need to be careful about is the material used to make the jewelry. There are instances when body piercing might go wrong and the result is an infection. In order to avoid this, make sure that the person doing the piercing is qualified to do so. After piercing is done Bodys piercing trends, you should keep the area sterilized and clean. Use warm water to wipe dirt. Never use spirits as they will corrode the area resulting to a wound which might cause an infection.