SEVILLE – Municipalities in Andalucia are now allowed, always in a justifiable way, to regulate housing for tourist use (VFT) through their urban plans. To this end, the regional government has published a new draft law for holiday homes.
Owners of this type of housing – holiday homes, tourist apartments, etc. will be required to install sound meters in their homes to monitor noise pollution and prevent problems with neighbours according to Malaga Hoy.
According to the same medium, the acoustic measure originates from the requests made by the mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre. He tried to install all these measuring devices last year but got stuck on a barrier of the lack of competencies.
Other rules in the new law
The draft, to which Málaga Hoy has had access, retains the option for Owners’ Associations to prohibit the establishment of holiday homes in their buildings.
In addition, the Junta de Andalucía protects professional property managers by allowing them to have more than two tourist apartments in their portfolio – the maximum number private owners are allowed to have in each province. For example, an owner could manage two tourist properties in Málaga and two more in Cádiz without breaking any rules. However, they could not own two properties in Torrox and two in Marbella as both are in the province of Málaga.
Minimum requirements for tourist accommodation
In addition, the law sets minimum requirements for housing tourists, such as ventilation and natural light, heating and air conditioning; a minimum of 14 square metres per pitch offered, as well as a minimum number of bathrooms per pitch – or the obligation to have a kitchen or record guests’ details, as is already done in hotels and tourist apartments.