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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.​

Measures to tackle the impact of Covid-19 addressed to people living in public housing

Dossier of assistance for people living in public housing

State: NOT AVAILABLE since 30 September 2020

Addressees: Residents of public housing in Barcelona and tenants of commercial premises managed by the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Housing and Rehabilitation

Managing body: Barcelona Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation


Moratorium of payments of public home rents

Families living in housing managed through the IMHAB on a rental basis or other forms of tenancy, such as mortgages of privately-owned public promotion apartments, will not have to pay the instalments of April, May, June July, August and September 2020.

From 1 October the deferred monthly payments will start to be paid and, to make payment more manageable, the IMHAB has established a prorated payment process over the next 54 months. In other words, prorated payments will be collected between October 2020 and March 2025, or within the valid period of the rental contract or any of its extensions or within the valid period of the mortgage loan contract. If necessary it will be reduced to adapt it to the new conditions of each family.

The measure will also apply to commercial premises managed by the IMHAB.

The measure was published in a Mayoral Decree on 30 March and was enlarged by Royal Decree-Law 11/2020 of 2 April, the Mayoral Decree of 6 April and the Mayor's Decree of July 28, 2020.

This moratorium will apply automatically without the users needing to carry out any formality.

If you have any query, you can call 010. For any formality, you can send an e-mail to your district’s housing office or make use of the online channel of the Users’ Area of the IMHAB.

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