Majorca locals demand strict new 'five year rule' for UK tourists on island

A Majorca neighbourhood organisation has proposed a requirement of living in the Balearic Islands five years to buy a house. Majorca is mulling over the strict new five year rule affecting UK expats and people moving abroad to the Europe holiday hotspot.

The Banc de Temps de Sencelles, a small neighbourhood organisation, managed to bring together 10,000 protestors in Palma on Saturday to protest against the tourist overcrowding on the Balearic Islands and to demand access to "decent housing."

It has proposed that a minimum of five years' residence on the islands is a prerequisite for obtaining it. "This land must be a place where our sons and daughters can grow up in safety and dignity, with controlled tourism that does not determine our whole life", the manifesto said.

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It calls for seven measures to address tourist overcrowding and ensure affordable housing for residents. These range from declaring a "housing emergency" in the Balearic Islands to enable urgent measures in favour of homeownership rights. T

It also wants the region to be declared a "tense zone" and regulation of rental prices, approving a moratorium on tourist rentals, providing guarantees to tenants and lessees, and offering aid for housing rehabilitation. It also wants evicted individuals who cannot pay their rent "rehoused".

And it called to limit home purchases by individuals who have not lived on the islands for at least five years and restricting purchases by wealthy buyers. On Saturday, an estimated 10,000 protesters descended on Weyler Square, where holidaymakers were enjoying their evening. They held banners telling tourists to “go home” and declaring the island “is not for sale”.

Javier Barbero, a spokesperson for Banc del Temps and one of the demonstration’s organisers, issued a stark five-word warning. He said: "This has only just begun", according to local media in Majorca.