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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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Barcelona City Council signs the land rights for two new cohousing projects

09/05/2023 - 09:32

Housing. The Can 70 project of the cooperative Sostre Cívic, located on Via Augusta in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, is part of the ESAL Agreement, which promotes cooperative housing in Barcelona.

The Barcelona City Council, through the Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation, signed the deed of incorporation of the right of superficies on two properties located in the districts of Sant Martí and Ciutat Vella. The first property is located at c. Binèfar, 26 and is established in favor of the cooperative FEM CIUTAT, SCCL, while the second is located at c. Sant Martí, 12-16, and is assigned to the SALAS Foundation and the Nou Lloc Foundation. 

The transfer of land to the FEM CIUTAT, SCCL cooperative will allow the development of a promotion of 46 official protection homes for rent in the district of Sant Martí in the city.  

On their part, the Fundació Privada Salas per l’Accessibilitat and the Fundació Nou Lloc Habitatge Social, established as a joint venture, will manage the land located in El Raval, with a total of 43 social housing units for rent.

In practical terms, the agreement, formalized at the Barcelona City Council, allows the winning entity to enjoy the right to use the land for 99 years, assuming the construction cost of the building.

Development of the ESAL Agreement

Signed in 2020 between the City Council and the main federations of cooperatives and social housing foundations, the ESAL Agreement is a pioneering mechanism for cooperation with the third sector, in which public land is assigned to non-profit organizations and the transfer of land. This promotes the construction and renovation of subsidized housing for rental and transfer of the right of use (cohousing) through the constitution of surface rights. This is a tool that boosts the growth of the public housing stock, while diversifying the range of agents involved.

The Agreement is therefore an alliance between the Barcelona City Council and the Federació de Cooperatives d’Habitatges de Catalunya (FCHC), the Coordinadora de Fundacions d’Habitatge Social (Cohabitac), the Associació Xarxa d’Economia Solidària (XES) and the Associació de Gestors de Polítiques Socials d’Habitatge de Catalunya (GHS).