This year the Spanish government are more thoroughly investigating holiday licences, making it compulsory to adhere to these strict rules.
In the past a holiday licence wasn’t necessary to rent out a property, however, since 2015 it has been made the law to have a holiday rental licence for all types of holiday accommodation rental in the Valencian Community.
What are the key rules for a rental licence in Valencia?
- You must obtain your general rental licence and display it on all property advertisements, failure to do so could result in a fine for the owner.
- You must register as a company (empresa) if you are renting more than 5 properties
- You must register each property individually if you rent between 2-4 holiday properties (you must display you general rental licence of advertisements)
What properties require a licence?
Each autonomous community in Spain has its own rules and legislation regarding holiday and short-term rentals. However, most regions will comply with the following requirements:
A licence is required for the following properties:
- Detached house for short-term rentals with hotel services (B&B)
- Apartments in tourist complexes
- Apartments in buildings where all properties are rented
A licence is not required for the following properties:
- Detached house with no rental service and cleaning only
- Apartments for rental over terms over 1–2 months
- Apartments that are not in tourist complexes
What if my property does align with the above requirements?
If your property fits the property requirements above then by law, you will need to obtain a holiday rental license.
We recommend starting the process as soon as possible in order to avoid any large fines in the future.
Requirements of the property for tourist rental in the Valencian community:
Once you have obtained a holiday rental licence then you will also need to make sure that you adhere to the following requirements according to the classification outlined in Decree 92/2009
(property on floor 2 & above)
(property on floor 3 & above)
(property on floor 4 & above)
|Sound & heat insulation||✔||✔||✔|
|Noise level of facilities||Regulated by Law 7/2002 on Protection Against Noise Pollution|
|Plug sockets in all bedroom with labels showing voltage||✔||✔||✔|
|Air conditioning in bedrooms||✔||✘||✘|
|Air conditioning in living rooms||✔||✔||✘|
|Heating in bedrooms||✔||✔||✘|
|Heating in living rooms||✔||✔||✘|
|Telephone or access to internet||✔||✘||✘|
|Swimming pool (interchangeable for beach front)||✔||✔||✘|
|Evacuation plan on the door of the property||✔||✔||✔|
|Easily visible list of emergency and other useful telephone numbers||✔||✔||✔|
|Min double bedroom size including wardrobe||12m²||10m²||8m²|
|Min main bedroom size including wardrobe||14m²||12m²||10m²|
|Min single bedroom size including wardrobe||9m²||8m²||6m²|
|Min size of living/dining room & kitchen||26m²||22m²||18m²|
|Min size of living/dining room||20m²||17m²||14m²|
|Bathroom or toilet||✔||✔||✔|
|Min size of bathroom||6.5m²||4.5m²||4.5m²|
|Minimum size of kitchen||8m²||7m²||5m²|
|Minimum size of studio apartments||34m²||29m²||24m²|
|Wardrobe for every bedroom||✔||✔||✔|
|Oven / Microwave||✔||✔||✔|
As an owner, you are also expected to have in place a specific rental insurance that covers public liability.
This is to protect the person staying in the property in case anything should happen to them or their belongings when staying at your property.
Declaration of income from rentals
Spanish homeowners which rent their properties out to tourists are expected to declare their earnings and pay any tax which is due.
This is not part of new regulations, however, the government have become increasingly strict on licences due to tax avoidance. The Spanish Government estimates there are around 2.9 billion Euros of undeclared income on holiday rentals each year.
Need assistance with your holiday rental licence?
For further assistance, fill in our online form on our tourist rental licence page and a member of team will be able to help you with your holiday rental licence.
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