Lanzarote Begins Tourist Housing Consultation For New Law


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The Government Council of the Canary Islands has given the green light during its meeting this Monday to the draft 'Law on Sustainable Planning of the Tourist Use of Housing', announced by the Minister of Tourism and Employment, Jéssica de León, in her appearance at the Parliament of the Canary Islands last September.

The creation of the new law will serve to regulate phenomena such as vacation rentals , currently regulated in the archipelago by a regulation (Decree 113/2015) that does not establish quantitative or qualitative limits, which is why the regional government emphasizes that the regulations are will push to find the "balance" between the resident and the tourist.

Likewise, remember that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in 2020 that the protection of the right to decent housing and the urban environment justify the intervention of regional and local authorities to regulate the tourist use of housing and in the Canary Islands. There are currently 46,486 holiday homes.

In addition to addressing the right to decent housing , the future law will have a transversal nature and will include aspects ranging from urban planning and territorial planning , the environment and, above all, the definition of a sustainable development model for the Canary Islands in the immediate future, includes a note from the Executive.

With this Monday's approval, the opening of a public consultation phase begins, where citizens will have the opportunity to express their opinion on what the future of the planning of tourist use of housing should be. Based on the information collected, an articulated text will be written.

The Government's objective is that the drafting of this law has the maximum participation of all agents and sectors of society, due to its importance for the current development model.

The general director of Tourism Planning, Training and Promotion, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, will present the main elements of the consultation along with the essential aspects that are intended to be addressed and at the end of the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions.

Thus, anyone who wishes, during a period of one month, can make their contributions to the regulatory text on the Government's web portal . Public information sessions will be held on each of the islands, and in Lanzarote, the calls will begin on October 27t at the Lanzarote Town Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.