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Offline Mr Max

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Private Letting
« on: July 11, 2011 »
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  • Not that it is anything to do with me, but I would think this board's admins would be well advised to close the private letting pages, especially for short lets in apartments within non-touristic communities.

    The inspectors are currently busy dishing out 18 grand fines to people who have been caught.

    The PM

    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011 »
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  • Mr Max I would have to agree with your first comment, nor is any of our business, we nether condon or encourage anyone to break any law and there are many advertisers who are letting legally. I have no doubt that the debate over the whole contentious law on letting will continue to rumble on, until someone takes the Spanish government to the EU courts over a whole plethora of beaches of human rights against Eu citizens, as was with the case of UK driving licences.

    Offline Falstaff

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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011 »
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  • Mr Max has raised an important issue about the  severity of fines which are apparently being imposed on those deemed guilty.  I don't agree with him that the private lettings pages should be closed down but I do think that all prospective advertisers of holiday lets should be advised by publishers  about the implications of illegal lettings by way of a disclaimer. This would be viewed as a customer service   and could also be used as a shield  by the publisher  should the tax authorities turn against  publishers   in circumstances in which it could be said that the  publisher knew (or aught to have known)  that the let was illegal.  Let us not forget that Orange has published on the message boards what appears to be a definitive list of legal letting establishments. By implication, all others are illegal.

    Publishers should not be complacent because tax authorities have draconian powers and are a law unto themselves. There may well be a Phase II  to this revenue generating exercise involving the targeting of publishers.

    Just my opinion, for what it's worth.

    magsnmike

    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #3 on: July 16, 2011 »
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  • What about people that may reply to any of the advertisements, and go on to rent.  They would not know if its illegal or legal. 


    Offline Falstaff

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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011 »
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  • Worst case scenario?  You turn up in LG from the airport to find that the apartment you have booked and paid for for your holiday has been hit with a prohibition notice and there is no immediate refund. What do you do - walk around with your suitcases and try to find somewhere else to stay, if you can afford it?  You will find somewhere eventually such as El Sombrero  or Colonial Parque, but what a dreadful start to your holiday.

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011 »
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  •   You will find somewhere eventually such as El Sombrero  or Colonial Parque, but what a dreadful start to your holiday.

    I think you need to clarify that statement Falstaff in so far that finding your originally booked and paid for apartment is not available, would be a dreadful start to your holiday (I agree) not that staying in either of the establishments mentioned would be !! :-\\
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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011 »
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  • There's more ...................If you look at www.losgigantes.com/news it appears that El Sombrero Apartments have won another award from Thomas Cook
    I wanted to be the Cincinnati Kid - but couldn't spell it

    Offline Falstaff

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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011 »
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  • Good point Kid.

    We once did turn up in LG with no accommodation having grabbed a last minute flight. It took us half a day to find some - not a pleasant experience at all.  On that occasion we stayed at Colonial Parque - good bog standard self catering accommodation.  No complaints whatsoever. Would stay there again.

    Also spent a nice last minute Christmas holiday at El  Sombrero  and  gave it an excellent Trip Advisor review.  It had  won an award  that year too.

    Never had a bad holiday at any of the self catering places we have stayed in Los Gigantes.

    orange

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    « Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011 »
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    What about people that may reply to any of the advertisements, and go on to rent.  They would not know if its illegal or legal.

    I think they would have a pretty good idea now...

    Offline losjack

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    Re: Private Letting
    « Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011 »
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  • Have any of these 18 grand fines been substantiated or is it just rumour? Seems an odd figure to me.
    Anyone in LG area been fined?

    orange

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    « Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011 »
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  • The information I have on this comes from Janet Anscombe (Google).

    I would say because of that - it is not rumour.


    Offline typo

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    Re: Private Letting Return of Forward Planning
    « Reply #11 on: November 12, 2011 »
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  • Don?t panic, having been ?sin-binned? for illegal use of the message board (Letting an apartment) I have no intention of trying again!

    However, in the short time that my message appeared I was asked whether I had the approved tourist licence. I haven?t and was until then sort of unaware of its existence, I?ve since read most of what I can find on this forum and others and seem to have settled on the advice of Orange and read all that Janet Anscombe has on the subject.

    My query is ?hypothetically? if I was to consider a six month let of my apartment would this be considered Long-term residential, therefore only needing community agreement and insurance cover to be legal.

    I have copied part of Janet Anscombe?s text below, which mentions specifically villas, presumably the same  carries for apartments.

    This means, categorically and from the mouth of Turismo itself, that no private villa in the Canaries can be legalised for commercial lets. Long-term residential or temporada lets of 3 months or more are legal . . .

    Any comments? Sensible or otherwise appreciated