Tourism and Tourist Apartments

In recent years, thanks to the expansion of the Internet, the possibility of finding tourist apartments and accommodation has become easier, generating a growth in the use of real estate that is used for tourist purposes.

In the global context of growing demand of this model, a destination that does not have a wide range of tourist accommodation would be impaired, as demonstrates the fact that, according to official statistics, somewhere in the region of a quarter of foreign tourists would not come to Spain in the case there were not sufficient tourist lodgings and would choose in such a case another destination that had them in place.

Counter to the views of some business sectors, the business of tourist apartments and accommodation turns out to be complementary to the hotel industry, due to an absence of any economic decrease caused to the hotel industry due to the fact that they compete in the housing market.

With the coming into effect of the law 4/2013, June 4th, of flexibility measures and the promotion of the housing rentals market, that excludes the lease of tourist accommodation covered by urban rental law, defined as the temporary leasing of an entire fully furnished property on terms of immediate use, marketed or promoted with the purpose of making a profit, when subject to specific measures, derived from sectoral legislation, has sparked legal endeavour on the part of the autonomous communities, not always with a successful outcome.

Ius+Aequitas has been a pioneering office in our country when the time comes to defend the rights of owners and/or operators of tourist accommodation, rapid progressive development in our country, in which, as is common knowledge, the tourism and recreation industries have considerable importance.

The professionals at our firm work in close liaison with federations nationwide and with associations from the different autonomous communities that coordinate the majority of the properties and business in this sector, with an aim of improving the varying existing autonomic legislations, investigating possible legislation reforms, attending meetings with the relevant authorities, presenting detailed arguments on draft legislation, and in those cases where necessary, lodging litigation procedures regarding precepts of the autonomous decrees or municipal regulations that turn out to be seriously detrimental to business activities.

At the same time, our office offers a service spanning multiple disciplines to all manner of owners and businesses related to the tourist accommodation industry, advising them regarding compliance with urban and tourist legislation with respects to their properties, creating legal reports in respect thereof or making claims in proceedings with relevant authorities, with the added value entailed by close liaison with architecture firms who are specialists in terms of applying for and obtaining licenses.