Update 22 April: As anticipated in my post on 30 March below the new 2013 tourism law was approved in full yesterday by the Canarian parliament following its end-of-first-year review.
Update 30 March 2015: The first-year review of 2013’s new tourism law has resulted in some modifications widening the categories permitted for hotel construction, but none involving change to the original provisions for rental of privately-owned property.
Tourism minister Ricardo Fernandez de la Puente replied to strident criticisms from the lobbying association Ascav about the government’s refusal to allow Bed and Breakfast tourism by saying that he wasn’t tourism minister to pander to the whims of a minority, but to try to get a consensus for all views of tourism. He said that Turismo had taken on board some of Ascav’s points but the demands of finding a consensus could not result in such rentals from family homes being allowed, apart from any questions concerning the difficulty of adequate quality standardisations and inspections.
The pressure which Alotca brought concerning villas, however, did have some success, with the possibility of letting privately owned villas being let being incorporated into the law, albeit in a partial and convoluted manner.
The final text of the law is expected to proceed to the Consejo de Gobierno this week and get its full verification shortly. The Canarian tourism law is now, therefore, on the verge of being fully approved in the Canaries, and it has also already received formal approval by ruling of Spain’s top administrative body, the Constitutional Court (link).
All that now remains for the privately-owned holiday letting situation to be fully clarified is the final version of the new tourism regulation for private rentals required by urban letting legislation. That regulatory decree is already drafted and is going through final formalities before being presented to the regional Parliament (link). For the 2013 law itself, see my post HERE and the BOE HERE for the full text (of the original 2013 law, not the amended text).
Original post 28 May 2014: The Canarian government has said that its promised review of last year’s new tourism legislation will start within the next couple of days. President Rivero made the announcement in parliament, where he said that the review will be “internal and external” but that the data so far show a “very satisfactory evolution” of the legislation in its first year. The president said that in this year some 35,000 tourist places have been renovated, with almost complete upgrade of renovated accommodation to 4*. The government is also, he said, mobilizing more than half the €1,825 million credit approved by argeement between banks and government, and that the potential of the new law is most evident so far in south Gran Canaria , Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.