Details of the aid
Status: AVAILABLE until 05/12/2018
Recipients: People with difficulties paying the rent and derived from a mediation process
Family income limit: Between 2 and 3 times the IRSC.*
Maximum monthly rent: 900€
Administration that grants the aid: Housing Consortium of Barcelona.
Municipal aid for rent payment
Aid for rent payment helps achieve two objectives. First of all, it allows people to keep their habitual residence, guaranteeing they can remain in a familiar place and preventing the traumatic process of losing a home. Secondly, when a home is lost due to eviction and foreclosure, those affected are provided with a new rental contract and financial assistance.
The municipal aid for rent payment is financial assistance for tenants with difficulties paying their monthly rent. This aid, which is granted after mediation between the parties involved and the City Council, allows the tenant to keep their home and prevents social exclusion.
This aid is intended for persons residing in the city of Barcelona, who are holders of a rental contract corresponding to their habitual and permanent residence.
What do you need to know to request this help?
In these sections, you can learn about the eligibility requirements and the steps you must take to request this aid. The application can be presented at any Housing Office of Barcelona.
- Households that formalise a rental contract for a home after completing a stay or inclusion process in a residential centre of the Barcelona Inclusion Housing Network or in a housing centre for female victims of gender violence, in which the referring service is SARA (Care, Recovery and Shelter Service) or ABITS (Agency for a Comprehensive Approach to Sexual Occupations) of the City Council of Barcelona, as well as persons who have lost their habitual residence and, at the request of the Evaluation Board for the granting of social emergency aid, formalise a new rental contract.
- Households that have been assisted by the mediation service of the Barcelona Housing Offices, and that:
- Have signed a rental agreement through the Barcelona Rented Housing Pool.
- Have agreed with the property owner to a minimum rebate of €50 per month on the rent, provided that they submit the application within a maximum period of 120 days from the effective date of the rebate agreement signed with the property owner. Exceptionally, this agreement will not be required if a legal proceeding for the non-payment of rent has been initiated.
- Households that have received guaranteed temporary aid and/or support services for the access to housing granted by the Social Rights Department.
Recipients must meet the following requirements:
- Proof of legal residence in the city of Barcelona. For specific and urgent housing situations, it is sufficient for the applicant to show they were included in the municipal register for the six months immediately prior to the application submission date.
- Be registered as residing at the home for which the aid is requested.
- The home must constitute the habitual and permanent residence of the applicant.
- Household income: the maximum income limit is 2 times the weighted Adequate Income Indicator of Catalonia (IRSC) for a single person household, 2.5 times the IRSC for households of two or more persons, or 3 times the IRSC for households with a disabled person or with a high degree of dependence (more information in the table).
- Monthly rent for the home may be no more than 900 euros.
- More than 30% of the household income must be allocated to the payment of rent.
- The applicant must have incurred rent debts or have difficulties paying monthly rent due to a lack of economic resources.
- Prove adequate conditions to be able to continue paying the rent after receiving the aid.
- The aid must be paid directly into a bank account.
- Must pay the rent by bank transfer, direct debit, account deposit or receipt issued by the property administrator, at least as of the month following the submission date of the application.
- No member of the household may be the owner of any other residential property, unless it is not available for use and enjoyment.
- There cannot be any kinship ties by marriage or other similar stable relationship, by consanguinity, adoption or affinity up to the second degree between the tenants and the property owner.
- The applicant or household may not have taxable savings of more than €500.
- Tenants of homes owned or managed by the Housing Agency of Catalonia or the Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation of Barcelona, or of homes subsidised by public programmes, are not eligible for this aid.
Applicants for municipal aid for rent payment must complete the application form and submit it with the following documentation:
- Valid identification document (DNI / NIF / NIE or equivalent) of the applicant and all adult members of the household. If any member of the household does not have a DNI / NIF / NIE, they must provide the identification document they do have.
- Certificate of cohabitation that proves the home to be the habitual residence of all members of the household.
- Rental contract in the name of the applicant. For rental contracts with effect as of 1 June 2013, the tenant must prove they have fulfilled the obligation to pay a deposit to the landlord.
- Rental receipt from the previous month and the month in which the application is submitted. Exceptionally, in cases in which debt has been generated and claimed by the property owner, judicially or extrajudicially, the last two receipts for rent paid as well as the documentation corresponding to the claim of the existing debt must be submitted.
