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Ibiza’s capital BANS AirBnB – after rent rises force locals to sleep in their cars

IBIZA City Council has banned Airbnb and other holiday home rentals in the island’s capital ahead of the summer season. Everything from apartments to villas is included are included in the ba…

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IBIZA City Council has banned Airbnb and other holiday home rentals in the island’s capital ahead of the summer season.

Everything from apartments to villas is included are included in the ban throughout the municipality, due to a housing crisis that saw locals forced to sleep in cars last year.

 Ibiza City Council has banned Airbnb and other holiday home rentals in the island's capital ahead of the summer seasonAlamy Ibiza City Council has banned Airbnb and other holiday home rentals in the island’s capital ahead of the summer season

The council says that accommodation previously available for seasonal workers and professions like teachers is being snapped up now by tourists during the summer season.

The ban comes as authorities prepare for the busy summer season in the Spanish Balearic Islands.

Large numbers of workers were forced to live in overcrowded apartments with astronomically high rent prices or were living inside their cars.

Last summer, councillors in the nearby municipality of Santa Eularia des Riu brought in laws that banned short-term leasing websites, and now the other borough councils are following suit.

 Accommodation previously available for seasonal workers and professions like teachers is being snapped up now by tourists during the summer seasonAlamy Accommodation previously available for seasonal workers and professions like teachers is being snapped up now by tourists during the summer season

Councillor for tourism in Ibiza Town, Vicente Torres said: “The relatively recent arrival of online rental platforms has already created an unsustainable situation.

“What we saw in summer 2017 was not positive for anybody, therefore we want to see rented accommodation priced for long-term residents, not short-term tourists.”

AirBnB have responded to the news, saying that locals should be allowed to benefit from tourism as well as hotel owners.

A company spokesperson said: “”We want to work with officials in Ibiza on common sense rules that help local families benefit from tourism in their communities – not just hotels.

“Airbnb accounts for less than 5 per cent of visitors to Ibiza and boosts the Balearics economy by more than half a billion euros – money that typically stays with local families and business.”

According to AirBnB, the typical host in Ibiza shares their home for 38 nights and earns €7,500 a year.

 Large numbers of workers were forced to live in overcrowded apartments with astronomically high rent prices as a resultAlamy Large numbers of workers were forced to live in overcrowded apartments with astronomically high rent prices as a result

They also claim that Airbnb guests account for less than 5 percent of visitors to the island.

With Ibiza banning the rental of residential houses and apartments to holidaymakers, law changes have seen fines of up to €400,000 (£355,000) introduced.

However, the fines haven’t deterred home owners – who have continued to list their properties on Airbnb and similar sites.

 The news comes as the White Isle launches an unprecedented attack on the bad aspects of mass tourismAlamy The news comes as the White Isle launches an unprecedented attack on the bad aspects of mass tourism

Mr Torres said: “We have several ongoing cases against property owners and we will take this issue very seriously, because we finally have the framework in place to punish marketers.

“The problem will not be solved in a year and I fear that we will again see lots of people living in poor-quality tourist flats or living out of cars because of soaring rent prices.”

“We cannot continue to have shortages of doctors, teachers and tourism workers because home owners and these platforms insist on operating illegally.

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