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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.​

The Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation of Barcelona (IMHAB) offers the Aparcaquí programme to make affordable rented parking spaces that are not connected to public housing available to citizens.

Parking spaces for rent within everyone’s reach

The offer of public rented parking spaces

The IMHAB’s main task is to manage public housing in Barcelona. Other products derive from the development of the housing policy, such as car parks.

It is common for parking spaces to be included in housing promotions. In most cases, these parking spaces are linked and awarded together with the corresponding flats.

There are situations, however, in which the spaces are not connected (for example, in housing for the elderly). In these cases, the parking spaces are sold separately. This is usually done through a public drawing. The spaces that are not awarded through such drawings are included in the Aparcaquí programme.

The aim of this programme is to offer the rented parking spaces that are not awarded together with public housing and therefore are available to citizens.
To make this possible, the parking spaces that are part of this programme use an access control system for the vehicles and people – connected to a centre 24 hours a day – in order to guarantee correct use of the facilities.
For more information, call Aparcaquí customer service 93 291 54 24 or send an email to aparcaqui@imhab.cat

List of parking spaces