It is important to be aware that the new legislation permits some exceptions, such as:
- Houses let for vacations, where no monies change hands.
- Houses let for more than two months in a row.
- Houses located in rural areas, which are regulated by Law 13/2011, and Decree 20/2002.
- Residential buildings with three or more houses, run by the same person, which will be regulated by Decree 194/2010.
The new legislation states that either the whole property or part (i.e. particular rooms in the property) may be let, and in the latter case case the owner must also be living in the property.
The capacity or number of persons who may let the property at any one time will depend on the individual house and in a document issued by the Town Hall known as the “licencia de primera ocupación”, but in any case no more than fifteen people may rent the property at one time, if the entire property is rented-out, and no more than six people if the property is rented by rooms (never more than four people per room).