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Spanish short-term rentals to be scrutinized by Owners Communities too

September 28th, 2018

shutterstock_4310665The Government of Spain wants to give neighbours vetting powers over short-term rental apartments. If the proposed law changes are finally passed, the quorum required in Communities of Owners general meetings to prohibit holiday rental activities will be reduced substantially.

Currently, the required quorum to vet short-term or touristic lets is unanimity; this wants to be changed for a minimum of 3/5 of the voting rights.

The law also wants to define what is a “season or holiday let” as opposed to a “short-term or touristic let”: some of the proponents want to establish a minimum of 45 days for a rental contract to be classified as a holiday let, below which they will be classified as short-term rentals.

This legislative ammendment could deeply impact property investment trends by creating clearly segregated short-term rental buildings or areas, separate from those neighbourhoods that choose to stick to exclusive residential use (by banning letting use).

Real estate agencies selecting properties for clients, and lawyers acting for them in the conveyancing process, would have to ensure what the specifications of each neighbourhood are in respect to potential statutory prohibitions to do short-term rentals.

We are eagerly awaiting further news on this proposed law change.

 

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Antonio Flores is the head lawyer at Lawbird, a Spanish law firm specialised in property and litigation. More on .

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