Guide to buying property in Spain

Andalucia tourist rental law

New short-term holiday rental regulations

In February 2016, Andalucia passed its ‘Holiday Rental Law’ regulating tourist holiday rentals. With effect from the 12th May 2016 owners of rental properties are obliged to register. As with all Spanish legislation there are severe penalties for non-compliance with fines ranging from EUR2,000 up to EUR150,000.

The law applies to owners of residential properties either rented in their entirety or on a room by room basis to tourists on a short-term basis (ie days, weeks, month etc).

Andalucia Tourism Registry (ATR)

Properties must be registered with the Andalucian Tourism Registry. The ATR will issue each property with a unique alphanumeric code which by law should appear when advertising or taking bookings.


  • Licence of first occupation or similar as available from Town Hall
  • Rooms must be ventilated and fitted with blinds or shutters
  • Rooms must be appropriately furnished
  • Air-conditioning and heating must be installed in the living room and in all bedrooms (effective May 2017)
  • First aid kit
  • A booklet providing tourist and leisure information
  • A complaints book as well as a visible sign advising that a complaints book is available
  • Cleaning services,
  • Instruction manuals for kitchen & household appliances
  • Contact number to resolve any problems
  • The Price must include electricity, cleaning, bedlinen & towels etc

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