08/06/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - According to DiariodeLanzarote.com, the Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned three owners of two apartment complexes and one villa in the municipality of Tias, for illegally advertising and renting properties to tourists. The board explained that the unfair prices offered devalue the Island.
One case concerns an apartment complex called “Residencial La Cañada” in Puerto del Carmen and is operated by Anthony Thomas Sillitoe. The case came to light after a complaint was made by an owner of one of the apartments in the complex.
An inspector, who is considered an “enforcement officer” went to the apartment and found it occupied by a British couple who agreed to fill out a questionnaire explaining the conditions of their stay.
The Gobierno de Canarias stores records of tourist accommodation and enters them into a programme called ‘Turidata’. In this case, it was found that the property in question was not listed as a tourist establishment. The fine issued to the owner amounted to €13,800. If the guilty party reoffends the penalty will increase.
A similar case occurred with another apartment complex “Colina del Sol”, also in Puerto del Carmen. The owner, named as Deborah Jane Smith, was denounced by two foreign citizens, and was fined €7,500.
A fine was also issued to the company ‘Sanjoy Chouchan’, owners of a villa in the area known as ‘el barranco de las truchas’ that was being developed for mass tourism. The fine in this case exceeded €9,000.
The Tourism board outlined during the disciplinary proceedings that this type of illegal activity “impacts the tourist image of the island” and stressed, the unauthorized properties advertising low prices have a negative effect on those meeting the required standards as they are taking their business.