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Tenerife and Gran Canaria announce a ban on Airbnb-style holiday rentals


Tenerife and Gran Canaria announce a ban on Airbnb-style holiday rentals

AIRBNB-style holiday rentals on Gran Canaria and Tenerife will be banned under new regulations presented by regional governors in the Canary Islands.

Island councils and town halls will be offered the chance of establishing exceptions under the draft decree, although the larger island authorities will have the final say in case of any disagreement with the smaller municipal authorities.
Canary Islands’ tourist chief Isaac Castellano said his government’s aim is to protect residents’ right to affordable accommodation.

The draft regulations, which will have to be approved at a full council meeting at the end of this year and it will now be put out to the public in a month-long consultation period.

The western Canary Islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are excluded from the new rules on holiday rentals.

The new rules on holiday rentals are designed to substitute those approved three years ago that banned tourist lets in holiday areas with no exceptions. A subsequent court challenge against them has yet to be resolved.

The islands are also considering introducing their own tourist tax, a decision that proved unpopular among hoteliers.

Regional governments across Spain are taking steps to curb the rise of holiday rentals.

In Valencia most new apartments destined for tourist use are set to be limited to ground and first-floor flats and the new legislation, due to be passed later this year, will ban all new rentals in the crowded historic city centre called the Ciutat Vella.

Madrid has announced plans to allow authorise tourist flats in certain areas of the city only if they have their own separate entrance.

Governors in Palma have reacted to problems of mass tourism and soaring rents which have priced out locals by banning tourist apartments altogether.

From July tourists wanting to rent somewhere to stay in the Majorcan capital will only be able to pick certain detached single-family homes.
Government chiefs in the Balearic Islands have gone to war against illegal holiday home lets this year by hitting the likes of Airbnb and TripAdvisor with six-figure fines.

Barcelona has also fined rental websites for marketing homes without the necessary licences.

The Catalan capital and the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Majorca are the places where the protests about the effects of mass tourism have been the loudest.

In April nearly 40 organisations were represented at a protest in Ibiza Town centre organised by pressure group Prou.

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