Owners who rent out their Andalusian homes to tourists will have three months to register with the local authorities or face stiff fines, reports the local press.
The regional Government of Andalusia, known as the Junta, has just passed a decree regulating tourist rentals in the region, following in the footsteps of other regions like Catalonia, the Balearics, and the Canaries.
Owners who wish to rent out all or part of their property to tourists on a short-term basis will have three months from the date the decree is published in the Junta’s Official Bulletin to register with the Andalusian Tourist Register (Registro de Turismo de Andalucía), run by Javier Fernández (pictured), boss of the Tourism and Sports Department.
The alleged purpose of regulating tourist rentals is to improve quality, reduce tax fraud, and prevent “unfair” competition for hotels. A powerful hotel lobby is the driving force behind most tourist rental regulations in Spain.
The Junta estimate that around 80,000 private homes with some 400,000 beds are offered as tourist rentals in the region. The Register will be operative by May, says the Junta, and tourist rental activity fully regulated by the summer.
Owners who fail to comply with the new regulations, which also require owners to satisfy detailed rules on furniture and other characteristics, could face fines of up to €150,000, reports the local press.
For more information on the latest situation regarding tourist rental regulations in different regions of Spain see: Region-by-region update on Spain’s holiday rental laws.
+ Related: Decree as published in the Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía – Decreto 28/2016, de 2 de febrero, de las viviendas con fines turísticos y de modificación del Decreto 194/2010, de 20 de abril, de establecimientos de apartamentos turísticos, dated 2nd February 2016 (pdf in Spanish)
Mark Stücklin is a Barcelona-based property market analyst and consultant, and author of the 'Spanish Property Doctor' column in the Sunday Times (2005 - 2008). He can be reached by email on email@example.com.
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