Andalusia’s regional government, or Junta, has prepared draft new regulations for holiday lettings, according to press reports. These regulations will control the way private individuals can rent out their homes to tourists.
The draft Decree on Tourist Use Homes (Decreto de las Viviendas de Uso Turístico) was drawn up by the Junta’s Tourism and Commerce supremo, Rafael Rodríguez, in consultation with the “Mesa del Turismo” tourist industry association, and other local interest groups.
The local tourist industry is said to be pleased with the results, which probably spells bad news for private landlords who dabble with holiday lettings to help pay the bills. Spain’s powerful hotel lobby sees holiday lettings as competition to be limited as far as possible, whereas private landlords have no lobby.
Catering to one of the demands of the hotel lobby, the decree will establish a registry of all holiday letting for landlords renting properties, or even just rooms, to tourists for periods of one month or less. The Junta talks about improving the quality of service, which is another way of raising cost and barriers to entry for private landlords.
Private homes rented out to tourists are defined as “tourist use” homes or “uso turístico”, not to be confused with properties built specifically for renting to tourists, called “apartamentos turisticos”. The difference between the two categories is small but significant, and often confuses property investors. The new regulations concern the former, namely private homes sometimes rented out to tourist on a short-term basis (uso turístico), not properties built exclusively as investments for renting out to tourists.
The draft regulations are supposedly based on an analysis of the current situation of holiday lettings in Andalusia, aiming to develop a strategic plan for the sector. Cave houses will be included in the register, which should come into force within six months, so by the end of this summer 2014.
Regional governments and municipalities across Spain are clamping down on private individuals renting out their homes to tourists, to the delight of hotel lobbies. Barcelona recently introduced a moratorium on new tourist rental licences, whilst the Balearics have long restricted holiday lettings.