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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

Housing offices only offer face-to-face assistance by prior appointment, so check out the “Housing calls you” service here to receive the most appropriate personalised assistance. If you also need assistance in energy rights, book an appointment with an energy-advice point (PAE) by clicking here. On the other hand, if you reside in an IMHAB public dwelling you can consult our contact, management and processing channels here.​

Ayudas a la rehabilitación de interiores de viviendas para incorporar en la Bolsa de Vivienda de Alquiler de Barcelona


Beneficiaries: People who are owners of a property on the free market, which they make available to the Barcelona Rental Housing Stock.

Maximum amount of the grant: €20,000

Administration that awards the benefit: Barcelona Housing Consortium

Details of the aid

Renovate your apartment thanks to the Barcelona Rental Housing Stock

Make the most of the advantages provided by the Barcelona Rental Housing Stock. Rent your apartment with the City Council and enjoy a grant to renovate the property of up to 100% of the amount of the works, up to a maximum of 20,000 euros.

The following actions are subsidised:

  • Obtaining the habitability certificate
  • Adaptation of the interior installations of the property and improve the habitability
  • Adaptation of the interior furnishings of the property
  • Energy and sustainability improvements

To carry out this process, it is necessary to make an appointment with the personalised service “Housing Calls You”. Staff will advise you over the phone about all the available processing options without the need to visit an office in person. If you can only do it in person, you will be given an appointment to be seen at any of the Barcelona Housing Offices.

What do you need to know to apply for this aid?

In these drop-down menus you can find the requirements and steps to follow to request this aid.


The call is aimed at people who are owners of a property on the free market, which they make available to the Barcelona Rental Housing Stock.

Natural or legal persons that own a property on the free market may be the beneficiaries of these benefits.

Beneficiaries can also include members of groups of natural or legal persons, public or private without legal personality, that are owners of a property on the free market.


Beneficiaries must comply with the following requirements:

  • Applications filed by interested parties must be processed by the Technical Direction of Action Plans for Dignified Use of Housing.
  • Housing that has been used for tourism and that is incorporated in the Barcelona Social Rent Housing Stock due to an agreement with Barcelona City Council to reduce a fine imposed as a result of using the housing for tourism purposes without authorisation, cannot receive these benefits.
  • Nor can legal persons that are bound by a higher law to offer a rental agreement or other public right obligation based on general interest, to occupants of a property that is at risk of being lost.
  • The formalised rent agreement must be for at least one year, extendable up to five years. Should the aforementioned rent agreement be terminated within the first two years, the beneficiary of the benefit will be obliged to formalise a new rent agreement with the mediation of the Barcelona Rental Housing Stock for a minimum of one year extendable up to five years for properties of natural persons, and one year extendable up to seven years for properties of legal persons.


1. In the application for registration and technical report:

Applicant’s accreditation:

  • Spanish identity document, Spanish foreigner’s identity document or tax code of the person signed the application.
  • Documentation accrediting the representation of the entity or person in whose name they act.

Property accreditation:

  • Non-certified extract from the Land Registry corresponding to the housing mentioned in the application, as well as the legal titles that accredit the lawful occupancy of the housing that is proposed for inclusion in this benefits programme.
  • Spanish identity document, Spanish foreigner’s identity document or tax code of each of the owners.
  • Appointment, if necessary, of a representative of the owners for the purpose of processing the application (standardised form).

Statement of compliance (CAT), on a standardised form, which includes detailed information on whether the property developer:

  • Is up to date with tax and social security obligations.
  • Is not found to be in any of the circumstances provided in article 13 of the General Benefits Law 38/2003 of 17 November.
  • Has applied for or received other benefits for the same action, in which case the amount of the benefit requested or, if appropriate, obtained is indicated.
  • Can deduct the taxes that encumber the cost of execution of the works (VAT).
  • Has requested a works permit.

Technical documentation:

  • The application for the works permit, procurement of the permit, the design project, as well as payment of the permit fees will be automatically consulted.
  • If it is not mandatory to provide the design plan for the permit, or procurement of the permit is not mandatory for the action:
    • Technical report, with the description of the works to be done and complementary and necessary attached technical documentation depending on the type of action for which the benefits are requested.


  • Regarding actions for the conditioning of the utilities networks, it will be enough to provide the company quote mentioned in the following point, descriptive documentation of the installation and a descriptive sketch of the communal areas affected by the passing or elimination of the utilities.
  • Quote from the company that does the works (CAT), duly itemised, as well as the envisaged technicians’ fees. For minor contracts, it will be necessary to provide three quotes and a letter from the president, secretary or administrator explaining the result of voting on the accepted quote.


2. Upon starting the works:

  • Notification of the start of the works (CAT) as per the standardised form.
  • If the benefit applicant has endorsed it to the industrialist or developer responsible for the works and the latter has discounted it from the applicant’s contributions, the corresponding endorsement document (CAT) must be provided.


3. Upon finishing the works:

  • Notification of the end of the works as per the standardised form.
  • Original and copy of all invoices and receipts duly issued, that justify the expense incurred. The transfer of the benefit in favour of the contractor will have the same effects as a receipt.
  • The invoices and receipts (CAT) provided with the notification of the end of the works will be the only one borne in mind when calculating the benefit.
  • To justify the protected quote, any of the following documents may be provided, as well as the invoices:
    • Receipts
    • In the case of deferred payments that are due after the justification deadline provided in article 43 of the Regulatory Bases.
  • Direct debit document. This document can only be provided together with the payment request.
  • Final completion certificate issued by the competent specialist.

Amount and term of the application

The benefit will be 100% of the cost of the action, up to a maximum of €20,000 per property (VAT included). The minimum amount that can be subsidised will be €500. The benefit will be paid via wire transfer to the bank account indicated on the ban account information form.

Currently, the call is not open.

More information

Further information can be found on the website of the Virtual Procedures Office.