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 âhabitable cityâ 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 Palmaâs Left-wing city council, said it was a âbraveâ decision that he hoped could start a trend, and be a âbenchmarkâ for Spain and cities across Europe.
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