Spanish Balearic Islands fine Airbnb € 300,000 for illegal rental

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed models of people are seen in front of an Airbnb logo displayed in this illustration taken June 8, 2016. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Balearic Islands are fining roommates and rentals service Airbnb € 300,000 ($ 370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its website, the government said on Tuesday regional.

Tourism provides more than 11% of Spain’s economic output, and the country has seen record levels of visitors in recent years as safety concerns keep sun-seekers away from North and Middle Africa. -East.

About twenty vacation apartments on the islands available on the Airbnb site do not meet the regulations set in 2017, the government said in a statement. The company had 15 days to respond.

Airbnb said it would appeal the fine, adding that the site, which connects homeowners with vacationers, helps families who want to take advantage of visitors who flock to the Mediterranean islands.

The colocation site offered some 24,000 homes in the Balearic Islands according to 2016 figures, the most recent available.

Rental prices in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, have risen by double digits in recent years as the popularity of homes shared through sites such as San Francisco-based Airbnb has skyrocketed.

Other Spanish cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga, Seville and Valencia, have passed laws, or are reviewing regulations, to curb tourist rentals through the sites because of their effects on local rental prices.

Reporting by Robert Hetz, written by Paul Day, editing by Larry King

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