Barcelona continues crackdown on unlawful holiday flats | Travel

For vacationers to Barcelona who wish to keep away from being duped by pretend listings on holiday condo web sites and social media accounts, or who merely want to be extra moral guests, the town council has created an internet site offering checks on whether or not a rental is authorized.

To keep away from arriving and discovering the rental is likely one of the 2,000 flats the town has closed down up to now yr as a result of they have been working with no licence, go to and enter the handle. The web site will point out whether or not the condo is licensed or not. There are 9,600 licensed vacationer flats within the metropolis.

As no new licences have been issued since 2014, unlawful flats have proliferated. However, the town doubled the variety of inspectors and launched a scheme whereby residents can denounce landlords who let unlicensed flats.

After a protracted battle with Airbnb, which included imposing a €600,000 positive that the company has but to pay, the platform has lastly agreed to take away unlicensed properties from its web site. However, there are a lot of different websites that publicize unlawful flats.

The increase in holiday lets has led to sharp lease will increase as landlords can earn 5 occasions as a lot renting to vacationers reasonably than residents. As a outcome, residents are being pushed out and the central areas of the town have gotten depopulated. On anybody night time, for instance, fewer than half the folks sleeping within the outdated a part of Barcelona are residents.

On the web site, the town calls on guests to assist stamp out unlawful lodging that “creates speculation and illicit economies” that carry nothing constructive to residents.

“If you are visiting Barcelona, we need your commitment and cooperation to prevent the proliferation of this illicit economy in our city and the irresponsible, economically unsustainable and environmentally unfriendly tourism it encourages,” the location says.

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