SPANISH authorities have hit two accommodation rental giants with heavy fines for ‘publicising illegal properties’.
Barcelona Town Hall slapped €60,000 fines on Airbnb and Homeaway for advertising accommodation that wasn’t authorised by the Registry of Catalan Tourism.
The fines included a €30,000 charge for not responding to the administration’s requirements.
They are the first fines levied since the summer when the Town Hall announced plans to ‘reduce the negative impact of tourism on the city’.
Airbnnb have said they will appeal the decision.
The town hall used a new software tool, known as araña web, to locate the unlicensed flats online.