Habtur's Joan Miralles in the centre.


The Habtur holiday rentals association has expressed its full opposition to drunken tourism. The association's president, Joan Miralles, yesterday responded to some media reports about drunken and bad behaviour in holiday rental accommodation, making it clear that this is something the association wishes to "eradicate".

Miralles explained that there have only been "isolated cases" but that this will not stop the association doing what it can to prevent rental accommodation being used for parties and drunkenness. Habtur has no wish to be identified with such behaviour.

Following the weekly meeting of the Habtur committee, Miralles said that the association's legal services will be working on establishing legal norms designed to eliminate "anti-social behaviour". He adds that he will be asking owners of properties with holiday rental licences who are members of Habtur to not accept bookings if there is "a minimum of suspicion" that these are being made by tourists who might cause problems.

He noted that the law does allow owners with rental licences to eject tourists if they cause trouble. Miralles continued by observing that there have to be rules and that if an owner does not abide by them and allows nuisance to others, the licence should be withdrawn.

In order that there are adequate procedures to deal with this problem, Habtur is seeking a meeting as soon as possible with the tourism ministry, police and the national government delegation.


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RBMM / Hace over 3 years

To Carly. You can't continue living like you describe. That's no quality of life. Document as much as possible. Bring that to the owners/AGM to give them a chance to do something about it. If they don't care about it you could contact the authorities. Why not ask Habtur for help.


Carly / Hace over 3 years

RBMM, if only life was that easy. The majority of owners are culprits, including the president. I feel my only route now would be to report to the authorities.


RBMM / Hace over 3 years

To Carly: Why do you accept such a horrible situation? Bring it up on your AGM and do something about it.


Carly / Hace over 3 years

For all of you that think touristic rentals are great. Do you actually live in apartments where you are kept awake every night? Have to get up every morning and clean puke off the stairs? Try a night staying at my apartment, see if you would tolerate it.


LyndseyWallop / Hace over 3 years

I do emphasize with you Carly and can understand your comments. It would suggest that different apartments in different locations may have very varying experiences. I have to be honest, I’ve never really experienced these problems with renters where we are - had a couple of owners get legless on occasions!!!! I do believe there needs to be regulations, and communities should also have their own code of conduct for renters - but an out and out ban is simply going to do too much damage to the local businesses. So, let’s hope a good compromise can be reached!


Carly / Hace over 3 years

There has to be a compromise here. I live/own a apartment where owners don't give a shit who they rent out to. Unlike hotels we do not have security to control the behaviour. These people are on holiday, why should they have to act like saints. The other side is that I am woken up at all hours, and they puke all over the stairs. But hey that's OK, because the owner is getting his tax free rent!!


Graham Radway / Hace over 3 years

With every breath they make us tourists feel less and less welcome.


Steve / Hace over 3 years

Ha ha what’s next daily breathalyzer!!


Steve, Palma Nova / Hace over 3 years

Yes, private rental owners must be certain that their guests will not behave badly. Just like hotel owners do......bull*s*it. When did private holiday rental tourists behave like those that stay in the hotels here, - you couldn't make this stuff up, it's a joke.....


Spanron / Hace over 3 years

Ojala !! If only I had unruly holiday tenants! If only I had permission to rent to them. If only I had that very expensive licence. If I did have all that - I would evict them myself anyway! And how are you supposed to know in advance how they are going to behave?