Newly passed governmental legislation will soon mean guaranteed better standards of accommodation for visitors staying in privately owned accommodation on the Costa del Sol.
After three years of waiting, Andalusia has announced its new regulation for the tourist accommodation in the Official Bulletin of the Andalusian Government (BOJA). The regulation of the rental property industry in Andalusia is long overdue and follows in the wake of similar regulations already implemented in regions such as Catalonia in 2014.
From May 2016 all rental homes must apply for a licence and adhere to certain quality standards. Whilst in the immediate short term this will make little difference to holidaymakers; within a year there will undoubtedly be a rise in overall standards to accommodate the new laws.
The check list of facilities that holiday homes will be required to have will include things like air conditioning in all living areas and bedrooms, Wi-Fi internet, pool safety measures and adequate bedding for beds. This can only be good news for holidaymakers.
As with any new legislation this will be looked upon by many of the current private renters/advertisers as creating expenses they could do without and also the potential taxation on their earnings. However, what it will also eventually do is go some way towards weeding out the private home owners/renters who simply wish to offer the cheapest deal they possibly can, with little or no regard for the standards they provide. All in all, standards should be set to rise
In Panoramic Villa’s view, as a company who already endeavours to drive these standards and be selective which properties we currently list, we prefer to look upon the legislation as a step forward which can only serve to breed a more secure feeling about holidaying on the Costa del Sol.