I know this should be on a seperate post but it is important to the well being of the West of the Island LG, PS, PA & Var, the tourist figures are already down due other less desirable countries which have now come back onto the market.
Like most Government's they are reactive not proactive and with the considerable pressure and clout from the hotel group Ashotel they dracronianly fined anybody who owned a property, some of them like myself & others I know have lost tens of thousands of Euro's because we were found guilty with no proof at all.
We have now sold our property, but this area has been our second home for over 20 years, one of the reasons we sold was, we had to have a sole agent who's fees were 60% if he rented & 40% if you obtained a rental, and you were allowed 1 month a yrar for friends & family and if you needed to rent that was his rules.
After contacting ASCAC.es this is the very good organization that is fighting the Government over its tourist policy and they told me the costs for the sole agents was not as bad as some agents enforce on owners.
What is needed is the Government to scrap the sole agent policy and anybody who wants to rent their villa or apartment to pay say Ä1 to 2000.00 a year for a licence depending on bedrooms and use the Inspectors to check these properties are at least 4* any owners not maintaining their property to this standard would loose their licence and would not be allowed to get it back. This would improve the rental stock and bring back properties to the market for more tourists to spend money locally.