Net closes on il­le­gal rentals

Spe­cial soft­ware to tar­get hol­i­day home let­ters who avoid pay­ing tax

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The re­gional depart­ment for tourism is de­vel­op­ing spe­cific soft­ware to tackle un­reg­is­tered and il­le­gal tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fered on­line, ac­cord­ing to coun­cil­lor for tourism Miriam Guardi­ola.

By Nuria Pérez THE RE­GIONAL depart­ment for tourism in Mur­cia is de­vel­op­ing spe­cific soft­ware to tackle un­reg­is­tered and il­le­gal tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fered on­line, ac­cord­ing to coun­cil­lor for tourism Miriam Guardi­ola.

Sra Guardi­ola noted that it will be ready in the com­ing months.

The soft­ware will mon­i­tor all hol­i­day apart­ments of­fered on web­sites such as Airbnb, Home­away and Wimdu, amongst many oth­ers.

The coun­cil­lor ex­plained that it will col­lect all de­tails in­clud­ing name and ad­dress of the prop­erty owner, ad­dress of the hol­i­day apart­ment, price and book­ings.

The depart­ment has also reached an agree­ment with the prop­erty reg­istry of­fice to pro­vide the de­tails of the prop­erty and the owner if they are not fully avail­able on the web­site.

She added that the depart­ment of­fi­cers are also ne­go­ti­at­ing with the web­site book­ing.com to pre­vent il­le­gal and un­reg­is­tered hol­i­day homes be­ing reg­is­tered in their pages.

Sra Guardi­ola said the soft­ware will al­low them to in­crease their mon­i­tor­ing abil­ity ten­fold and will make in­spec­tors’ jobs much eas­ier, along with their abil­ity to fine those who are break­ing the law.

She warned that own­ers of il­le­gal hol­i­day homes can be fined be­tween €1,000 and €10,000 in Mur­cia re­gion.

A to­tal of 166 il­le­gal tourist apart­ments have been sniffed out this year by in­spec­tors.

At the same time, 417 prop­er­ties have been reg­is­tered and are now fully le­gal, she added.

The coun­cil­lor stated that most of these il­le­gal let­tings are of­fered by pri­vate own­ers.

In­spec­tors con­tact them via email and text mes­sage to en­cour­age them to reg­is­ter the prop­erty.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the pro­ce­dure and reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able in the In­sti­tuto de Turismo de la Región de Mur­cia at Avenida Juana Jugán, 2 in Mur­cia city and on www.carm.es

Tourist apart­ments have to be reg­is­tered with the re­gional gov­ern­ment

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