Tourist rental of rooms in properties is to be expressly prohibited in the Balearics.


The holiday rentals' legislation will prohibit the renting out of individual rooms to tourists. The draft of the law, presently at the stage of receiving submissions, states that contracts for rooms are not permitted and that different contracts cannot be entered into for the same property, i.e. there cannot be various tourists sharing the property.

This type of offer is commonly found on the internet; indeed it might be said that it was the sharing of rooms rather than whole properties which gave Airbnb its initial impetus. The tourism ministry has not quantified the number of rooms that are being advertised, the control of which, says Pilar Carbonell (the director of tourism), will not be easy. "But we will be intensifying our efforts in order to bring more exhaustive control."

One of the reasons given for outlawing the rental of rooms is the government's intention to apply quality standards. The tourism ministry has stated that holiday rental authorisation will not be given "at any price", as there is a determination to increase overall standards.

The straightforward sharing of accommodation, in the sense of individuals swapping it, seems unlikely to be covered by the legislation. The ministry says that this forms part of "the collaborative economy and has no financial gain". Which is true enough, although the government's stance sounds somewhat contradictory when it is also insisting that it wishes to get all tourists to pay the tourist tax.


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Henritta / Hace over 4 years

I have always known the Mallorquins live in a bubble. They really have not embraced change. I have just taken a 5 week holiday staying in 10 Air BnB rooms, staying in fabulous homes, being given great advice by the hosts, feeling part of the place. Out every day visiting restaurants, shops and coffee bars, adding to the economy. It is all to do with what they see as lost tax as they believe people will not declare their earnings. I am a single traveller so this style of holiday is perfect for me. In the U.K. you are allowed to rent a room out and £7500 of the income is not taxable. Hotels are now an outdated concept. Luckily for Pollensa they have many legalised Holiday Rentals however Calvia area will continue to struggle. Also the moaning about number of tourists is ridiculous, try Rome, Milan and Florence ..... tourists everywhere from the entire world. The Italians are also so much more friendly when you enter shops, coffee bars etc.


Steve, Palma Nova / Hace over 4 years

Further proof that they're running around like headless chickens to appease the powerful hoteliers. So they're going to close down all the hostals and pensions that that just let out rooms in Spain ? Right. If they were truly concerned about standards, they wouldn't ban them, they would put a checking system in place to maintain the quality of the rooms. Just like cars and MOT's. Trying to close them can be for only one motive, and it's becoming so very obvious.


Mike / Hace over 4 years

It's well known journalists are not very intelligent


Adriaan / Hace over 4 years

I think it is ok that a journalist gives his opinion in his/her own article, but he should not use words like "contradictory" when the two cases he mentions are not contradictory. Pretty sure that tourists who are swapping appartements, rooms or houses in a real collaborative way (contradictory to the Airbnb way, which is 100% commercial) have no problems with paying the tourist tax, which is used for environmental and cultural projects.