What is important to know about Spanish housing regulations?

Here at Manzanares Lawyers, we’ve noticed more and more people are coming to us to find out more about how Spanish housing regulations work. After all, it is the sensible thing to do when looking to purchase or rent out a Spanish property – the laws of a different country can be difficult to get your head around.

People are normally intrigued by these regulations if they are looking to purchase a property that they can rent out to regular tenants, to use as a holiday home for themselves, or to let out to holiday makers throughout the year. This is a decision that is growing in popularity by the year, which is why we thought we’d give you more information on Spanish property law so you can make a better informed decision on what to do next.

Location is crucial

As with many Spanish laws, the location of its implementation is vital, as laws change to varying degrees throughout the country. There are 17 regions in Spain, all with slightly different laws, which can make things confusing if you don’t clue yourself up beforehand! Some of the most popular parts of Spain each have differing regulations, so it is important to trust a solicitors in Spain that specialises in your chosen area.

Here at Manzanares Lawyers, we specialise in the housing regulations of Andalucía, so if you are looking to buy a property in this region – in particular in the Costa Del Sol – you have come to the right place.

Looking to rent out your property to tourists in Andalusia?

If you have recently acquired a property in Andalusia, this should be registered with the local authorities as soon as possible, especially if you are looking to rent out your property on a short term basis, perhaps as a holiday home. Failure to do this could result in a hefty fine from the authorities, an extra fee that nobody wants! This is a fairly recent change, having came into effect in 2017.

This requires a legal registration allocation called a VFL (viviendas con fines turísticos) number. This confirms that your property is compliant with all of the laws required to legally rent out your home for holiday rental in this region.

Some of the regulations you need to meet in order to be able to rent out your home are:

  • Fitting of static air conditioning equipment in the living area and bedrooms if you are looking to looking to rent out your property in the peak summer months (May-September)
  • If you are looking to rent all year long, then you will need a heating system that keeps heat in during the off season months (October – April)
  • All bedrooms must have a way of ventilating to the exterior of the property, and all windows and doors should have a means of preventing light, in the way of curtains, shutters etc
  • The property should be made to adequately house the number of guests that you are advertising
  • The number of bed linen and towels should be provided for the guests that are staying, plus an extra set
  • Guests must be provided with tourist information of the area
  • Medical kits should be provided in case of emergency
  • A thorough changeover cleaning service should be offered in between guest’s stays (especially prevalent with the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • The landlord needs to have certain legal documentation of the property on file

How can Manzanares Lawyers help?

As you can see, there are some key considerations when you are looking to rent out your property to holidaymakers. If you require any help in making sure that your property meets all the required standards, then our conveyancing in Marbella experts can be of assistance. With our many years of experience in the field, we can give you peace of mind that your transactions are legal so you can get the most out of your property.

Contact us

So, are you interested in finding out more about Spanish housing regulations before you rent out a property in Spain? If so, the experienced and specialist legal team at Manzanares Lawyers, the reputable law firm in Marbella, can be of assistance. To get in touch with us and start proceedings today, simply fill out our online enquiry form or email us at clientservices@manzanareslawyers.com. Or, to contact us directly in Spain, call one of the following numbers to be put through to the relevant office.

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