It is only comparatively recently that the various Spanish Autonomous Regions have introduced tight rules for rentals, especially holiday rentals. It was necessary to ensure the high standard now expected by tourists. Many places which were advertised had no basic amenities such as air conditioning or ceiling fans. Some had no natural light in bedrooms and fell below the expected safety criteria. Today, we explore the major rules for rentals in Spain.
The Canary Islands tourism authority claims the islands have the ‘best climate in the world’ – and it is hard to dispute. They get an average of 21°C year-round, and over 2,800 hours of sunshine a year. That’s over 1,400 more than the UK! You can see why this area is so popular with expats, especially when you add in the island lifestyle: easy access to the beaches and sea and plenty of fascinating towns and villages within a short drive wherever you are.
Spain’s smaller cities scattered throughout the peninsula, offer a more tranquil, “liveable” lifestyle than some of the costas and bigger cities. The properties are usually more affordable too. Read our guide to seven liveable and loveable, and slightly smaller cities.
It’s property buying season in Spain. This is the time when, for our readers who have been planning a new life in Spain for many years, the dream really begins to take shape. But it is also a time when those nagging worries about spending so much money abroad become more real too. We spoke to leading Spanish lawyer Raquel Perez. She explained your legal need to knows to protect yourself as you step onto the plane for your viewing trip. Don’t leave home without reading it!
Many of us plan to help pay for our property in Spain via the new “sharing economy” of online sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. New rules are making this more difficult, but in the end it should be good for Spain’s tourist economy and all property owners.