Authorities tackle illegal holiday rentals including the use of 'containers'

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 23-01-2024
  • Fuerteventura
  • Photo Credit: Ayuntamiento de La Oliva
Authorities tackle illegal holiday rentals including the use of 'containers'

In response to a pressing issue plaguing Fuerteventura, the Canary Island authorities have united their efforts to address the illegal holiday rental market. The government, along with the island's Cabildo and municipal administrations, convened to take decisive action against the unlawful occupation of rural land.

The problem extends to the unauthorised use of caravans, prefabricated houses, and even shipping containers repurposed as tourist accommodations.

Illegal Rentals Pervade Across Major Municipalities

According to reports from COPE radio, the majority of municipalities in Fuerteventura are grappling with this issue, with La Oliva, Puerto del Rosario, and Tuineje being particularly affected.

The first instances of these illegal rentals date back to 2015, nearly a decade ago. However, in the last couple of years, the problem has escalated significantly. Presently, there are approximately 300 ongoing punitive proceedings, and violators may face fines of up to €150,000.

Collaborative Measures to Combat the Issue

Recognising the gravity of the situation, the Canary Island authorities are taking collaborative steps to curb the proliferation of unauthorised holiday rentals. The use of shipping containers as makeshift accommodations has raised concerns about safety, environmental impact, and adherence to regulations.

The joint efforts of the authorities aim to establish stricter measures to discourage and penalise illegal activities in the tourism sector.

Rising Concerns and Stringent Penalties

The authorities are particularly alarmed by the growing prevalence of these makeshift holiday rentals and their potential adverse effects. The fines proposed, reaching up to €150,000, underline the seriousness with which the government is approaching the issue.

The decision to crack down on illegal holiday rentals reflects a commitment to safeguarding Fuerteventura's natural beauty and ensuring that tourism development adheres to legal and environmental standards.

As the authorities intensify their efforts, residents and tourists alike await the outcomes of these measures, hopeful for a resolution that preserves the integrity of Fuerteventura's rural landscapes while maintaining a sustainable and legal tourism industry.

Authorities tackle illegal holiday rentals including the use of 'containers'