Tourism minister Bel Busquets yesterday held her first meeting with the national government delegate Maria Salom. An outcome of the meeting is that the delegation, responsible for security matters in the Balearics, will collaborate with the tourism ministry on registering users of holiday rentals. This registration was covered by last year's amendment of the Balearics tourism law and is now also required under national law for citizen security.
The ministry will provide a list of owners of licensed holiday rentals so that the security forces (National Police or Guardia Civil) can make contact with these owners in order to be able to register people staying in holiday rental accommodation in the same way as is already done for hotels.
Salom and Busquets both stressed the importance of this collaboration in order that the Balearic Islands continue to be a safe destination. "Security is of interest to everyone," said Salom. Owners who have already contacted the security forces have themselves been collaborating "in a positive way", she noted. There is an obligation on behalf of holiday rentals owners to provide guest information for security reasons.
She thanked the minister for her cooperation, adding that the National Police, the Guardia Civil, the Balearic government and the national government delegation all need to "have control over the people who visit us in order to maintain safe and secure islands".
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We have our villa licence , pay our taxes, pay VAT, tourist tax, supply passport number of head of party!! Now it appears there are more details to give to the Guardia. Hells bells it never ends.
Nice to see we are slowly getting to a legal, safe, hopefully responsible Holiday Lettings situation.
I would not be too cynical over this move. The use of Airbnb properties for pop-up brothels is now widely publicised and I am sure we would all applaud stamping this out. To live in a block with prostitution going on next door is not acceptable. As for improved security - again, a good move. With regard to the tax, it is obvious both in Mallorca and around the world, that many landlords do not declare rental income and this leaves the tax burden falling on the working population. Tourist tax is an issue that may come to bite them in the backside as many locations in the world which were off limits for a few years are now fighting back, with no tax, lower food and beverage costs etc. Mallorca has such a great potential in tourism but it continues to be poorly managed.