Rental Law

Since May 2016 anyone advertising their holiday home as tourist accommodation in Andalusia is required to register with the Junta de Andalucia (Andalusian government); bringing it in line with many other regions in Spain.

Officially known as Decree 28/2016 (viviendas con fines turísticos), Andalusia’s holiday rental law makes it compulsory to obtain a VFT number prior to entering the rental market. So how do you go about registering? And why is it so important?

What is a VFT number?

A VFT is a legal registration number that confirms a rental property is legally compliant with Article 7.1 of the Andalusia Touristic Laws.

Who requires a VFT number?

Anyone planning to advertise and rent out their property on a short-term basis – maximum 60 days – to paying guests will need to obtain a VFT number.

Requirements to register a holiday rental

The minimum requirements to register a short-term holiday rental in Andalusia are as follows:

  • You possess an occupational licence and satisfy all the necessary quality standards for housing.
  • Your property has blinds/curtains to darken windows, and you have a ventilation system in place.
  • Your property has all the necessary furnishments for instant use.
  • Unless your building is “grade listed” or officially considered that of “cultural interest”, all bedrooms and living rooms should have air conditioning if in use from May to September, and heating in use from October to April.
  • You have a first-aid medical kit which is fully loaded.
  • You offer some information and guidance regarding the local facilities, such as medical services, shops, etc.
  • You have a complaints and comments journal available.
  • The property is cleaned every time before the arrival of a new guest, and after such guest leaves the premises.
  • You supply various household goods such as bedsheets, toilet paper, towels, etc.
  • You leave your contact number with the guests in order to answer any property-related questions.
  • You provide adequate instruction manuals regarding the use of electrical equipment.
  • You inform the guests regarding the rules on your property with smoking, pet policy, etc. 

How to register

Unless you have an electronic signature (firma electrónica) – in which case you can complete the whole process online – you will be required to complete the online registration form, print it off and present the completed form at your regional tourism department, or submit it via the post office (correos).

Inspection process

Having been registered on the Guardia Civil (police) and Junta de Andalucia systems an inspection of your property will be carried out during the application process. If your property does not meet the structural requirements of the decree, e.g. you do not have air-conditioning or heating, you will be given one year to ensure the property is fit for rental.

Upon successful inspection of your property you will be assigned the all-important VFT number; allowing you to rent out your property in accordance with the relevant legislation. The whole process should take between one and three months from submitting your registration form.

Why is the new Decree so important?

This change to the Andalusia tourism laws aims to reduce income tax fraud in the local rental market. It is hoped that by registering rental properties and issuing what is essentially a licence to rent the local authority will be able to monitor the huge number of landlords in the region more effectively.

The new system should provide greater clarity around how authorities define a short-term rental property. A previous lack of clarity enabled many landlords to avoid complying with the law.

Requirements to register a holiday rental

The guest experience is one of the key pilars for a succesful holiday rental project. Not only do you hope your guests will come back some day, you also want them to speak good about you. Their opinions will make future guests decide for your place!

Looking after our guests is our top priority and we take great care of this. Communication has to go smooth and responses to queries need to be instantly. We enjoy a personal touch with our guests and we love to tell them about all the great stuff to do and visit in Tarifa. We also want to make them very comfortable and do our best to make them feel home with little details such as a welcome package.

Testimony that we do all of this pretty well are the opinions and ratings we have received from our guests over the years. At Airbnb we have held the SuperHost status ever since we started. All of this contributes greatly to our succes, but it also fills us with pride; we simply enjoy this aspect of our business the most.

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