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Housing Glossary

You will find information here on all topics relating to housing in Barcelona


Accrued interest

The interest applied as a penalisation when the debtor does not comply with repayment obligations. The amount must be established in the contract.

Active supermortgage

This allows the client to choose their loan's benchmark index (MIBOR at three months, six months or a year) so that payment can benefit from lower interest rates sooner.

Adaptable instalment

Characteristic of UCI superloans that allow the borrower to not pay one instalment a year for the first three years if there are problems due to holidays, extraordinary expenses, etc.

Advanced cancellation fee

A commission arising from the financial risk involved in the advanced cancellation of an operation. The applied commission compensates the financial institution for its financial losses.


Direct state aid for paying the deposit on a property.

Affordable housing

Group of social housing or dwellings from social renovation projects that are sold or rented at below-market prices.

Affordable rent

The cost of renting these dwellings is below market prices after being included in operations concerning the rented flat pool, social renovation or social housing promotions.


Payment made to repay a loan.

Amortisation period

The duration of the loan. The contract establishes the date of the first and last payments. The longer the period, the lower the payments are, but the higher the interest. You therefore pay more in the end. The monthly instalment should not exceed 35% of your net income.


Estate agent. A qualified professional who acts as an intermediary between the two interested parties to facilitate the signing of a real estate contract, which can be a rental agreement, a sales agreement or another similar contract. They usually charge a percentage of the sales price as compensation or commission.


A citizen who makes a registration application to the Barcelona Social Housing Applicants Registry, and who represents the other members of the dwelling unit included in the application.


Annual Equivalent Rate. Effective annual cost of the mortgage in terms of interest, commissions and the repayment period. To compare loans, it is not enough to just look at the lowest APR, you also have to compare the conditions, the repayment period and the distribution of instalment payments.

Arbitri municipal de plusvàlua

Former denomination of the capital gains tax on landed property.


The value of a dwelling certified by a specialised assessment company, in accordance with the mortgage market law. This certificate not only indicates the real value of the property, it also serves as a reference for obtaining the necessary financing.


Document in which the owner authorises the tenant to carry out building work in the dwelling's interior.

Close glossary

Housing offices only offer face-to-face assistance by prior appointment, so check out the “Housing calls you” service here to receive the most appropriate personalised assistance. If you also need assistance in energy rights, book an appointment with an energy-advice point (PAE) by clicking here. On the other hand, if you reside in an IMHAB public dwelling you can consult our contact, management and processing channels here.​

05/02/2021 - 17:09

Application period open for municipal plots to build affordable social housing

Housing. Cooperatives and foundations have until 28 February to put forward their projects.

03/02/2021 - 14:45

Regulatory plan for tourist accommodation updated with the new regulations on shared homes

Urban planning. Rooms can be rented for stays of 31 days or more, such as those by students or temporary workers.

28/01/2021 - 09:51

Towards a city with more affordable housing and financial assistance for the citizenry

Housing. The plenary session of the Social Housing Council evaluated the first five years of the Barcelona Right to Housing Plan.

26/01/2021 - 20:10

The City Council awards the construction and development of two new “APROP” buildings with around 80 dwellings

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24/01/2021 - 18:28

The OMIC opens a direct helpline for those affected by blackouts

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22/01/2021 - 12:55

Why is the price of energy rising?

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15/01/2021 - 17:44

Keys to 35 houses in the Carrer Comte Borrell development are handed over

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14/01/2021 - 16:30

Another step in the transformation of Glòries: more public housing and facilities

Urban planning. The mountainward side of the area will get 562 flats, 35% of them protected, along with three schools and green areas...

30/12/2020 - 11:27

What rights do I have as tenant and what obligations does the landlord have?

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28/12/2020 - 11:52

What can I do if I have problems paying my rent?

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