AN investigation has been launched over the rental of council flats to tourists.

The probe is looking into how properties in the Sa Gerreria area of Palma are being rented via rental sites, including Airbnb and Booking.com, for up to €150 a night.

RENT ROW: Mallorca authorities to examine protected properties
RENT ROW: Mallorca authorities to examine protected properties

Owners currently benefit from lower protected rents, and under VPO rental rules, tenants are banned from renting to tourists.

The Olive Press found that at least three properties in the area were being rented by the online sites. All of them are fully booked until September.

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