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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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The Barcelona City Council hands over the remaining keys to the affordable rental housing in Torre Baró

31/05/2023 - 16:51

Housing. With the first keys delivered in March, the building is located on Avda. Escolapi Càncer now welcomes ten more neighbors, adding to the twenty who were already living there.

On Wednesday, May 31st, ten families awarded the building located at Avinguda Escolapi Càncer, 10-12, have formalized the contract and signed for their respective homes at the offices of Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation of Barcelona.

The ten assignees who will soon move into their respective homes join the twenty who already received the keys on March 30th, in a ceremony held in the building’s vestibule.

The newly constructed building consists of officially protected homes under social rental schemes and is located in the neighborhood of Torre Baró, one of the thirteen that make up the Nou Barris district, in the northernmost part of the city.

The new home of the awardees consists of a basement, ground floor, five upper floors, and a flat roof, along with a spacious vestibule where all the dwellings are located. Additionally, it is a highly energy-efficient building, thanks to the rooftop solar panels, the use of aerothermal energy, the two adapted low-consumption elevators, and the patio or vestibule that serves as a climatic atrium.  

Both the ten awardees who will be living there and those who initially received the keys have been able to access the homes through the open call in the Barcelona Social Housing Applicants Register, where they were all registered.