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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

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  • A welcome party for cooperative housing

    In order to explain the co-housing model to citizens and present the state of the different developments that are being promoted, the Barcelona City Council held the first Co-housing Meeting on September 29, 2018. At this event, which was open to the public, the various entities involved in co-housing in the city, such as neighbourhood cooperatives, ethical and cooperative finance organisations, and City Council representatives, participated.

    Co-housing is a non-speculative model that is helping to expand affordable housing. It consists of the cession, by means of a municipal call, of a disused building or plot to a neighbourhood cooperative that wishes to develop it.

    Community members can live in the building for a period of 75 years, paying a fee that is lower than the market price, but they will never be the owners: the property belongs to the cooperative and the land remains under public ownership. This prevents housing speculation.

    Co-housing also implies a somewhat communal life: from the start of the project, the cooperative makes decisions in a participatory way. In addition, the model includes a way of co-existing that is based on building a mutually supportive community and the use of community spaces.


    Co-housing Meeting 2018

    Summary of the first Co-housing Meeting (held on September 29, 2018) in which the Barcelona City Council presented its co-housing model as an option for promoting affordable housing.

    The meeting took place in the plot at Calle Espronceda 131-135, in the Poblenou neighbourhood, where one of the four cooperative housing developments will be built as the result of a public tender organised by the City Council to build cooperative housing on municipal plots.


    Co-housing as a model

    Discussion about co-housing between several experts in the sector, during the Co-housing Meeting 2018


    Arnau Andrés, La Dinamo Foundation 


    • Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor of the Barcelona City Council
    • Josep Maria Montaner, Councillor for Housing and Renovation of the Barcelona City Council
    • Lluc Pol Bonnín, IBAVI technician
    • Lara Fuster, IBAVI technician
    • Carles Oliver, IBAVI technician