Net closes on illegal rentals
Special software to target holiday home letters who avoid paying tax
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