Further reform of tourism legislation is to be considered by the Balearic parliament. Modifications of holiday rentals regulations that are scheduled for approval in the summer relate to properties that can only be rented out for a maximum of sixty days per annum. One is that it will be permitted to rent out bedrooms as opposed to whole apartments or houses. The other has to do with how the sixty days are to be used.
The tourism director-general, Antoni Sansó, says that it will not be possible to rent out for a few days or for alternate weeks; the letting will have to be for whole months. The owner of the property, the one who holds the DRIAT registration for tourist activity, will need to give notification as to which months. Once this is received, it cannot be changed. Properties falling under the sixty-day rule have to be the principal personal residence and never a second residence; all types of property are eligible - apartments or houses.
The stipulation of a month is, according to Sansó, for security and tax reasons. Once notification is given, the Tax Agency can then calculate how much tourist tax will be required; this varies whether it is in the main or low season. As for security, the names of tourists have to be provided to the police.
The sixty-day rule is to apply to newly licensed holiday rentals in parts of Majorca deemed to be saturated. These include specific resorts - Arenal (in Llucmajor), Magalluf, Paguera, Palmanova and Santa Ponsa - and certain towns such as Alcudia, Pollensa and Soller. Whether sixty days or all year, apartment rentals will need majority approvals from owners' communities.
This next round of reform is still dependent on the final version of the Council of Majorca's zoning map. This may be subject to alteration once there is approval of the PIAT plan for intervention in tourist areas. This is expected some time next month.
In Palma, where the town hall has been undertaking its own zoning separate to the Council of Majorca's, the results of this are anticipated later this month.
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