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.
The 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.
The Junta de Andalucía insists that every property which appears on websites which put owners in touch with travellers must now be officially registered as tourist accommodation.
There are exceptions for certain types of property, but the Tourism authorities are expecting an “avalanche” of applications in the next week, from owners who have only just become aware of the new regulations and those who have realised that renting out a holiday home could be a good business prospect.
Properties can be registered online.