Flat detector

Easily spots whether or not you are living in a legal tourist flat .
Fill in the boxes. If your address does not appear, the flat you are looking for is illegal.

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If you discover you’ve rented unlicensed tourist accommodation

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If you think there is an unlicensed tourist flat in your block

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Barcelona offers an extensive range of tourist accommodation so everyone visiting the city can enjoy their stay here like any other local, integrated into the daily dynamics of city and the neighbours they share an essential communal space with. Living together in such accommodation implies a series of rights and duties that need to be clear when rental contracts are signed. Enjoying a travel experience which is personally rewarding, as well as respectful to the local population, also depends on the visitors themselves.

Unfortunately, for all its legal accommodation available, Barcelona also has a range of illegal accommodation that harms not just the people who rent it - depriving them of their right to complain about any incidents and denying them the supplementary services they are otherwise entitled to - but also the city itself, as it creates speculation and illicit economies and its activities leave nothing positive for local neighbours, causing nuisance and complaints.

If you are visiting Barcelona, we need your commitment and cooperation to prevent the proliferation of this illicit economy in our city and the irresponsible, economically unsustainable and environmentally unfriendly tourism it encourages.

Make sure your flat is licensed before you rent it and if it isn't, turn it down and help us to fight fraud.

If you're a local resident inconvenienced by activities in tourist accommodation and you'd like to help us combat this phenomenon, it is now even easier to send us your complaint.

Resolve your queries

These are flats that are occasionally rented out by their owners, either directly or indirectly through an agency, for a stay of up to 31 days, in return for monetary payment.
Flat owners have to expressly inform the City Council of their intention to carry out this activity and require a permit from the Council confirming their flats meet all the requirements established by law. They must also have a certificate of habitability and may not accommodate more than the number of people established in the certificate. The interiors of these flats must be furnished, in a perfect state of hygiene and contain all the utensils required for living in it.
Either the owner directly, or the agency managing the flat, must provide the tenants or neighbours with their phone number so they can immediately deal with and resolve any queries or incidents relating to their flats. They must also ensure there is a care or maintenance service for any incident.
Check if the rented flat has a municipal permit and that its address matches the one you are staying in. Sometimes other people who are not staying in the flat with you are named in the contract you sign. Or you may be told not to answer the door if a City Council inspector calls and say that a friend has given you use of the flat.

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