Madrid will prohibit vacation rentals in homes without an independent entrance

In January of last year, the Barcelona tourist accommodation plan was approved, a milestone in Spain on how to control vacation rentals.

Now Madrid and Valencia are joining the control of tourist apartments. The capital will prohibit the vacation rental of flats that do not have an independent entrance. In the case of Valencia, the tourist apartments will be limited to ground floor and first floors.

The delegate of Urban Development of the Madrid City Council, José Manuel Calvo, presented this May 8 the draft of what will be the future Special Plan for the Implementation of the Use of Hosting in the Spanish capital. The plan, similar to the one that Barcelona established a year ago, aims to vacation rental in a way that decongests the center, where the offer is 6% compared to 0.54% on average in the rest of the districts, according to data from the Consistory .

The draft raises divide the city into four areas , according to the saturation of tourist offer: area 1, downtown district; area 2, historic center; area 3, surroundings and, 4, rest of the city. Zone 1 would correspond to the Centro district, zone 2 to Chamberí, Arganzuela and part of the districts of Salamanca, Retiro and the Argüelles neighborhood; Area 3 concerns the rest of the central almond and Puerta del Ángel, Príncipe Pío and Chamartín. Area 4 affects the rest of Madrid.

The main change they hope to introduce with this measure is the total prohibition of change from residential to tertiary use in zones 1 and 2, in addition to prohibiting any tourist dwelling in buildings for residential use, unless it has independent access, such as a hotel establishment. According to Calvo’s calculations, with this requirement “95% of the homes that operate as such will no longer be able to operate.”

While waiting for this draft to be approved by the municipal groups of the Madrid City Council, Last January, a moratorium was approved that included a suspension of the licensing of tourist accommodation (hotel establishments, hostels, hostels, apartments and other houses for tourist use). However, this moratorium does not affect those households that rent their houses for a maximum period of 90 days. In case of exceeding it, they would need a professional license.

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