Many owners of holiday rental properties are now rushing to register them as tourist accommodation in order to comply with new regulations which come into force on 11 May.

Vacation rental in MarbellaThe number of applications to register a property on the ‘Registro de Turismo de Andalucía’ had increased by 705% by the end of April, according to Monsalud Galindo, the regional government’s Tourism delegate in Malaga. Between 1 January and 30 April, there were 1,736 applications to register rental properties, compared with just 246 in the same period of 2015. Next Wednesday is the first day that registration numbers will be assigned, enabling owners to rent their properties legally.
The new decree states that any property in Andalucía must be registered if it is habitually rented out for holidays at a price set by the owner and is marketed through tourism channels such as travel agents or online platforms.
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The minister of Tourism and Commerce, Rafael Rodríguez, announced last week the ‘III Plan de Calidad’, a project to regulate the use of properties rented to tourists, and which is expected to be approved in January.

holida rental in AndaluciaThe aim of this new decree is to curb the amount of illegal rental properties in Andalucía and expose the black economy generated by illegal rental properties.

“The decree is important as much of the tourist industry is operating underground, illegally. This will bring it to the surface and prevent unfair competition and damage to legally operating companies,” explained Rodríguez.

The legislation will include several requirements that owners who ,rent property to tourists by the night or by the week, will need to meet. The key requirement will be that owners of these types of properties will need to be registered on the Registro de Turismo de Andalucía.
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