How to check if your vacation apartment in Barcelona is legal?
For about two years now, tourist flats in Barcelona have been growing in numbers. The main reason is the competitive prices offered for this type of accommodation, compared to a hotel room. For locals, it is becoming a true problem, because prices are skyrocketing, pollution in the city is increasing and the noise goes on until very late.
Due to rising demand, many citizens have taken advantage of this situation. Flat rental platforms have been set up for limited flats, which has allowed even more growth. What’s the downside of all this? The rest of the neighbors.
Downtown neighborhoods such as the Gothic quarter, the Raval or Born are the most demanded its privileged location. Therefore the nightlife has been extended from Monday to Sunday between 3 am or 4 am without exception. Before booking an apartment on websites like Airbnb or Homestay, we recommend you to do some checking first and read our tips:
Read reviews from other users
It’s becoming more and more common for users who purchase a product online to write their opinion in a public way to publicize its real characteristics. The demand for accommodation offered on Airbnb is entirely conditioned by the reviews from previous guests. Reviews can be a good clue to know if the accommodation is worth it or whether it has a tourist license.
The official record
The Barcelona City Council has obliged all licensed tourist apartments in Barcelona to communicate their activity in advance. This way, the town hall has a register of all the addresses for temporary rental purposes.
Check if the flat is registered on the website
Both residents and the city council have taken steps to suppress tourist flats that do not have a license to use them as such. Recently the City Council has decided to create a website where it is possible to report a suspicious apartment. We recommend you to ask the host about address before booking the apartment and check its legality.
If you have any other concerns about the place you are going to rent for the holidays, don’t hesitate to ask us and we’ll be glad to help! We’ve been dealing with the Spanish housing market for many years and we know it like the palm of our hand.