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Hotels warn goverment over Letting Law change
Hotel bosses in Tenerife have sounded a stern warning to the Canarian authorities over plans to revise the new and controversial Letting Law, following reservations voiced by Spain's competition regulator.


Jorge Marichal, head of the Tenerife Hoteliers' Association
Jorge Marichal, head of the Tenerife Hoteliers' Association
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Tenerife - 22.09.2015 - As reported here, the regional Parliament is due to hold a special session today and Wednesday to discuss possible amendments to the legislation, some of which is considered a breach of competition rules. However, the prospect of imminent changes to soften the legislation has triggered swift reaction from the hotel sector. Jorge Marichal, chairman of the Tenerife Hoteliers' Association, warned the government to be "very careful" about withdrawing the legislation becase it could have a serious impact on employment in the tourism sector. "If the government is going to reopen the debate then we might as well reopen all laws for discussion. If we have no rules on these lets, then everyone will just do as they please" said Marichal, adding that "too much notice" has been taken of a sector (holiday lets) that does not generate jobs. "Are they the ones that provide 100,000 jobs and generate hundreds of millions of euros in taxes?" asked the association boss, who accused the holiday lets of posing "unfair competition" to the highly regulated hotel sector. Marichal warned also that many companies linked to regulated apartment complexes, such as cleaning firms and other services, could be put out of business if individuals are allowed to rent their properties out freely, without having to meet the conditions which the "legal" accomodation sector must abide by. According to the Europa Press news agency, Marichal said the campaign to have the Letting Law scrapped is being driven by "four of five lawyers who have clients with ties to tax havens". 



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