In the news recently was a report from Habtur. In it the organization estimates that direct losses from tourist rental amount to €100m and they calculate that the regulations “make it practically impossible” for some “20,000 families” to continue to rent their homes and second homes to tourists.
For Habtur, the negative effects of the law will also extend to restaurants, shops and supermarkets, so they calculate that income could come down another €900m per year. It is the kind of news story that most people expected and no one is particularly surprised. But Habtur is an organisation worth watching.
- It is the main association of holiday rentals in the Balearic Islands; a union of owners, that together, work to defend owners’ rights and promote a new, more sustainable model that benefits the whole of society.
- It gives institutional representation, promoting owners interests and defend a new tourism model.
- It provides information and advice on both legal and administrative matters.
- It also participates in reports and studies and generates all news related to the sector.
- What’s really interesting is the organisation’s plan going forward. Its campaign “Towards Integrative Tourism” aims “to emphasize the importance of tourist rent for a better distribution of wealth,” explained Habtur President Joan Miralles.
Essentially this is a group that is actively opposing a law that affects everyone, from property owner to bar owner to holiday maker. What’s more you can get involved by becoming a supporter and/or a partner. Visit the website www.Habtur.com for more information.