.- The confinement has increased the number of homes for tourist use on the Costa Brava. The increase has been especially noticeable in towns in the Baix Empordà such as Begur or Platja d’Aro, but also in towns in the Selva Marítima such as Tossa de Mar. All this makes it “even more difficult” for young people living in municipalities on the Girona coast, where rents have skyrocketed. The increase in demand for tourist housing in recent months has led landlords to get much more out of it than if they put it up for regular rent, although “there is more risk of occupation”. From the county councils recognize that it is an “important” problem that “has no easy solution.”
The municipalities of the Costa Brava have seen an increase in the number of tourist flats in recent months. The reason is, in large part, that landlords opt for this type of rent instead of the whole year because they get much more out of it – in some cases up to four or five times more -. To this must be added the greater demand from the confinement, where many citizens of urban areas have opted to spend their days off the Costa Brava instead of traveling.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that the tourist flat allows the owner to remove it from the web pages where it offers it whenever he wants, and have it at his disposal again. Thus, he does not have a contract that binds him to the tenants and is usually between three and five years old.
All this has created more difficulties for young people in these localities. If it was already complicated enough that they could emancipate themselves, now this problem is added. The president of the Baix Empordà County Council, Joan Loureiro, explains that tourism in the region is “very powerful” and that “renting a first home” is almost “non-existent” or is very expensive. “It should be borne in mind that in many cases young people are the ones with the most limited financial resources,” Loureiro points out.
Although this problem has been particularly noticeable during this spring and summer in areas of the Costa Brava such as Begur, coastal towns of Palafrugell, Platja d’Aro and Tossa de Mar, Loureiro explains that the problem is also moving to the ‘interior. The president of the CCBE remarks that in towns of second line are finding that there is no offer of flats of usual rent, and instead, has increased the tourist.
A situation modeled on what happens in the jungle. There, the president of the council of this region, Salvador Balliu, regrets that the trend has been growing and generates a problem “that must be addressed.” “The owners take out four or five more times and we find a lack of flats which is a problem we didn’t have before,” he points out.
Balliu and Loureiro explain that the solution is to increase the supply of social rental flats, although they consider that “facilities” should be given to developers and builders and eliminate bureaucratic obstacles. “We have to get the young people of the region to stay here,” said Balliu.
Problems with neighbors
The increase in flats and houses for tourist use leads to problems with neighbors complaining about noise. A problem that has occurred especially this summer when there were no restrictions on the number of people. “The houses are big and can hold ten or twelve people who came together and had a party,” said Balliu.