The Madrid Aloja association warns that the Madrid City Council’s decision to retroactively limit tourist flats to ground floors and first floors would mean eliminating eight out of every ten accommodations that operate in the city.
In addition, the Association highlights that this limitation will have a direct impact on the growth of Madrid’s GDP since it puts at stake around 1,450 million of the more than 1,800 million euros that these homes inject , also acting as an economic stimulus for local commerce, according to a survey carried out among its members after the first changes in the urban regulations of the General Urban Development Plan were known.
Each guest spends more than 550 euros per stay , of which six out of ten euros are in stores near the place of accommodation, according to the VI Barometer of Vacation Rentals of the University of Salamanca.
While waiting for the document to be known, which will be subject to public consultation during the next three months, the association considers that the requirement to have the authorization of the Community of Madrid and the municipal license means erasing the thousands of tourist apartments at a stroke. that have been operating for eight years (with responsible declarations required by CAM Tourism) and allows the indiscriminate entry of new actors whose know-how is yet to be demonstrated.
Madrid Aloja recalls that the experience and good work of the majority in the urban holiday home sector has placed Madrid as the fifth European city with the highest number of reservations – with 8.3 million nights booked through the main platforms (Airbnb, Booking, Expedia and Tripadvisor) – , according to Eurostat.
Madrid Aloja recalls that she is the first interested in regulating urban vacation rentals since last June she transferred to the council a battery of measures to restore legal security to the sector and guarantee coexistence with neighbors. Among them were a census with a system of limited places -according to objective criteria- but dynamic, to guarantee healthy and sustainable growth.
The association insists that isolated cases of poor neighborhood coexistence cannot be generalized and make them pay just for sinners. According to the 2019 Madrid City Council’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Public Services Survey, only 3.5% of citizens recognize it as a problem, a much lower percentage than others such as cleaning streets (36.3%), air pollution (24%) or traffic and traffic jams (16.5%).
“We see with good eyes that the requirement that homes have independent access, different from the portal, has been withdrawn, clarifying the future of the sector. But it would go against common sense to ban those that already existed since the regulations that are made are to regulate them and not to bury them. The retroactivity of this measure would be a time bomb for a key economic sector for the region and for the projection of Madrid as a first-rate tourist destination “, said the president of Madrid Aloja, Adolfo Merás.