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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 new public call for tenders to boost cohousing

30/05/2016 - 13:58

Housing. City Council is to make six plots of land available to cooperatives to build 115 flats.

Barcelona City Council is to invite tenders for the adjudication of six municipal plots of land in order to boost cohousing projects. The contest is only open to cooperatives working to develop new ways of accessing and relating to social housing.

The sites are located in the districts of Sants-Montjuïc, Ciutat Vella, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris and Sarrià – Sant Gervasi and the aim is build a total of 115 flats managed by cooperatives.

The creation of places for community life is in demand and the municipal government wants to build on that”, noted the Councillor for Housing, Josep Maria Montaner, pointing out that the initiative is particularly aimed at young people and the elderly.

The selection criteria means projects must involve a significant number of communal areas and promote community life, the shared use of basic facilities and the co-responsibility of users in managing them.

There are currently two cohousing projects under way in Barcelona: Can Batlló, which will consist of 28 flats, and a building in C/ Princesa, which will provide 5 new flats.

In the next few months more sites will be made available for the project and there should also be the prospect of including buildings to be renovated and made available via this cooperative ownership model. The initiative is promoted by the Taula d’Habitatge Cooperatiu working group on cooperative housing.


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