If you’re planning on travelling to Ibiza and are in search of someplace to remain, you’ll need to keep in mind that a brand new regulation is coming into impact to ban Airbnb and different on-line lodging platforms. Ibiza Town’s metropolis council is implementing the measure as a result of it believes that the platforms are inflicting points for locals.
This will make it not possible for guests to hire rooms in non-public homes and flats, so the one lodging choices accessible might be motels and different properties with particular licences. The same ban was applied in Santa Eulària des Riu final summer season, and San José and San Antonio have already banned leases in condominium blocks, however not in homes. Ibiza Town councillor, Elena López Bonet, says that the intention is for the regulation to be in place by the beginning of the 2018 season.
The penalties for contravening the regulation are stiff, as firms providing lodging illegally may very well be fined as much as €400,000, whereas particular person homeowners face penalties of as much as €40,000. The council says that the scenario has turn into untenable and the comparatively latest arrival of on-line platforms has created an unsustainable scenario. It says that some locals had been compelled to sleep in automobiles or overcrowded flats attributable to escalating hire issues and the scarcity of lodging final summer season.
This transfer is clearly dangerous news for Airbnb, which has issued a press release saying it desires to work with officers in Ibiza on widespread sense guidelines. “Airbnb accounts for less than 5% of visitors to Ibiza and boosts the Balearic’s economy by more than half a billion euros – money that typically stays with local families and business,” it says.