Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Palma goes ahead with ban on holiday rentals

Palma has gone ahead with its plans to ban flat owners from renting out their accommodation in the city.

The ban, which comes into force in July, follows complaints from locals about over tourism.

Palma's mayor believes the move will be a model for cities suffering with mass tourism.

"Palma is a bold and decisive city," said Mayor Antoni Noguera, according to reports in Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"We agreed on this on the basis of the general interest, and we believe that it will create a trend in other cities when they see that finding a balance is key."

It comes after studies showed the number of unlicensed tourist apartments in the city rose 50% between 2015 and 2017 to 20,000 units.

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  • Well Done Palma

    Well done Palma in implementing this ban as now perhaps locals will be able to afford a place to live in their own city. In the beginning, the idea of being able to rent out property that you own sounds like a winner but then once the investors move in property prices go up forcing an increase in rents that local workers cannot afford thus creating a social problem on the island. I for one am happy to stay at an establishment that I know have been inspected for safety and where my security has also been taken into account. I have also stopped using UBER while in Mallorca preferring instead to use a taxi service to get from the airport to where I will be staying. These alternative economy gigs may work well in the USA but in Europe, they are maybe not the right way forward.

    By Mark Finlay, Friday, May 11, 2018

  • And rightly so.

    Well done Palma. As for Peter Mannell~´s comments, the locals won't think much of it if they have nowhere to live. Because of holiday lettings rents have increased over 60% here and the normal workers cant find accommodation they can afford. Controlled, and taxed, holiday rentals wouldn't be a problem, but as they are neither, the only way for the present is to stop it happening. Have owners who wish to let request a licence and jump through all the health and safety loops hotels and complexes have to.

    By Elaine Molyneux, Monday, April 30, 2018


    Venice and many other Med cities have seen rents soar and locals suffer due to this recent surge in BNB transactions .This affects hotels and licensed properties immensely and in turn has damaging effects on the tourist business. The tourists will always come and will need somewhere to stay.Let's hope other cities have the same courage and follow suit.

    By Michael Edwards, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • I guess

    With that AND the tourist tax, Majorca should manage to reduce tourism. I wonder what the locals, whose jobs depend on tourism, think about it?

    By Peter Mannell, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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