Reply To: Barcelona protests against tourist flats

Mark Stücklin

UPDATE: Barcelona city hall has announced new measures to control tourist rentals in Barcelona, including inspections going on beyond the end of the summer, and in more districts (not just Barceloneta). Inspections will also be widened to include hostels. The number of inspectors will be doubled from 60 to 120. Punishments for illegal rentals or repeatedly disturbing the neighbours will be more severe.

All part of the draft ‘Special plan for tourist apartments’ expected to be passed in October. The plan is supposed to be “very restrictive” with tourist apartments. “From the very first day the message has been one of zero tolerance,” says Mercè Homs, a councillor in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella Gothic Quarter.