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Madrid becomes latest Spanish city to propose crackdown on Airbnb-style holiday rentals with rules that could ban 95% of listings from the capital

  • Proposed legislation wants to place strict new rules on holiday home rentals 
  • Apartments would not be able to be rented out for more than 90 days of year 
  • Airbnbs in the central zone will have to have entrances for tourists and residents
  • Officials in Madrid believe the plans will tackle 'mass tourism' and rising rents  

Madrid has become the latest Spanish city to propose a crackdown on Airbnb-style holiday rentals with new rules that could ban 95 per cent of the listings from the capital.

The proposed legislation wants to place strict new rules on home rentals, especially in the city's historic centre, in a bid to tackle 'mass tourism'.

Locals in the Spanish city fear they are being priced out of rental accommodation in Madrid due to short holiday lets that travellers are booking through websites and apps.

Madrid, pictured, has become the latest Spanish city to propose a crackdown on Airbnb-style holiday rentals with new rules that could ban 95 per cent of the listings from the capital

Madrid, pictured, has become the latest Spanish city to propose a crackdown on Airbnb-style holiday rentals with new rules that could ban 95 per cent of the listings from the capital

And now Madrid's secretary for sustainable urban planning, Jose Manuel Calvo, has announced the drastic measures to encourage 'responsible tourism'.

According to The Local, the plans include 'preserving residential use of buildings, putting a stop to permanent use (by tourists) and replace it with temporary, thus preventing housing from becoming accommodation exclusively for tourists.'

This means that apartments cannot be rented out to tourists for more than 90 days of the year and that entire apartment blocks cannot solely be used by tourists.

Meanwhile in Madrid's central zone, holiday rentals on Airbnb and other websites,  will need a designated street entrance for tourists and a separate one for permanent residents of the building.

The plans for Madrid come just days after fellow Spanish city Valencia, also proposed restrictions on Airbnb.

Officials in the city, on Spain's eastern coast, want to ban private holiday rentals over first floor level.

This would mean holidaymakers would be unable to rent apartments that have sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, while in the historic old town, any new rentals will not be allowed.

The aerial view over the city of Madrid showing the royal palace. The city has become the latest in Spain to want to crackdown on Airbnb rentals 

The aerial view over the city of Madrid showing the royal palace. The city has become the latest in Spain to want to crackdown on Airbnb rentals 

Meanwhile, last month, Palma on the holiday island of Majorca announced it was set to impose an outright ban on holiday rentals.

The island's capital will be the first in Spain to bring in the ban, which will come into force from July.

The ban comes just months after it was announced that Majorca, as well as Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are to ban home owners from renting out 'space in flats on websites such as Homeaway and Airbnb without a licence'.

People face fines up to 400,000 euros (£360,000) if they do not first obtain a licence.

The rental sites could also be fined if they are found to be carrying adverts from unlicensed clients. 

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