Summer holidays: these are the 10 keys to avoid being scammed when renting a holiday flat in Spain

The ASESCON Consumers' Association shares a list of good practices to avoid possible scams when planning summer holidays in Spain.

There is no intention of increasing spending on summer holidays this year, according to a survey carried out by Cetelem-Invesmarket. The study shows an increase of two points in those who plan to spend the same amount, while almost one in three say they will pay less.

On average, Spaniards will spend 1% less this summer to relax compared to last year. The average spend will stand at 1,174 euros, slightly lower than the 1,184 euros in 2022.

Many Spaniards are opting to reduce their spending on restaurants and shopping during the holidays, as a way of adjusting their budget to higher inflation this year compared to 2022.

For those planning to stay in flats, consumer association ASESCON has shared a list of good practices to avoid potential scams:

  1. Remain wary of rental ads with prices that are too low.
  2. Be wary of advertisements showing attractive images in tourist areas at excessively low prices.
  3. Verify the identity of the landlord and make sure they are the actual owner of the property by checking the land registry.
  4. Confirm the actual existence of the flat using online tools.
  5. Check whether the flat is legally registered as a “tourist flat” in the corresponding region, as this guarantees certain minimum rights and benefits for consumers. Some SPanish regions offer public registers to verify the veracity of the advertisement.
  6. Do not rely on the comments and opinions of people who have rented the property before, as they could be false.
  7. Do not pay the full rent in advance and pay as little as possible as a deposit.
  8. When entering the flat, it is recommended to carry out a thorough check of the condition of the property.
  9. Keep all invoices, advertising brochures, contracts, reservations, etc., in case it is necessary to present them as proof in the event of a claim or complaint.
  10. Make a complaint in the event of a problem.


Hotel bookings for July and August are at 68% in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 15 days before the start of the summer season, according to data from the hotel and extra-hotel establishments associated with the sector employers’ association Ashotel.

These are already closed bookings and not occupancy forecasts, as in previous surveys carried out for holiday periods by the hotel employers’ association, which are sure to increase in the coming weeks, according to the internal survey carried out by the Ashotel employers’ association.

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