Thursday, 24 April 2008

Barcelona tackles illegal tourist flats

As a measure to bring Barcelona's many and largely unregulated
"tourist flats" under control, the City Council has introduced new
regulations which are predicted to result in the closure of over 500
flats in the city centre now illegally rented out to tourists. Failure
to comply with new regulations by this summer could result in fines of
up to €30,000 and owners being reported to tax officials. Under the
new ordinance, even legal tourist flats could face fines of up to
€15,000 for failing to comply with complaints from neighbours. (Full
story in printed edition).