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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.

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Three new municipal sites leased for non-profit organisations to build public housing

15/11/2023 - 16:51

Housing. The renovation of a housing block in Barceloneta, the construction of a block in Trinitat Nova, and the construction of a new cohousing building in Font de la Guatlla.

A boost for the alliance between social housing foundations and cooperatives with the lease of three new municipal sites in the neighbourhoods of Barceloneta, Trinitat Nova and Font de la Guatlla, to build protected housing. The process comes within the context of the agreement signed with non-profit organisations to enlarge the public housing stock, a move which has already added 16 future blocks with 600 flats: 402 rentals and 198 cooperative homes.

The Commission for Economy and Tax has given the go ahead for leaseholds of 99 years for the following sites:

  • The building at Passeig Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona, 44-45, in Barceloneta (Ciutat Vella). The site will be leased to the foundations Hàbitat3 and Salas, who will be tasked with renovating it. The building will have 18 homes with affordable rents.
  • The site at Carrer de Palamós, 55-63, in Trinitat Nova (Nou Barris). A block of 59 homes with affordable rents will be built here by the foundations Grup Qualitat and Factoria de Somnis.
  • The site at Carrer de Gessamí, 13, in La Font de la Guatlla (Sants-Montjuïc). A building of 8 cooperative homes will be built here by the cooperative La Xarxaire.

The rental flats will be awarded to people on the Barcelona Register of Applicants for Officially Protected Housing and, in the case of cooperative housing, to members of the cooperative.