Immediate halt demanded on issuing of new VV licences in the Canary Islands

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 15-05-2024
  • National
  • Photo Credit: Atlantico Hoy
Immediate halt demanded on issuing of new VV licences in the Canary Islands

Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) Canarias has submitted a set of objections to the draft of the new Vacation Rental Housing Law, which, among other things, calls for an immediate halt to issuing new VV licences until the new legislation comes into force.

This is because there has been a huge increase in applications since the draft of the new law was announced and the legislative process started, with even more homeowners withdrawing "thousands" of houses and apartments from the long-term rental market in favour of holiday lets.

In a statement, the union specifies that another of its objections is to ensure that current holiday rental properties count towards the 10% proposed maximum of holiday homes allowed in an area, determined by the urban plans, "to prevent this type of accommodation from continuing to grow".

It also requests that the law distinguish more clearly between large and small property owners when applying measures and deadlines.

The CCOO urges that the criteria established to consider an area as “stressed” should be set as a limitation mechanism, regardless of whether it is declared “stressed” or not, as a necessary requirement when accepting more holiday rental properties.

The union also proposes that the memoranda required for obtaining a VV license, includes a maintenance plan for the properties and provisions regarding the minimum employment for cleaning, maintenance, or reception.

For the proper implementation of the Vacation Rental Housing Law, CCOO says that the number of staff is "essential for the challenge ahead, with necessary and sufficient means for inspection and enforcement of the new regulations”.