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Cancun city council moves forward with vacation rental regulations

Cancun, Q.R. — City council members continue to work on regulating vacation rental places such as Airbnb. They say the fiscal package due by mid-December will enforce the new regulations in the new year.

The approval of the new legislative fiscal package, which is due by December 15, will see the application of the Law and Regulations for Holiday Rental Platforms for 2019.

Isaac Janix Alanís, councilor and president of the Regulatory Improvement Commission, explained that Benito Juárez City Council sent a document that is part of the 2019 fiscal package that will, in addition to paying a 3 percent lodging tax, also see the process of operating licenses.

“It’s not just about regulating Airbnb, which is currently paying 3 percent tax, but all, like Homeaway, Roomorama and others where they are not paying any kind of tax, and that’s not the most serious issue.

“The serious thing is that by working without an operating license, they also work without adequate civil protection measures, they lack an agreement, which is one of the most important for this type of business,” he said.

City council estimates that there are more than 6,000 vacation rental properties in Cancun, but according to a 2017-2018 study by the Universidad del Caribe, they report vacation rental figures to be closer to 9,000.

From May of 2017 to April of 2018, figures show an increase of vacation room offerings in Cancun from 6,378 to 9,207.

Janix Alanís says the operating license would serve to delimit the areas where vacation rental houses or apartments are offered.

“There is no regulation for the locations. There are houses and apartments that are offered outside the first square of the city and hotel zone and advertised as places that are 10 minutes from the beach, but we know that it is not the case. They are not safe areas for the visitor,” he said.

The municipal government does not want to have tourists become the target of an act of insecurity, which is why it is important that the regulation of these platforms be brought to a successful conclusion.