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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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Another step in the transformation of Glòries: more public housing and facilities

14/01/2021 - 16:30

Urban planning. The mountainward side of the area will get 562 flats, 35% of them protected, along with three schools and green areas to integrate the different spaces.

The new plan for public housing and facilities on the mountainward side of the Parc de les Glòries includes 562 flats, 35% of which will be officially protected homes, along with three schools and green areas integrating the different spaces. The road tunnels will be open from September, enabling traffic to be shifted below ground and completing the transformation of the space into a green lung for public use, with priority for sustainable mobility.

In all, 197 of the planned 562 homes will be protected. The flats will be distributed around three blocks, each with a maximum of twelve floors (ground floor included), in line with the characteristics of L’Eixample. Shops and businesses will be housed on the lower floors.

As for schools, the Escola Encants and the Escola Bresson Leonor Serrano will remain in their current locations, while the CEIP Gaia will be housed in the old umbrella factory.

The process for the plan should be concluded at the next full council meeting.

Road tunnels in the autumn

The transformation of the seaward side of the park will come once the road tunnels are open, which will also help cut noise and pollution.

The tunnel for outbound traffic is due to open in September and the inbound tunnel at the end of the year.