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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.​

Agreement with the public banking system to fund public and cooperative housing

28/07/2022 - 17:35

Housing. Thanks to this credit line, foundations and cooperatives will be able to build and renovate a thousand flats for social housing and co-housing projects.

The Official Credit Institute (ICO) and the Catalan Finance Institute (ICF) are to open up a credit line for 140 million euros, allowing foundations and cooperatives to build and renovate 1,000 flats for social housing and co-housing projects on municipally owned sites in a maximum period of ten years.

The funding will cover the entire cost of projects, taking into account taxes and not including the land. As a rough guide, in 2022 the threshold will be 120,000 euros per flat. Organisations will be able to return the sum over a period of up to 30 years.

Projects wishing to access this credit must be: environmentally sustainable, use building materials which pollute very little, have a maximum energy efficiency rating and offer below-market rental prices.

Boost for the third sector, cooperatives and public housing

The deal is very significant for the magnitude of the sum involved, establishing public-private collaboration which guarantees:

  • Public ownership of land
  • Boost for rents and co-housing
  • Support for non-profit operators, helping them get access to funding.