By Annie Dabb •
Published: 16 Jul 2022 • 13:42
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Catalan authorities also banned short-term private room rentals in 2021. The tumult continues as authorities in Barcelona have been deceived by around 500 “illegal” Airbnb unlicensed apartments.
Of the 500 apartments, 390 of them were found advertised on Airbnb, the San-Francisco based online platform which allows property owners to rent out all or part of their property to holiday makers, often for a cheaper price than a hotel or through a corporately owned apartment company.
Following the banning and removal of property advertisements considered to be “illegal” in June of this year, several of the properties were deleted and re-uploaded.
Janet Sanz, Barcelona’s councillor for urbanism, has urged “Airbnb to abide by the law in our city (Barcelona) and for them to stop publishing what is illegal as it is not doing any good to the city, to neighbours, not to tourists”, according to catalannews.com
In order for tourists to verify whether an apartment they have rented is legal or not, the city’s authorities have placed a bed in front of the city’s cathedral. Those who approach the bed will be directed to check online the legality of their accommodation.
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