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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.​

This page offers you all the information, documents and audiovisual material from the various conferences, talks and congresses on housing that have been organised by Barcelona City Council.


Barcelona bids farewell to ISHF as an international reference in housing

12/06/2023 - 08:23

Housing. For three days, the Catalan capital has been a meeting point for proposals, reflections, and diverse initiatives related to...

The defense of the right to housing, the focus of the second day of the ISHF

08/06/2023 - 19:09

Housing. The state of social housing in Southern European countries, public-private partnerships, and housing renovation were the...

Barcelona inaugurates the International Social Housing Festival with public policies at the center of the debate

07/06/2023 - 20:19

Housing. Over 2,000 registered participants are taking part in the ISHF, which takes place from June 7th to 9th, with the presence of...


The International Social Housing Festival 2023 lands in Barcelona from June 7 to 9

02/06/2023 - 10:03

Housing. The most important international congress on social housing in Europe will bring together around 2,000 attendees and hold...


International Social Housing Festival 2023 (ISHF)

Over three days (June 7-9, 2023), about sixty international experts analyzed, debated, and reflected on the state of public, social, and cooperative housing worldwide, addressing the sector's main challenges.

Housing and Renovation Forum 2022 (FHAR)

For two days (November 28th and 29th, 2022), national and international experts will share knowledge, experiences, and visions of the future about three topics of great relevance: housing emergency, industrialised construction, and housing renovation.

European Network for Housing Research 2022 (ENHR)

For four days (from August 30th to September 2nd, 2022), researchers and experts analyzed the various factors that influence the right to housing and hinder its access and maintenance in a large part of European countries.

Housing and Renovation Forum 2021 (FHAR)

For two days (November 23rd and 24th, 2021), national and international experts have reflected on how to increase the stock of affordable housing and how to assert the future of the right to housing in the city, among other crucial issues. 

Conference on the regulation of rent prices

International experts to discuss the regulation of rent prices

Housing and Renovation Forum 2019 (FHAR)

For three days, international experts debated and reflected in this forum about the future of the right to housing in the city.

Co-housing meeting 2018

The Barcelona City Council presents its cooperative housing model as a way to boost affordable housing at the first Cohousing Meeting

Renovation policies in Southern Europe

Experiences on policies to promote renovation and its social impact were exchanged at this meeting.

Smart City 2017 | Housing Conference

Members of the Eurocities Network reflected on rent-stabilisation measures and the role of local governments in housing policies.

Construmat 2017 | 'Housing that makes a city' conference

The 'Housing that makes a city' conference held on 23 May put the big challenges facing housing policies in Barcelona at the centre of the debate.

Housing Conference 2016 (Day 1) | The rental market, gentrification and the impact of tourism

The Barcelona City Council Housing Conference was held on 24 and 25 October 2016. Three seminars were held on the first day and dealt with various aspects of the city’s current housing model.

Housing Conference 2016 (Day 2) | Rehabilitation, architectural innovation and cohousing

The second day was the turn of the roundtables, where various experts and professionals discussed new trends in housing renovation, urban regeneration, innovation and cohousing.

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