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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 technical office to oversee the Covid-19 emergency closes down

27/05/2020 - 13:27

COVID-19. The office oversaw the installation of field hospitals and tasks carried out at elderly people’s homes.

As the crisis scales down and the number of Covid-19 hospital admissions drops, the office set up to coordinate the response to the health emergency has now closed down. The technical office was a combined effort between the Barcelona Fire Service, the City Police, other municipal services and the various Ministries of the Government of Catalonia.

From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and over the weeks that followed, the technical office set up by Barcelona City Council to tackle the emergency oversaw procedures and protocols in coordination with all the city’s municipal services and the Government of Catalonia.

The office handled the installation of the four field hospitals and hotels used as medical facilities to provide back-up for Barcelona’s main hospitals, as well as action taken in elderly people’s homes and other tasks.

The Barcelona Fire Service conducted 179 disinfection tasks at elderly people’s homes, as well as carrying out 4,728 quick tests on senior citizens and staff and advising on 241 contingency plans for prevention and action to combat Covid-19.

During the different stages of lockdown, the City Police and the Barcelona Fire Service have kept working to protect people and respond to any type of emergency.


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