- Family register book, if applicable.
- Proof of income for each member of the household that is of working age. The following documentation must be submitted:
- Personal income tax declaration (IRPF) corresponding to the last closed fiscal year of the applicant and of each member of the household that is of working age. In case of exemption, the certificate of imputations from the State Agency of the Tax Administration (AEAT) must be provided.
- Original and photocopy or certified photocopy of the last three payrolls prior to the submission date of the application. Self-employed workers must provide the last or last quarterly tax (IRPF) declaration.
- Unemployed persons, pensioners and persons receiving social benefits must submit the certificate(s) issued by the paying body or bodies stating the amount to be received throughout the current year.
- Responsible declaration of income, for exceptional situations in which the applicant or a member of the household cannot justify his/her income with the previously mentioned documentation.
- Working life report issued by the Treasury of Social Security for the applicant and each member of the household that is of working age. This report must be requested through the Social Security website or by telephone 901 502 050.
- Standardised bank data form, in the name of the applicant, with the information corresponding to the account into which the benefit must be paid, duly stamped by the financial institution.
- Notification from the property owner or representative certifying that the tenant is not up to date with rent payment or, in case of not having this, a sworn statement by the tenant regarding the impossibility of making rent payments.
For requests derived from mediation by the Housing Offices of Barcelona:
- Agreement signed with the property owner including, as a minimum, the rent rebate to be made, the date when the agreement comes into force, and the final rent amount to be paid by the tenant.
- Rent payment receipt which shows the rent amount after the reduction agreed by the owner.
- If judicial proceedings have been initiated, legal documentation regarding the claims for non-payment of rent.
For cases derived from the Social Rights Department of the Barcelona City Council:
- Report from the Municipal Institute of Social Services of Barcelona.
For aid to households that have completed a stay or inclusion process in a residential centre, the following must be submitted in addition to the documentation described above:
- Report signed by the director of the social inclusion housing management entity, which states that the household applying for the aid has achieved the objectives established in the insertion process and has stopped living in the residential centre managed by the entity that forms part of the Barcelona Social Inclusion Housing Network in the last six months.
- Report signed by the director of SARA (Care, Recovery and Shelter Service) or ABITS (Agency for a Comprehensive Approach to Sexual Occupations) stating that the applicant household has achieved the objectives established and is no longer living in a residential centre for female victims of gender violence.
For aid derived from the Assessment Committee for the allocation of emergency social housing:
- Report from the Secretary of the Assessment Committee responsible for allocating emergency social housing to people who have lost their home.
Obtaining data electronically:
When the applicant and the members of the household authorise the managing body to obtain the data necessary for the processing and assessment of the application, it is not necessary to submit the following documentation:
- Certificate of cohabitation that certifies the residence in the home of all people in the household.
- Identity document (DNI or equivalent) of the applicant and of all members of the household.
- Tax (IRPF) declaration of the applicant and of all people of working age in the household.
- Payment receipts, in the case of unemployed persons and pensioners.
- Certificate of the degree of disability, if applicable.
- Single parent or large family card, if applicable
The Housing Consortium of Barcelona may request, directly or through the entities collaborating in the management of these benefits, additional documentation to complete their knowledge of the application submitted.
Amount and application period
The amount of the aid varies according to each person and situation. In all cases, however, the monthly amount of the aid will be determined by the difference between the amount of rent paid by the tenant and the amount that should be paid (30% of the income). The minimum amount, in any case, is 20 euros per month.
Municipal aid for rent payment can be granted for a maximum duration of 12 months.
The call to request this aid is open until 5 December 2019. This application period may be closed early in the case of budget exhaustion.
This aid may not be awarded for the same monthly payments of the current year as other aid or benefits from public administrations or entities that have the same purpose. In case of duplication of benefits for the same monthly payments, a partial or total revocation will be made in accordance with the duplicity that has been committed.
Payment of the aid is conditioned by the budgetary availability established in the call and by the knowledge of the Housing Consortium of Barcelona that the beneficiary is up to date with the payment of rent.
Given that this benefit is a public subsidy and involves capital income, the beneficiary must present his/her personal income tax declaration (IRPF), which must include the amount received.
Payment of the aid must be made through a financial institution.
The aid can be paid directly to the beneficiary or, if it is expressly authorised, to the person who provides a guardianship or mediation service, in favour of which this right is granted.