You Now Need to Register to Let Out Your Home in Andalusia

Homeowners in Andalusia now have only three months to register their properties, which will open in May

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The regional government of Andalusia (Junta) has passed a decree requiring property owners to register if they rent out their homes. The move follows similar laws in Catalonia and the Balearics. 
 
Catalonia was the first autonomous region to introduce registration for home owners who let their properties out for short periods (up to 4 months a year) to tourists. This puts the onus on the property owner to comply with numerous rules and regulations including applying for a licence to rent - which of course isn’t free - informing the police of each tourist staying in the property and complying with fire and other obligatory norms. 
 
The truth is there is a strong hotel lobby in Spain which is demanding regulation of tourist rentals to combat competition in the tourist market
 
Management agencies can help with the paperwork, but the property owner is required to make the application. 
 
The Junta claim that this decree is designed to minimise fraud, improve quality, and prevent unjust competition for hotels, but the truth is there is a strong hotel lobby in Spain which is demanding regulation of tourist rentals to combat competition in the tourist market.
 
Failing to comply could well result in fines of up to 150,000€ and registration will mean that property owners will have to follow guidelines on every aspect of rental, including furniture requirements, fire prevention and even internet connections.
 
The register will be open in May and homeowners in Andalusia will have until the end of July to register. The Junta expect private tourist rentals to be under full regulation by this summer. However, it takes time to process all the applications and it could therefore be after the summer season that you will receive your licence, as happened in Catalonia when the registration was introduced.
 
The authorities now possess software which helps them to uncover adverts for unlicensed properties and this will be followed by a stiff fine
 
Once you receive approval, you will be given an official number. This should be displayed on all your advertisements for the property, whether you use an agency or advertise directly on line through Home Away, Air B & B, Owners Direct or other similar websites. The authorities now possess software which helps them to uncover adverts for unlicensed properties and this will be followed by a stiff fine.
 
The Hotel lobby wins as many homeowners will think twice about whether it is worth the effort to let out their properties. It probably is worth it though, so be prepared to go through a lot of bureaucracy before you can legally rent to tourists from now on.

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