27/08/2014 – El Mundo
The City Council of Barcelona decided to put an end to illegal holiday accomodations. Thus, it started from the Barceloneta neighborhood, from which complaints about noisy and inappropriate behavior of drunk tourists have been flowing since long. Throughout 2013, 54 written grievances were sent to the City Hall, while year-to-date their number posts 109. 50 of them concern solely the month of August.
Spanish military police received an official authorization of searching for unregulated homes rented to tourists. When detected, their owners may pay fines of up to 9.000 Euros.
Some politicians claim the measures were taken ‘late and in an improvised way’.
In the last two days, there have been 154 inspections carried out in the neighbourhood which resulted in 24 notices of closure. Barcelona´s mayor Xavier Trias is wholeheartedly in favor of approval of the regulation on illegal tourist apartments, foreseen for October this year.
Translation: AURA REE