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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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More investment to guarantee the quality of the power supply

20/04/2021 - 15:15

Energy. Endesa is to invest 43.2 million euros in the city, increasing its 2021 budget by 30%.

The electricity company Endesa is to invest 43.2 million euros in the city in 2021, in line with the investment plan agreed with the City Council to improve and guarantee the quality the power supply. Of the total amount, 27.4 million euros corresponds to specific investment for this year, an increase of 30% compared to 2020, while 15.8 million corresponds to ordinary maintenance.

The investment plan, included in the City Plan 2021 and developed in the context of the working group set up at the end of January to study the power cuts of recent months, is based around three main spheres of action:

  1. The construction, renewal and improvement of the power network (high, medium and low voltage), to make it more resilient against possible incidents and weather phenomena. The action planned includes the renewal of underground cables linking the sub-stations of Sants, Hostafrancs and Mata, the renewal and extension of casing at 271 transformation centres and an additional 27 kilometres in medium voltage cabling to strengthen low voltage infrastructures on the grid.
  2. The digitalisation and development of new technologies to cut resolution times from incidents and minimise the effects for customers. In this respect, the intention is to automate 34% of the medium voltage grid by the end of 2021 and implement the LARS digital system to automatically localise any network failure so that power can be restored.
  3. The maintenance of the power grid, with constant inspections and reviews through a predicative, preventive and corrective plan for sub-stations and power distribution centres supplying the city, high-voltage, medium and low-voltage lines and the respective transformation centres.