On May 11, 2016, new legislation came into effect in Andalusia which means that owners of short-term holiday rentals have to legally register them with the Tourism Registry of Andalusia.
The following article highlights who is affected by this law and how to go about registering your property with the Andalusian authorities.
We also cover a number of other topics including:-
Let’s take a look!
Why did the tourist property regulations change?
There were a number of reasons why the original regulations (Andalucian Tourism Law 28/2016) were updated.
Who is affected by the regulations?
Anyone who offers a property to rent on a short-term basis either personally, via a website, estate agents, and other tourism channels, or one of the many internet holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb.
What is classed a rental property under the law?
A property that is let out for less than two months and which is located on residential land.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes, there are. These are:-
What is a VFT and where do I use it?
The VFT is a number which is issued by the Junta de Andalucia and establishes that your property has been legally registered in the Tourism Registry of Andalucia.
Having the number means that you can rent your property out on a short-term basis.
Prior to receiving your VFT number, you will be issued a CTC number. This is a temporary number that establishes that your property is currently in the process of being registered and allows you to rent the property out while you are awaiting your VFT number.
What are the fines for not registering?
Fines can range from a few thousand Euros up to 150,000 Euros with licences being revoked.
The Junta de Andalucia is thought to have teams of people who will regularly check utility bills, tax declarations, online ads, magazines, and websites to catch those who are not registered.
Alternatively, can download and fill in the form supplied by the ATR called 'Declaración Responsable para el acceso o ejercicio de la actividad' and hand it over at one of the 'Delegaciones Territoriales de Turismo' once completed.
You can view a list of Delegaciones Territoriales de Turismo here
How much does it cost to register?
Registration is completely free.
Will I have to have an inspection?
Yes. Inspections are carried out during the application process to make sure you are adhering to the legislation.
You will need to make sure you have all the documentation in place such as your licence of first occupation and the title deeds of the property.
The requirements below will also have to be met.
What are the requirements and responsibilities of property owners?
The owner of the property has a responsibility to make sure that the property is provided with a minimum level of specification.
You can see the official list of requirements at the following page here.
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