YEAR 2018 N.º 2

ISSN 2182-9845

Collaborative housing: some notes on the legal situation in Spain and Portugal

Beatriz Sáenz de Jubera Higuero


Lease; tourist accommodation; cohousing; civil law; collaborative economy; housing.


The collaborative economy is a phenomenon that has been acquiring a growing role throughout Europe, and particularly in Spain and Portugal, in many different areas and sectors. Starting from an attempt of generic conceptualization of this phenomenon and concretion of its main characteristic notes, this paper intends to analyze its impact especially in the real estate field, focusing on two clearly differentiated businesses: the collaborative tourist accommodations and the cohousing; two figures that are said to be collaborative but that have been developed in different ways in this respect and that pose different challenges to answer from the law in general, and civil law in particular.