Barcelona City Council is sending out letters to residents urging them to denounce illegal tourist rentals.
This is the latest step by the City Council in its drive to stamp out tourist rentals in Barcelona.The left-wing local government, headed by Mayoress Ada Colau, appears hostile to all types of tourist accommodation in the City, including hotels, but has made restricting private tourist rental properties one of its flagship policies.
The letter explains that illegal tourist rentals create “speculation, a black economy, and damage relations in the community of neighbours where they take place.” Tourist rentals in Barcelona can be much more profitable than ordinary rentals, which the City Council argues is driving up the cost of housing for locals.
Having beefed up inspection teams and increased fines for owners who rent out their properties to tourists without a local permit, City Hall is now reaching out to local residents and urging them to denounce illegal rentals.
A website has been created with a database of all the legal rentals in the city, so locals can check if they suspect an illegal rental in their neighbourhood, and report any cases of tourist rental flats without a licence.