Malaga city is going to regulate Holiday Rentals through a new General Plan for Town
Malaga is going to take the road already taken by cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian, Mallorca and Bilbao, and is preparing an initiative to regulate and limit in some way the ‘boom’ of tourist housing experienced in recent years. As this newspaper has learned, the extent to which the municipal government team works is a modification of the General Plan for Town Planning (PGOU) so that it is included in its regulations the definition of the concept of housing that is rented for a purpose tourist. This type of accommodation is defined in the rules of the Junta de Andalucía, but not in those that regulate the urban uses of the town halls, and it is in this way that the Malaga Consistory wants to start acting to regulate the uncontrolled proliferation of tourist apartments.
What is being proposed by the Municipal Management of Urbanism is the modification of Article 6 of the PGOU, in which residential uses are collected, so that the houses are differentiated into two types: permanent accommodation and temporary accommodation. Within this second classification, the houses that are offered for rent with a tourist use would be framed. They would not be included in this new type of housing for temporary accommodation with a tourist use the groups of tourist apartments (which have their own regulation), or rentals of more than two months, among others.
This modification of the PGOU to regulate the tourist use of the houses of Malaga is the base on which the government team plans to base additional mechanisms to limit its proliferation in certain sectors of the capital, depending on the evolution of the market.
To consultations of Marbellabreaks.com the councilman of Planning of the Territory, Francisco Pomares, explained that the Local Government Board will approve “shortly” that the Planning Department of the Planning Department put in place the procedure of this variation of the regulations of the PGOU, for which it is foreseen to create a work table in which entrepreneurs and neighbours participate. “We have the mandate of the mayor to advance this issue and we will listen to all neighbours find a middle ground,” he said.
The action of Urbanism in this case takes the witness of analyzes carried out by other municipal bodies, such as the Observatory of the Urban Environment (OMAU) and the Ciedes Foundation, in which the need to carry out some type of regulation has been highlighted. tourism housing to avoid the pernicious effects of its spread, such as the rise in the price of rents that is significantly hindering access to housing for families who want to establish with the lease.
Also, Urbanism has found that this phenomenon is not exclusive to the Historic Center, but it extends to many other neighborhoods in the city, such as the eastern coastal area, where there has been a notable concentration of this type of accommodation in the studies carried out by the OMAU. Hence, opting for a regulation that covers the whole city, by means of the modification of the PGOU regulations. However, the approval of this change will involve a complex process, which could last more than a year, and in which other agencies such as the Andalusian Government should issue their corresponding reports on the matter.
The case of Seville.- The path that is going to take the City of Malaga is very similar to the one already announced by the Consistory of Seville, which also prepares a modification of its PGOU to establish a specific category for tourist flats; and an ordinance that determines the criteria, the technical requirements and the areas where such use can be developed, although the limitations established by that document will be determined by the rules of free market and free competition. In the case of Seville, these measures are accompanied by a citizen consultation.
According to data from the Tourism Registry of Andalusia as of last September, Malaga has 4,015 tourist homes that offer 20,191 places, twice the number of hotels. Studies of the OMAU have highlighted that, at the same time as a boost to the economic activity of the city, this type of accommodation also has negative effects such as the increase in neighborhood noise complaints and the deficit in the supply of rental housing of long duration, with the consequent increase in prices.
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