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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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The design of 300 public rental flats in Glòries is put out to tender

07/06/2016 - 21:17

Housing. City Council is to hold an international architecture contest, with terms and conditions which have been agreed with local residents’ associations.

City Council is to organise an international architecture contest with terms and conditions agreed with local residents’ associations. Apart from choosing the project to define the Special Plan for Urban Improvement (PEMU) in the area, the process will choose four architecture projects for buildings.

In the next few days Barcelona City Council will be announcing an international contest to choose the design for a package of public rental homes to be built near Pl. Glòries. Specifically, the site is at the block between C/ Castillejos, C/ Casp, Pl. Glòries and the Gran Via. The contest will lead to the commissioning of a development proposal to define the Special Plan for Urban Improvement (PEMU) for the area, with 300 homes to be built there.

The terms and conditions for the contest have been agreed with local residents’ associations as part of the Commitment to Glòries signed in 2007 with City Council. The framework of the agreement means the characteristics of the blocks in the Eixample district must be respected, preventing the construction of taller buildings. The adjudication criteria will rate aspects such as the quality of architecture, integration with surroundings, floor layout and energy efficiency.

The contest is open to professionals and teams from any EU country and projects should be presented in a 40 day period following the publication of the terms and conditions.

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