The local ministry for tourism has backed a proposal for owners of legal holiday accommodation for rental purposes to share information on guests with the police. The local ministry for tourism will be providing the police and Guardia Civil with information on all rental holiday accommodation. The local authorities were quick to point out yesterday that it was not a question of "Big Brother is watching" but more a case of having information, if necessary, on who is staying where. It is part of Spain's new anti-terrorism plan but it puts so-called illegal holiday rentals even further in the spotlight.

It could be argued that if you rent out your property illegally you are not only breaking local ministry for tourism laws it also flies directly in the face of the new anti-terrorism laws. I suspect that one of the reasons why the Balearic government was anxious to resolve the issue of illegal holiday rentals was because of the anti-terrorism legislation. Hoteliers have a similar agreement with the security services and will provide them with the necessary information on guests if required. Police officials said that the legislation was helping to make the Balearics safe. Over recent months the local ministry for tourism has been cracking down on illegal holiday accommodation and has even fined some of the big internet booking companies for listing properties which did not have the necessary paperwork from the local authorities.

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TG / Hace 6 months

Nothing wrong with keeping all of us and our families safe. Only those with something to hide would object.

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RBMM / Hace 6 months

Spanish tax authorities have 47 sources they can use. Facebook collects 98 personal data points, logged in or not. That is the society we live in.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

John P: not only in Mallorca.

You obviously haven’t read the latest news about the Grenfell tower block.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

The same rule applies to airlines and ferry companies. They have advised the appropriate authorities about who is onboard before they have boarded their passengers.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 6 months

Jason, not if required. They are obliged to inform the authorities on a daily basis about who is staying in their establishments. No if or buts.

The service providers ( power and gas ) are also obliged to hand over the consumption figures on a monthly basis. Having this information the authorities will know if the property is being used. This law is not new. It has been on the books for quite some time now, but up until now was never strictly applied.

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John P / Hace 6 months

It should be obvious to the politicians and police that long term rentals are the biggest threat to security.Anybody can take out a long term agreement and then the authorities assume that/ those persons are staying there. Guess what,they then sublet to the highest bidder for short term,terrorists accepted,and anti terrorism laws are not worth paper written on. Only in Mallorca!!

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Henry James / Hace 6 months

You and the Majorcan politicians have finally gone barking mad.

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Renter / Hace 6 months

Why only clamp down on holiday renters ? What about long-term renters ? I know from experience of property owners who insist on payment of rent, water and electricity in cash. I doubt very much that this income is declared to the Spanish Authorities.

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