The Balearic government is plotting a massive crackdown on illegal holiday accommodation. The government plans to reduce the number of illegal or authorised places by 8.000 within the next five months, ahead of the May 29 elections. Tourism Minister Celesti Alomar says that his department is already working on the “process of eliminating accommodation which fails to comply with the legal requisites and also poses illegal competition to the general market.” The government first targeted the illegal market in 1999 and has been slowly but surely reducing the size of the illegal accommodation market. In association with the Tax Office, the Ministry for Tourism is confident that it will target as many as 7.902 establishments, from private flats rented out on the internet to alleged small hotels, before the end of May.

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