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Holiday Rentals Advice -  Holiday Rental Registration SYSTEM

The registration of tourist holiday rental accommodation by owners is compulsory in Andalucia. The special regulations for tourist rental accommodation (BOJA Decreto 28/2016) came into force in  February 2016. The registration process whilst compulsory is still ongoing several years later.

They stipulate that holiday rental accommodation must be registered with the regional government. The registration number takes the form      VFT/GR/-0999   where the middle letters ar the two letter code for the province.

From the holiday renter's point of view an apartment or villa with registration number demonstrates that the owner is following the correct procedures. Whilst there is no specific additional protection in  the event of a dispute the registration clearly demonstrates the purpose of the rental.  

The Hotel industry have campaigned for holiday rental apartment to follow similar regulations to that of Hotels. On line holiday rental booking webites are also required to send reservation information to the tax authorities.  

The regulation stipulate formally what property owners are obligated to provide for their guests.

Here is a list of the new rules, some of which are more specific than others.

A property is defined as accommodating a maximum of 15 people, with up to four in each room. Access to tourist accommodation cannot be denied for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion, or other personal or social circumstance

Each property must offer the following:

Practical equipment:

  • Sufficient equipment and furnishings for immediate use, according to how many people are being accommodated.
  • Bedding, towels and household goods in general, as well as spare sets.
  • Air-conditioning units in all bedrooms and communal lounge areas to provide cooling (if rented from May to September) and heating (October to April). Owners have one year to comply with this; properties are exempt when classified as "of Cultural Interest" and modifications and/or building work is prohibited.
  • Fully-stocked medical kit.
  • Direct external ventilation or via a patio and a window-shading system (darkening the windows either by blinds or curtains).

Support and information:

  • Rules regarding use of facilities, whether pets are allowed, restrictions for smokers, and areas of the property where access is restricted.
  • Instructions for electrical appliances.
  • Information (either in paper or electronic form) about nearby shops, restaurants, parking, medical services, public transport.
  • Official Complaints book and sign (on wall).
  • A contact number to answer questions or issues regarding the property.

Additional points:

  • Car parking facilities (if offered) should be within 300 metres of the property, otherwise the owner must provide free parking
  • The property should be cleaned prior to the arrival, and after the departure of new customers


  • All holidaymakers must present their identification document (passport or NIE) on arrival at the property. The homeowner must register this data with the national police. (This is legal requirement and has been undertaken by hotels for many years.
  • Arrival and departure times will be agreed by the homeowner and the renter, otherwise the arrival time will be at 16:00 and departure time at 12:00.
  • The advertised price must be per night (no minimum stay) and must include water, electricity, cleaning and bedding.

This is a concise version - for the full law, see here.