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Alert for Balearic Property Owners: Heavy Fines Up to €10,000 for Registering Undocumented Individuals


City councils in the Balearic Islands recently received a letter from the Federation of Local Entities of the Balearic Islands (FELIB) containing “suggestions” regarding the registration of individuals without the proper permits.

FELIB warned that property owners engaging in this practice could be fined between €500 and €10,000, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

Owners who receive this letter must agree to its terms and accept possible fines. This initiative, supported by the National Police’s Central Unit for Immigration Networks and Document Forgery, aims to combat criminal activities related to fraudulent registrations.

According to Periodico de Ibiza, the decision to implement these measures comes in response to a recent incident in Inca, where authorities dismantled a group involved in such illegal activities, including the fraudulent issuance of health cards.

In this regard, the president of FELIB, Jaume Ferriol, said that he knows about the issue of people using fake documents to register, especially affecting elderly individuals who allow undocumented careers to live with them without being properly registered or later removed from the system.

Balearic Immigration Platform Faces Registration Complaints

The Immigration Brigade has discovered 85 “renters” registered at the same address. The document sent to city councils complies with immigration laws but conflicts with municipal registry practices, which do not warn owners when registering individuals with passports. The Balearic Immigration Platform has received complaints from foreigners struggling to obtain registration certificates.

As the president of the platform, Farouk Pino, explains, registration is both a right and a duty, and municipalities should not create barriers.

The EAPN Social Inclusion Network proposed a meeting with FELIB to discuss this issue and suggest allowing irregular residents to register directly with municipalities. They argue that access to health care and education is a universal right that can only be achieved through registration.

Britons Warned of Fines for Exceeding 90-Day Stay at Their Holiday Homes in Spain

This isn’t the first time Spain has made such rules and fines. Previously, in January 2024, Spain had warned Britons owning holiday homes there that they are eligible to stay in Spain for only in 90 days in any 180 days. If they stay longer, they can be fined up to €10,000.

This rule only applies to Britons who do not live permanently in Spain. The rule is enforced by checking passports when people enter and leave Spain, so airport staff can easily catch violators and issue fines.

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