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Barcelona plans to ban renting apartments to tourists by 2028


The authorities of the Spanish city of Barcelona, ​​which is one of the most popular vacation spots, announced that it will ban renting out apartments to tourists by 2028. About this reported the Reuters.

In this way, the government aims to curb the rapid growth of housing costs and make the city comfortable for local residents.

By November 2028, Barcelona will cancel the licenses of 10 apartments currently approved for short-term rentals, the city's mayor, Jaume Colboni, said.

"We are facing what we believe to be Barcelona's biggest problem." Colboni said.

A boom in short-term rentals in Barcelona, ​​the city most visited by foreign tourists, has left some residents unable to afford an apartment after rents rose 68% in the past 10 years and the cost of buying a home rose 38%. said Colboni.

According to him, access to housing has become a driver of inequality, especially for young people.

"These 10 apartments will be used by the city's residents or will go on the market for rent or sale," Colboni said.

In turn, the Barcelona association of tourist apartments APARTUR said that the ban would cause an increase in the number of illegal tourist apartments.

Barcelona's local authorities have said they will maintain a "tough" regime of checks to identify potential illegal tourist apartments after the ban comes into effect.

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