If you own a holiday home in the Marbella area, then you may have heard of the recent legislation passed in Andalucia, which states that all owners must declare if they are planning to rent out their property for short or long let. Renting your Marbella property out can yield an exceptionally lucrative income, especially in the peak season months.

Andalucia is the latest region to approve a very simple and free registration system, so that you can get your all-important licence number, which will allow you to use all of the online marketing channels available to you, in order to rent out your Marbella property.The registration system is due to open in May 2016 and once it is live there will be a three month grace period to complete the registration of your property.

Registering your Spanish villa for holiday rentals is a no-brainer, especially if you advertise your property online to attract bookings Many owners are too busy to set up and manage their own website and marketing strategies, so just like our clients we mentioned before they work predominantly with specialist rental agencies and listing sites to bring in bookings. But increasingly, these listing sites will only be able to advertise properties that hold a licence number, as we have seen with Airbnb and HomeAway in Catalonia, who faced big fines themselves from the Spanish authorities for continuing to advertise holiday rentals that were not registered.

If you own a holiday rental in another region of Spain, such as the Costa del Sol then bear in mind that properties with a license number are going to far out number those which don’t yet have one and they are also likely to attract more bookings, in giving tenants piece of mind that everything is legal. You will have a massive advantage over clandestine rentals in terms of customer confidence, quality and legality, so you can easily take a lion’s share of the market from guests who will book your place over the unregulated villa next door.

There is no need to panic at all about the new Andalusian decree, unlike some tabloid reports it’s there to protect owners and guests alike and it’s free and simple to register.


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