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The regulation on apartments and dwellings for tourist use must defend users, respect neighbours and ensure free competition

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Conference on the new regulation of apartments and dwellings for touristic use

The regime for the regulation of apartments and dwellings for tourist use "is far from being clear, despite what would be advisable, and the most appropriate would be for the Administrations with regulatory powers on the matter to agree on the definition of a regulation that could, at the same time, defend users, respect neighbours and ensure free competition".

This was highlighted by the partner director of the area of Public and Regulatory Law of Andersen Tax & Legal, José Vicente Morote, during the conference on the new regulation of apartments and homes for tourist use in Madrid organized by the firm, which was attended by the Director General of Tourism of the Community of Madrid, Marta Blanco, the Councillor for Sustainable Urban Development of the City of Madrid, José Manuel Calvo, and also partner of Andersen Tax & Legal, Antonio Ñudi.

During the event, the legal debate that the different local and regional governments confront, which tries to regulate this alternative to traditional accommodation that began as a response to the demand for collaborative commerce in times of crisis and has become a business that moves hundreds of millions of euros each year, was addressed.

The Councillor for Sustainable Urban Development, José Manuel Calvo, referred to the percentages of tourists per inhabitant in different areas of Madrid and said that the goal is to achieve a mixed city to maintain a stable population by combining the fabric of the neighbourhood with tourism.

For her part, the director general of Tourism, Marta Blanco, recalled that the Community of Madrid was the first to regulate the tourist use of apartments and homes in 2014 and that now the reality has changed and must be changed. As for the new proposal, she listed important considerations contained in the decree, such as the certificate of suitability of housing, maximum accommodation capacity or civil liability insurance, among others, and said she seeks a realistic approach, with a vocation for permanence and to ensure legal certainty.

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