Residents of Barcelona’s La Barceloneta neighborhood hold up a banner reading “For the abolition of tourist apartments.”
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Spain may be one of the world's top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals.By introducing a slew of new rules, Madrid's left-wing city hall plans to make it impossible for short-term rental companies to rent out 95 percent of apartments in the Spanish capital by the end of the year.Locals out?There are now around 9,000 flats in Madrid that are rented out to tourists, six to seven times more than in 2013, Calvo said.Madrid City Hall in January stopped issuing new licenses for tourist apartments and only plans to resume licensing once the new system is in place.There, licenses will only be awarded to flats in buildings specifically designated for holiday rentals.Between mid-2016 and mid-2017 Barcelona City Hall, headed by a former housing rights activist, ordered the closure of over 2,300 holiday rental flats.The island city saw the number of holiday flats jump 40 percent between 2013 and 2017 .
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