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Spanish resort city to prohibit renting apartments to tourists

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Tourists crowd Palma de Mallorca’s Arenal beach in the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca

Palma, the Spanish resort city in the Mediterranean island of Majorca, has adopted a restriction that apartment will be not allowed to rent their apartments to travellers, becoming the first place in Spain to introduce such a ban.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that the limitation have been adopted after complaints from residents of rising rents due to short holiday lets through websites and apps and the Palma’s mayor has commented that the ban, to be introduced in July, will be a model for cities suffering with mass tourism.

Officials from the city’s local left-wing governing coalition cited a study, which found that the number of non-licensed apartments on offer to tourists grew by 50% between 2015 and 2017.

Meanwhile, Spanish daily El País was cited as reporting that only 645 of 11,000 holiday rentals being offered to tourists on Palma hold the licence needed to do so.


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