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Valencia joins the war against the tourist apartments

The new openings will be limited mostly to low and first floors

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Valencia joins the war against the tourist apartments

The Valencian Community has joined war that administrations keep against proliferation of tourist apartments. The Valencian courts agreed yesterday amendments to new tourism law that will be approved before summer and give a wide range of manoeuvre to councils to regulate ir taste and depending on ir needs an activity that grows at speed Dizzying. In city of Valencia, entry into force of law implies that new tourist flats will be limited practically only to low and first plants.

The battles are fought in much of tourist Spain. Driven by problems that rapid development of Internet platforms are generating in residential housing market, with rises in purchase and rental prices, town halls and communities are taking action. Palma adopted last month most extreme by prohibiting rent of flats to tourists. The consistory ruled by PSOE, Més and Podem only left out of veto to isolated houses, chalets and environments like that of airport and industrial polygons.

Barcelona, city with largest offer of tourist flats in Spain and where residents are suffering more reconversion of residential homes, closed last year around a thousand flats and has imposed Airbnb and Homeaway fines of 600,000 euros. Throughout Catalonia, Generalitat has raised four million euros in penalties for tourist flats since 2012. The community of Madrid will allow neighboring communities to prohibit tourist use of buildings, and city Council of capital wants that from 90 days of rent per year owners of apartments need an urban license of use Tertiary. Andalusia obliges from 2016 to owners to register houses in a database and or communities, from Basque Country to Canary Islands, have begun to legislate activity.

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The route chosen by Valencian Community leaves regulation in hands of each city council. With new law, in order to be able to register in Autonomous register, which is obligatory and in which 66,755 houses are listed, owners will have to obtain a "municipal report of urban development compatibility", according to amendment agreed on Tuesday by PSPV-PSOE, Compromís and we can.

The registration number must appear in all offers published by Internet platforms. And if you refuse to do so, you will be fined. The Valencian tourism agency has already sanctioned with 30,000 euros to Airbnb, Homeaway and rentals. The new law raises penalties for repeated defaults to 600,000 euros. "To order tourism, consensus and alliances are needed, but also to end sense of impunity. The fines we had so far were not dissuasive to big online rental companies, "says director of agency and former mayor of tourist town of Benicàssim, socialist Francesc Colomer.

With entry into force of law, to obtain certificate in city of Valencia will be demanded fulfillment of PGOU in force, that does not allow that a house is destined to tertiary activities — like tourist rent — if it has below ors of use Residential. This, according to deputy mayor and local leader of PSPV-PSOE, Sandra Gomez, means that most new openings will be limited to low and first floors.

The buildings dedicated entirely to tourist apartments have ir own regulation, require a license similar to hotel and in historic district — Ciutat Vella — re is a moratorium that prevents new openings.

Valencia will also approve special plans for areas where activity begins to generate social conflict, such as districts of Ciutat Vella and l'eixample, or that have a particular architecture, such as Cabanyal, where many houses only have Ground floor and floor.

"We're going to regain control"

"With new regulations, city councils are going to regain control of urban uses and in Valencia we will put a very important barrier in order that phenomenon will not go furr in future," says Gómez. According to municipal calculations, 70% of tourist flats in Valencia infringe rules of PGOU, whose fulfillment will be verified from now before issuing municipal report necessary to accede to Autonomous Register. The councillor for sustainable economic development dismisses demanding fulfillment of General Plan to tourist flats that are already registered in register, a total of 4,441, to avoid generating "legal uncertainty".

The situation in Valencia, adds Gomez, where according to patronal Hosbec re are 5,500 apartments of this type that offer about 20,000 places — hotels add up to 16,200 — is far from alarming, except in some neighborhoods. "Our case is very different from that of Palma, y are a destination for sun and beach and y do have a saturation problem. Each city must adapt measures to its reality. "

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