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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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Grants for interior renovations improve people’s living conditions and, therefore, contribute to defending the right of citizens to decent housing.

Renovation to dignify housing

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to maintain housing in good condition, to prevent infection and to facilitate and improve living conditions in the event of possible confinement.

NOT AVAILABLE. Registration closed from 16/12/2020.

Do you want to know how to apply for a grant for interior renovation?

In these drop-downs, you will find the requirements and necessary steps to request this grant. The application can be submitted to any Barcelona Housing Office.

Who can apply for the grant?

Beneficiaries of this grant may be individuals or legal entities that own a free market home, place the property at the disposal of the Barcelona Rented Housing Pool, and meet the requirements of the call.


What conditions apply to the grant?

In the case of applications to incorporate a home into the Rented Housing Pool, the concession of the grant is conditional on the inclusion of the home in this programme for a period of five years. Compliance with this condition must be certified by the competent authority of the Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation of Barcelona. Failure to comply with this condition will result in the refusal of the entire grant solicited.

What are the programmes and grants?

Actions for homes to be included in the Barcelona Rented Housing Pool.
Obtaining habitability


  • Actions aimed at housing compliance with Decree 141/2012 of October 30.

Adaptation of the interior facilities of the home and improvement of habitability

  • Adaptation to comply with current regulations of water, electricity and gas pipeline networks.
  • Renovations for energy improvement.
  • Renovations to improve habitability.
  • For homes that are included in the Rented Housing Pool, improvements to habitability of both bathrooms and kitchens, and those necessary to ensure that the home complies with the standards of the Rented Housing Pool, shall be considered necessary actions.


Adaptation of the internal mobility of the home

  • Levelling of slopes from the street access to the foyer of the building.
  • The demolition, widening or adaptation of doors and corridors.
  • The extension of stops.
  • The improvement of accessibility conditions in existing elevators.
  • The construction of ramps.
  • The installation of an elevator in a building with less than four floors.
  • Exceptionally, the installation of vertical elevator platforms.
  • Replacement of a bathtub by a shower.

Energy improvements and sustainability

  • Improvement of the interior insulation to improve the energy demands of the homes and ensure acoustic comfort.
  • Incorporation of solar protection at openings.
  • Changing of enclosures (window panes, balcony doors, other exterior enclosures, entrance doors, etc.).


How is the grant applied for?

The following documentation must be submitted:

  • Application for registration and technical report.
  • Accreditation of the applicant and the property.
  • Responsible statement certifying that the recipient does not breach any of the obligations to receive these grants.
  • Construction permit, technical report or company budget, depending on the type of renovation.
  • In the case of properties for the Barcelona Rented Housing Pool: report from the Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation of Barcelona which shows that the home has been included in the Pool.

At the beginning of construction:

  • Notice of the start of construction.
  • The construction permit must be in force for the entire period of construction.
  • Application for the grant according to the standard model.

When finishing the construction:

When is the application period to apply for these grants?

This grant is not available. The period for submitting applications was opened until 29/11/2019. Applications can be submitted at any of the Housing Offices of Barcelona.

In the case of a favourable result, the application for grants and for the start of construction must be submitted. Construction must be initiated within a maximum period of six months.

The notice of the end of construction must be submitted within thirty days from the date certifying the end of construction, and it must be accompanied by the necessary documentation. In the event that the grant application was not submitted together with the start of construction, it must be submitted with the end of construction.

Additional information

Given that this benefit is a public subsidy and involves capital income, the beneficiary must present his/her personal income tax declaration (IRPF), which must include the amount received.