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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.​

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The new challenges to housing

The 'Housing that makes a city' conference dealt with such issues as affordable housing and the various approaches to enabling the respective maintenance and generation of existing and new housing stock, while ensuring residents keep their homes and are protected from eviction.

More specifically, there were discussions on renovation, the mechanisms for tackling gentrification, the challenges for bringing about affordable rents and new housing models.

Morning talks

Block 1: Renovation for social transformation

Challenges of a municipal renovation policy that improves housing
Jordi Amela, Director of Renovation at the Barcelona Housing Consortium

Housing Renovation Programme with a Social Purpose
Jordi Cuyàs, Strategic Projects Coordinator at Vilafranca del Penedès City Council

Housing renovation through urban planning tools
Núria Parlón, Mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet

Activating empty housing through renovation
Helen Williams, Director of Empty Homes National Campaigning Charity, London

Block 2: Mechanisms for tackling gentrification

The transformation of residential use and replacement of the population with new collectives
David Bravo, Consultant Architect at Barcelona City Council

International experiences of regulating tourist accommodation in the cities
Antonio Paolo Russo, University of Rovira i Virgili

Anti-gentrification policies in Berlin
Andrej Holm, urban sociologist and former Secretary of State for Housing in Berlin

Population replacement and renovation processes
Antonio López Gay, researcher at the Centre for Democratic Studies

Afternoon talks

Block 3: Challenges of creating affordable rented housing

Challenges of having a stock of affordable housing
Javier Buron, General Manager for Housing at Barcelona City Council

The experiences of affordable housing associations
Jeroen Van Der Veer, Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations

Generating a stock of affordable housing by reclaiming empty homes
Patricia Val, Managing Director of the Basque Government's public rental company Alokabide

Tenants’ unions: a mechanism for safeguarding rights
Barbara Steenbergen, International Union of Tenants

Block 4: Collection promotions and new housing models

The challenges to generating a new housing access model in the city
Vanesa Valiño, Cabinet Chief of the Councillor's Office for Housing at Barcelona City Council

Collective strategies for bringing empty homes back into use through collective projects in Europe
Eva Morales, architect

Elderly cohousing, a new housing model with services
Paloma Rodríguez and Victoria Lerroux, Trabensol-Social Community Centre for Elderly People

An alternative view of housing construction
Anupama Kundoo, architect

Experts' opinion

Gentrification in Barcelona

Antonio López Gay

Centre for Demographic Studies

Housing associations

Javier Buron, General Manager for Housing at Barcelona City Council

Jeroen Van Der Veer, Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations