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Important news for landlords in Catalonia

If you own a property in Catalonia and are renting it to holiday makers for 3 months or less, you will now be obliged to get a licence from the town hall to do so.

By renting your property short-term, it will be classified as ‘vivienda de uso turístico’ requiring a licence to do so. The Catalonian Government are warning that if you don’t get a licence you will be at risk of fines of up to 90,000€.

Licences can be obtained from your local town hall and the local councils are able to decide the cost of this licence. Make sure you check with your town hall before taking bookings for next year. Catalonia includes the popular rental destinations on the Costa Brava and so this new law will affect a lot of foreigners who own second homes.

We have recently set up an office in Girona to help owners of property with property management Costa Brava, so please contact us if you need any help or advice on this new law.

Barcelona Airport announces rise in passengers

Despite the credit crunch and the fears for tourist locations, Barcelona has seen a large increase in passengers this October compared to 2009, with an 18% rise announced by Aena in November. 

There has been an increase in International passengers of over 22%, hopefully indicating that the gradual rise out of recession from Europe and the US is bringing more holiday makers back to Spain. Overall this year, there has been a 7% increase in passengers to the airport and hopefully the upward trend will continue.

Barcelona is a stunning city which is famous for its architecture, beach-side location and great culture. Visitors to the ever popular beach resorts of the Costa Brava also fly through Barcelona and travel North to their holiday destinations.

We are looking for owners of property on the Costa Brava to rent out for holiday rentals. Our partner Novasol have a high demand for Spanish rental properties, especially villas with pools, so please contact us by email at info@homecareontheweb.com or pop in to our Girona office to find out more about our Costa Brava rental management services.

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