Strong measures to combat unlicensed tourist accommodation
The municipal government is stepping up its efforts to identify and counter unlicensed tourist accommodation (HUT). Action involves new measures with a triple objective: to guarantee coexistence, the right to housing and a sustainable urban model.
How to detect illegal HUTs?
A team of twenty spotters will be responsible for personally checking if specific flats are being rented out illegally to tourists. This activity will include speaking to local residents and to tourists to obtain addresses of flats which may be operating without a licence. Action of this sort was already being carried out in the Ciutat Vella district and will now be extended to the rest of the city.
A specialist team has also been set up for internet research to identify unlicensed flats advertised online.
Inspections and fines
Last summer Barcelona became the first city to fine web platforms advertising illegal HUTs. To follow on from these measures, the team of inspectors working to ensure tourist accommodation complies with regulations will be extended. The core team will consist of 20 people, with 49 others working around the municipal area.
Fines of up to 600,000 euros may be given to websites advertising illegal HUTs and individuals renting out unlicensed flats.