Ibiza is banning Airbnb

Ibiza is bringing a new law into effect in time for this summer which will ban Airbnb and other tourist rental platforms, reports .

The City Ibiza Council has voted to prohibit the rental housing to tourists throughout the district the White Isle it governs.

Villas, townhouses and flats in multi-storey buildings are all now forbidden for tourist rental.

The ban follows the City Council the Santa Eulària des Riu district last year imposing the same measures, and now further Ibiza municipalities are following suit.

From May throughout the summer Ibiza becomes a ‘real estate jungle’ as tourists flock to the island, and resident workers struggle to pay rent and are left living in box apartments or even vans. The local government sees this as unacceptable and the tourist rental ban aims to prevent workers having to live in such conditions again.

Vincent Torres, the general manager the City Ibiza Council’s tourism department said: "The living situation in Ibiza] has become unsustainable due to the increase in people using digital accommodation brokers such as Airbnb]. We want to shift the housing situation to benefit long-term residents the island, as things have spiralled over the past few summers – to no one’s benefit."

The main island government shares similar views to its councils, and are hoping to bringing new regulations as soon as possible.

After the question was posed to the councils over which areas rental accommodation should be allowed in, a unanimous vote ruled that only plots that are already qualified as tourist land, such as hotels and licensed establishments, will be available for tourist rental.

Only a handful districts will still allow single-family villas to be rented out.

The new introduced last August approved measures that could hand fines up to €400,000 for platforms fering illegal housing, and fines up to €40,000 for private owners.

Many businesses and owners do not seem to have been put f by this, and continue to fer accommodation on Airbnb.

Vincent Torres said: "We already have various acts in place to deal with landlords, and we’re going to really come down on them now more than ever, as we finally have the systems in place to take action. We’re also going to be processing the people marketing these properties, with whom we have a massive issue with, as they tend to do their work from behind closed doors, rather than actually marketing properties in an ficial manner."

The town hall Santa Eulària des Riu said: "It’s going to take longer than a year to put an end to this, and it’s likely that the tourist apartment culture, as well as cases people living in squalid conditions due to the exorbitant prices rent, are going to stay the same over the course this summer. Despite that, the Balearic Tourism Law is a very important first step in towing the line to one day put an end to all this."

Airbnb has released a statement, saying: "We want to work with ficials 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 visitors to Ibiza and boosts the Balearic economy by more than half a billion euros - money that typically stays with local families and business."

According to the Hoppa travel operator, Ibiza is already the eighth most expensive destination in the world, and visitors to stay there.

Read our investigation into the accommodation crisis in Ibiza .

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