Since the start of June you need an energy certificate to rent your Spanish home to tourists, with fines for non-compliance.
Holiay rental adverts and listings at portals have to display a valid energy certificate, which must also be included in the rental contract.
Regional authorities are responsible for enforcing the new law, which has been in place for years for property sales.
Fines for non-compliance range from 300€ to 6,000€, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. Small fines for failure to publish a valid certificate, and big fines for falsifying documents, for example.
Owners, agents, and portals can all be fined for advertising holiday rentals without the correct energy efficiency documentation.
Fines for non-compliance can result from spot checks by the authorities, or from complaints by the public. Unhappy neighbours are likely to be the biggest source of fines against owners who don’t have a valid energy certificate.
Industry insiders estimate that many, perhaps most, tourist rental properties do not have energy certificates, which cost time and money to arrange. They complain this measure has been introduced without warning, so many owners won’t be able to arrange a certificate in time for this year’s tourist season. They say it is another blow for a sector already struggling with the impact of the pandemic.