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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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Fees for municipal nursery schools, music schools and the Conservatory cancelled

18/03/2020 - 15:23

The measure will be in place until centres can reopen and has been taken due to the exceptional situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Barcelona Municipal Institute of Education (IMEB) will not be charging fees for nursery schools, music schools and the Music Conservatory until they can reopen. The measure affects nearly 11,400 students enrolled at the centres.

The IMEB will not be charging schooling or dining hall fees for municipal nursery schools until they can reopen, due to the exceptional situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. School days which can not be offered at municipal music schools and the Municipal Music Conservatory will not be charged for either.

The amount corresponding to school days which can not be offered in March will be discounted from the next payment taken, whether for schooling or for school dinners, in the case of municipal nursery schools.

The IMEB has sent a message to all the families of students informing them of the measures.

In all, Barcelona’s 101 municipal nursery schools provide service to 8,400 infants, the 5 music schools to 2,450 children and young people, and the Municipal Music Conservatory to a total of 547 enrolled students.