Authorities of the autonomous community have sanctioned more than 500 owners of illegal tourist accommodations that must pay a total of more than 2 million euros in fines.
The legislation adopted in Catalonia to have better control over commercial accommodations has three purposes: avoid disloyal competition, compete with an underground economy and guarantee the region has a supply of quality accommodations.
To fill them, authorities are also making use of online rental platforms. In 2015, 146 informative proceedings were initiated due to not posting the identification number in from the Catalan tourist office. 76 websites then adapted their contents at the request of the inspectors and 63 procedures are ongoing.
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