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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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International consultation before tendering the public-private operator for affordable housing

25/07/2018 - 16:17

Housing. The consultation is a preliminary step before the public competition to award 50% of management to a private partner.

The setting up of a metropolitan operator for rented housing is a step closer, with a consultation of the international market to look at the legal, economic and technical conditions for a public-private model for managing affordable housing.

The consultation is a preliminary step, ahead of the public competition to award 50% of the management to a private operator. The other 50% will remain in the hands of the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and Barcelona City Council. The consultation period will run from July to September, the aim being to gather as much information as possible to lay the best foundations for the tendering process.

The participatory process has an international reach and represents an unprecedented housing model in the Spanish state, although widely operated around the EU, where private sector investment in affordable housing is commonplace. Because of this, the consultation is intended to compile expert opinions from consolidated companies in public-private cooperation.

The company Habitatge Metròpolis Barcelona SA (HMB), currently entirely public, will be transformed to become the future public-private alliance operating in Barcelona and the metropolitan area. The alliance is expected to create and manage around 4,500 homes with affordable rents.


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