Andalucia along with many other Spanish autonomous regions, Andalucia finally published its regulatory holiday rentals decree on 11/2016 and the law became operative in may the same year. The law basically obliged thousands of homeowners to register their property declaring it as a rental holiday property. On behalf of Rafleys we have prepared a small guide to help you follow the process and familiarize you with the necessary steps to take. It is vital, that you do take the responsibility to register your property. Fines were soaring high back in 2016 and up to today. So owning a rental business is also a lot of responsibility!
How to register your holiday rental and where to present it in Andalucia!One way to register your property if you do not have the time to deal with the physical paperwork is to get your property registered online! You can easily get the registration done by going to the following link online registration form and choose the option for “Declaración responsable para el acceso o ejercicio de la actividad”. Once you complete that form you could either present it at a local office of Delegaciones Territoriales de Cultura, Turismo y deporte If you are a foreign homeowner living in Spain, you can also entrust your lawyer to present it on your behalf. Along with your application form, you will need to take the below papers with you.
- Property cadastral reference document ( this can be found on your contract of purchase Escritura in Spanish or in your IBI tax receipt).
- The license of the first occupation ‘Licencia de Primer Ocupación’ or “Cedula de Habilidad”Your NIE and your Passport
- A confirmation of your legal address where notifications and post mail can be delivered
The Inspection ProcessWhen you take your paperwork to the local office of Territorial Delegations of Culture, Tourism and Sports an inspection of your property will follow as part of your application process. The representative on your application referred in the form of Declaración responsable para el acceso o ejercicio de la actividad” will then be contacted to confirm an inspection date. Whether it’s you, your legal representative or an agency, make sure you’re available to schedule the inspection visit. Your property will need to meet the structural legal requirements such as air conditioning/heating conditions. The inspector will also check your paperwork i.e. Licence of First Occupation, Title Deeds, etc What properties could be qualified as properties eligible for touristic occupation? Properties situated/built on residential plot could be perspective properties for touristic occupation as a general rule of thumb! However, we could furthermore differentiate into two categories the properties
Minimum criteria to register a holiday rental in AndaluciaFor the summer season * which lasts between like May to September you need to make sure the apartment is air-conditioned and between October and April, it must also be fitted with a heating system with a temperature maintained at 19 degrees Bedrooms should have curtains or shutters for obscuring the window light Linen and towels must be provided and an extra set added for the guests The apartment/accommodation needs to be adequately furnished to host the guests Pre and Post stay cleanings in between the guest switches are mandatory. It’s up to you to offer extra cleaning services during the stay A medical kit should be available in the accommodation. Tourist information such as nearby facilities and amenities should be provided to all guests facilitating their stay Rural Tourist Accommodation Housing Houses and properties located in more natural rural zone set, by a river, in the countryside, a forest or a farmland etc. Standard Touristic occupation properties Any coastal properties situated within a village or town with more than 20K can be classified into this category as such. Touristic occupation properties have two options for occupancy/registration: Whole house renting, which means you can host up to a maximum of 15 guests and they need to book the whole property. Room renting: in this second case you must yourself be living at the declared address and rent your apartment/house rooms.Maximum number of guests should be at 6 and if you are going for this category, you’d need to present your certificate of registration when you apply for your Licence of First Occupation (Licencia de Primera Ocupación) If you want to offer any extra services such as:
- Daily changing of bed linen.
- Daily changing of bath towels.
- Daily cleaning of property/room.
- Room service (food and beverage), catering.
- Bed & Breakfast.