Guest information will have to be registered with the state security forces.

18-05-2018

From 1 July, owners of holiday rental accommodation will be obliged to comply with national law and provide guest information to the National Police or the Guardia Civil. This requirement is one that hotels have long had to comply with, and the obligation for holiday rentals was largely motivated by security concerns.

There has previously been some anxiety about how this information is to be supplied. There has also been criticism of the system to be used. Fines for non-compliance can be as high as 30,000 euros, so the holiday rentals sector is holding meetings with representatives of the security forces in order to obtain exact information as to how owners need to proceed. The first of these meetings, called by the Fevitur federation of holiday rentals associations, was in Alcudia yesterday. The next one is scheduled for Manacor on 28 May.

The low end of potential fines - between 100 and 600 euros - covers issues such as incomplete provision of data. The high end from 601 to 30,000 euros is for failure to register. There is also the risk of a holiday rentals licence being suspended for six months or, in the case of a repeat offence, two years.

The registration corresponds with properties that are authorised by the Balearic tourism ministry, therefore data regarding licensed holiday rentals.

Meanwhile, the Habtur association (formerly Aptur) is criticising the Balearic government for the delay in introducing its promised legislation for all-inclusive hotels. It says that the government can be restrictive where rentals are concerned, but not with all-inclusive.

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John / Hace about 1 month

@Liz : https://www.illeslex.com/es/comercializacion-de-estancias-turisticas/

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Durruti / Hace about 1 month

@Liz: FRANCO ECONOMY

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John / Hace about 1 month

@Liz : https://www.illeslex.com/es/comercializacion-de-estancias-turisticas/

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John / Hace about 1 month

@Liz. Because it's a backward third rate democracy !

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Lizz / Hace about 1 month

John, Why sould I have to employ the expensive services of a solicitor to tell me something the government should be making clear to the population. It could only happen in this backward third rate democracy

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John / Hace about 1 month

@Liz. The hoteliers ARE the government. Also why are people asking the readers legal questions here, - it's easy enough to get the correct answers from a professional.

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Ged / Hace about 1 month

One thing I have noticed is that a number of the holiday apartments that are for sale, have had their prices reduced. It may be that Brexit together with the Mallorcan governments actions have some Brits fearing that the apartments they bought thinking they could subsidise the through tourism, may be looking to off load the apartments.

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Liz / Hace about 1 month

James, they the government, have clearly done a deal with the hoteliers. In return for the hotels collecting the tourist tax they are stamping out what the hoteliers see as unfair competition ie private rentals. The authorities know exactly who is passing through the airport when you hand over your passport ,so the registration is clearly to check up on holiday let’s. If I have friends from Mallorca stay with me in the UK I don’t have to register them with the police. I think it’s time people stood up for their rights and stopped being dictated to by this tin pot government

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RBMM / Hace about 1 month

To Bunyolaboy: where did you read that you have to pay tourist tax when you stay in a private home? That wasn't mentioned by MDB recently (https://majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2018/05/01/51735/tourist-tax-rates-from-may-october.html). Non-rental private home isn't included in their list.

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Bunyolaboy / Hace about 1 month

There seems to be some confusion about taxation of guests in holiday accommodation. It’s quite simple really, if you are a non resident and owner/s and you have if your friends or family stay in your property they are deemed tourists and will have to pay the tourist tax just like anyone staying in a hotel or apartment hotel. This means the you will have to check what band your property falls into, register their arrival and departure dates with the police and arrange to have the tax collected and paid regularly.

You do not need a licence to let your friends and family stay in your property as long as you have not advertised it as a “holiday rental”. If you do advertise it then you must have a licence and the number has to be clearly shown on your rental site.

Clearly though if your guests are recorded as are paying the tourist tax continuously throughout the summer you may draw attention from the relevant tax authority who may suspect you are renting through the “back door” and not declaring an income from an illegal holiday rental. Any income must be declared every 3 months on Form 210.

I have friends who are using the “Friends and Family” route to continue to receive much needed income to subsidise the cost of owning a property. All will say is if you choose this option there is a simple way a neighbour can report you if they think you are abusing the system.

I used to rent my property and hope in the near future I will be able to apply for a licence so I can not only maximise my investment but also once again contribute to the local economy.

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