tourist numbers have dropped and Holiday rental prices fall, Spain want’s to
squeeze revenue from Spanish holiday lets.
is being put in place to make holiday homeowners seek a license for tourism
lets. We can see this has already been put into practice in the Balearic
The Spanish general law, The Tenancy Act, regulates leasehold activities in
this country. This covers ‘permanent housing needs’, which is tenants seeking a
lease of a certain duration, to call your property ‘home’, but also regulates
leases for purposes other than a permanent home. Like
most things, it’s unclear, but leaseholds are said to have a minimum term.
Anything under a year, six months or even a month, could class your tenancy
agreement as a Tourism one and could be considered illegal under the new law.
If you own a Villa or Townhouse.
can choose to rent your property by obtaining a tourism license from the local
town hall and it will be compulsory to provide your guests with services, and
to charge your guests IVA (VAT). If you choose not to obtain the license and
simply rent under the tenancy act law, you must not provide services and
therefore will not charge IVA. In either case, you can rent for any amount of
time. Beware though, if you are caught providing services at all, or not to be
acting correctly you could face huge fines.
If you own an Apartment.
this new law, you would not be able to obtain a Tourism license. However, you
can rent under the Tenancy Act for any period, but you cannot offer or provide
House or Apartment without a Tourism License must be rented by providing a
contract between you and your tenant that shows you are following the rules of
the tenancy act, and make point that no services are being offered. This could
be a crucial document if you are approached by a Tourism Inspector, who will be
trying to catch you out.
You should also be aware of how you market your rental, Make sure you don’t
mention you provide services; the Tourism Inspectors will look at these
mentioned before, it’s as clear as mud and some things are subject to
corruption, with laws being open ended or just unclear,
but whatever you do, educate yourself and don’t get caught out!!