Madrid proposes crackdown on Airbnb-style vacation rentals

Madrid has become the latest Spanish city to deliver a crackdown on Airbnb-style vacation rentals with new rules that could ban 95% of listings from the capital.

The proposed legislation wants to impose new strict rules on the rental of accommodation, especially in the historic city center, with the aim of combating “mass tourism”.

Residents of the Spanish city are concerned that Madrid rental accommodation prices will be charged due to the short stays that travelers book through websites and apps.

Madrid, pictured, has become the latest Spanish city to come up with a crackdown on Airbnb-style vacation rentals with new rules that could ban 95% of ads from the capital

And now, Madrid’s secretary for sustainable urban planning, José Manuel Calvo, has announced drastic measures to encourage “responsible tourism”.

According to Local, the plans include “preserving the residential use of buildings, stopping permanent use (by tourists) and replacing it with temporary, thus preventing the accommodation from becoming accommodation exclusively for tourists”.

This means that apartments cannot be rented to tourists for more than 90 days a year, and entire buildings cannot be used by tourists only.

Meanwhile, in the central area of ​​Madrid, vacation rentals on Airbnb and other websites will need a designated street entrance for tourists and another for permanent residents of the building.

However, an Airbnb spokesperson said: “Home sharing on Airbnb helps local families in Madrid pay for their accommodation and raise the cost of living, while boosting the local economy.

“It’s part of the solution to the local housing problems in the city and helps put tourism dollars in the pockets of local families – not just wealthy hotel groups.

“We look forward to continuing our positive conversations with the city of Madrid on clear and fair rules that differentiate between professionals and ordinary families who occasionally share their homes.

“Following inaccurate and misleading scrap data that was released in Madrid earlier this year – we produced a report using real Airbnb data to show the minimal impact of home sharing on Madrid’s housing market.”

The plans for Madrid come just days after the Spanish city of Valencia, also proposed restrictions on Airbnb.

The aerial view over the city of Madrid showing the royal palace.  City became the last in Spain to crack down on Airbnb rentals

The aerial view over the city of Madrid showing the royal palace. The city became the last in Spain to crack down on Airbnb rentals

Authorities in the city, on Spain’s east coast, want to ban private vacation rentals on the ground floor.

This would mean that holidaymakers would not be able to rent apartments with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, while in the historic old town no new rentals will be allowed.

Meanwhile, last month Palma, on the holiday island of Mallorca, announced that it would impose an outright ban on vacation rentals.

The island’s capital will be the first in Spain to impose the ban, which goes into effect from July.

The ban comes just months after news was announced that Mallorca, along with Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, would ban homeowners from renting “spaces in apartments on websites like Homeaway and Airbnb without a license.”

People face fines of up to 400,000 euros (£ 360,000) if they do not get a license first.

Rental sites could also be fined if they are found to be serving advertisements from unlicensed customers.

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