Archive photo of Bel Busquets in the Balearic parliament.

15-03-2016Jaume Morey

Balearic tourism minister Bel Busquets confirmed yesterday that a sanctioning procedure against the online accommodation agency HomeAway was started last week. The tourism ministry is said to have notified the company on 28 March that it intends fining HomeAway 300,000 euros, the same level of fine that has already been imposed on Airbnb and TripAdvisor.

The reason for the fine is the same as with the two other platforms - non-compliance with Balearic holiday rentals legislation, and specifically a failure to include the required ministry registration licence number for all properties being advertised. HomeAway has fifteen days to respond.

Busquets said that the proceedings against Airbnb and TripAdvisor are "following their course". The government's legal services are currently studying responses from Airbnb, while TripAdvisor still has time to respond. She added that the maximum fine of 400,000 euros has not been imposed in any of the three cases but suggested that it would be if there is "recidivism".

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palmadave / Hace 7 months

Social housing rental tenants from Sa Gerreria report that they raise their rent to evict them. . Some tenants of the Official Protection buildings of Carrer del Forn de Vidre and Carrer de l'Hostal de Santanyí report that the property raises the rent, to force them to go out and to be able to allocate the apartments to the holiday rental. Today for the second consecutive day, we have once again seen people lugging in the buildings.

This is why we need legislation.

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LyndseyWhallop / Hace 7 months

I am also an owner, but I'm very sad to say that I've experienced more issues with noise etc from residents than I have with renters. The issue with renters may differ depending on the resort - I can only speak from my own experience. At least if you suffer noise with a renter you tend to know it will only be for a week, two at most. Ear-deafening TV's for 12 hours a day and dogs barking late into the night in residents apartments happens for 52 weeks of the year. However, in fairness I have not experienced renters consisting of groups of young people, or people who come home drunk & very late - if this was the case I would certainly be unhappy. I believe the the rental market should be controlled to ensure safety compliance and taxes paid, but the reality is if you live in a tourist area then you are likely to have tourists living nearby - no different to the UK holiday resorts.

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Mallorca Property Owner / Hace 7 months

The hotel lobby is too powerful and needs controlling. The rental market also needs controlling. Air BnB have caused havoc in many countries worldwide and need to be controlled. If all the property owners had to live next door to noisy rentals rather than consider their own greed, there wouldn’t be so many comments lauding an open rental market.

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Phil 67 / Hace 8 months

I'm on Majorca now for the Easter half term. The resort is as quiet as I have ever seen it in the last 12 years ( Easter is early this year I know) but that can't be the only reason. It looks to me that the rental fiasco is indeed having the desired affect. Less tourists and more empty properties for workers to live in. However the small business owners I've been speaking to say they don't need the workers as there's no work for them . Well done those in charge .

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Frances / Hace 8 months

To Anna Marie Payne. I googled "Maria Francesca Madariaga" and the name was used in what was probably a scam on Tenerife. Trip advisor forum users had posted about it .

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Garth / Hace 8 months

Mallorca is missing the Independent market that does not want to stay in a small hotel room with 1000 other guests.

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Anna Marie Payne / Hace 8 months

Can you help me please - does "Candelaria Villa - Carrer de sa Punta des Port" exist? And do you have any info on a Maria Francesca Madariaga - Amazing Holiday Villas Avenida del Comte de Sallent, 23 07003 Palma

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Mary / Hace 8 months

Only Villas have been able to apply for licenses. None existed for apartments, apart from some issued many years ago to commercial apartment blocks. Most of which are now privately owned and kept their old license. Many apartment owners have been trying to legalise short rentals for 15 and mor years. This is never mentioned in articles, nor is the fact that many villas have been waiting years for their applications to be processed, only to have it stopped. Now they have to start again. I read that up to 40,000 villas were waiting, now when the new license starts in June, only 30,000 PLACES ( that’s beds) are available to both villas and apartments. The other 10,000 are for the hotels.

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RBMM / Hace 8 months

Totally agree with Dick and Palmadave. Opposition against companies such as Airbnb, Homeaway, etc is worldwide. The sharing economy is great, but it needs to be controlled as everything else in our society.

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Palmadave / Hace 8 months

Slowly sorting out the unlicensed, unsafe, illegal lets...................well done.

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