Palma becomes first city in Spain to ban the use of flats for Airbnb-style holiday rentals to tourists

Palma in Majorca is to become the first Spanish city to completely prohibit apartment rentals to tourists, in a crackdown on sites such as Airbnb that many say are driving up rents for locals. 

The mayor of the Balearic Islands capital said the ban, which will apply from July, was aimed at keeping Palma a “habitable city” and preventing residents being forced out by rising prices.

The move comes after a study found 20,000 unlicensed flat rentals in the city, a rise of 50 per cent between 2015 and 2017.

Antoni Noguera, head of Palma’s Left-wing city council, said it was a “brave” decision that he hoped could start a trend, and be a “benchmark” for Spain and cities across Europe.

Rents have risen…

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