Spain to restrict private holiday rentals

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A new law being debated in the Spanish parliament could mean that it will be illegal to rent out property through websites without the correct licence and approval by regional tourism authorities. Home owners will have to ensure their properties conform to regulations already imposed on hotels. 

The legislation has been called a “death blow” to a sector that contributes greatly to Spain’s economy and provides many struggling families with a lifeline at a time of economic hardship. But the number of tourists now choosing to rent accommodation privately instead of through hotels and registered tour companies, has alarmed hoteliers who have long felt that private renters pose unfair competition in the sector.

With more than 6.2 million people unemployed in Spain, many families survive by letting out one room of their house to tourists, or move in with relatives during high season to make extra money.

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