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Barcelona Accommodation Long-term
Finding a nice flat to rent in Barcelona is not easy, so this list of contacts, rental agencies and real estate agents will help.
Long-term accommodation is, more or less, any term longer than six months. A standard long-term rental contract in Barcelona is valid for three years, with a minimum term that the tenant must fulfil of six months. Although some owners still ask for a minimum term of one year.
Tips for renting accommodation
I recommend at least one trip to Barcelona (if you don’t
already know the city quite well) to find the areas that you like. Even if
you’ve visited Barcelona before, chances are you know all
the tourist areas, but have less information on good residential
- Agents charge one month’s
rent or 10% of the annual rental cost as their fee, and it's the new tenant that pays that fee. There's VAT on top of that at 21%.
- It's normal to pay two months' rent as a deposit and
one month's rent in advance. Whatever your rental budget is, multiply that
figure by four and that's roughly what you'll need to rent a flat.
- On one of your reconnaissance trips to the city, meet some
estate agents to develop a relationship. Better still arrange to visit some properties, even if you're not quite ready to rent.
- Open a bank account in Spain as soon as possible, preferably before you move. It’s
much easier to be able to transfer money across to Spain before
you arrive rather than having to wait for it to clear. To open a non-resident's account all you
need is an address and your passport.
- If time is a problem and you can't easily get to Barcelona to search for accommodation, why not use a Barcelona flat finding service. By the time you've paid airfare and a hotel, it can actually work out cheaper to pay someone else to search and organise viewings for you.
Flats for Rent in Barcelona
Below are some recommendations for long-term rental agents in Barcelona. Some of the rental agents listed below specialise in short-term accommodation, but they're listed here because they also rent flats for the long-term and/or have monthly rentals.
Spotahome.com is an online booking platform for medium to long term housing in Barcelona and several other cities in Spain and Italy. Our team checks all the properties in person, makes video tours, photos, floor plans and our own descriptions in English, so you can make an informed decision before booking online.
Our multilingual customer support is always ready to help with any information you may need before and after your arrival, or to find the perfect place for you.
Spotahome is the easiest, fastest and safest way to book your next home in Barcelona before you arrive to the city.
ChicRoom Properties – Accommodation in Barcelona
ChicRoom Properties offers a superb choice of fine accommodation, with an emphasis on style and comfort. Whether you're looking for medium term rentals, long term apartment rentals in Barcelona or properties for sale, the ChicRoom Properties team will be happy to help you find the perfect accommodation. Our philosophy is not to have the most apartments in Barcelona, but the best value apartments, and we are proud to be offering our services since 2005.
Visit our website, which can be viewed in five different languages, to find luxury apartments to suit all needs and budgets. We have a centrally located office in Barcelona with an international team of relocation and accommodation experts who love helping make your stay and finding your new home in Barcelona the best experience possible.
Tel: +34 933 682 107 or +34 647 841 911
Click&Flat – Long-term Flats Barcelona
Click&Flat have good quality apartments for rent in Barcelona. Their main focus is holiday rentals, but they also have a selection of flats that are available to rent for the long-term. As flats are fully equipped this can be an ideal solution for new arrivals in Barcelona.
Flats are modern and stylish, with an individual design. Their website gives full details of each flat including a description of facilities, location map and a series of photographs – and can be viewed in English. The terms and conditions are also clearly displayed.
For long term rentals, it might be best to contact Click&Flat directly to see what they have available.
How to Rent in Barcelona
How to Rent in Barcelona is my ebook explaining the rental process in Barcelona and Catalonia. By understanding the system, you will be much better prepared to find and rent the right property. It includes:
- English-speaking agents for you to contact
- What you will need to pay: fees, deposits, etc.
- Your responsibilities when renting
- The reservation process
- An explanation of a standard rental contract
Find out more ...
Rebecca is the agent for an owner who renovates and rents flats in Barcelona. They have
buildings in the Sant Pere, Barceloneta, El Raval and Grácia areas
of Barcelona. Rebecca is English and speaks Spanish. I have
met her several times, have viewed some of the properties, and can recommend
her as someone to contact.
These flats are a good deal because the price, usually in the region
of €700 - €1200, includes all bills (except the phone) and internet. The flats are fully furnished and fully equipped, so are ready to live in. The minimum rental term used to be six months, but now flats are available for monthly rent as well, with a slightly increased price on any term shorter than six months.
Rebecca doesn't have a website, so send her an email or give her a call to see what she has currently available. She will send you photos and a description for each flat.
Mobile: +34 639 283 443
This is a website which lists properties for rent for the long-term. Many property agents and owners advertise their flats here. It has property listings throughout Spain and the Barcelona section is very comprehensive.
You can search within each district in Barcelona, and for rental properties by size, price, number of rooms, etc. Each property listing usually includes several photos and sometimes even a video. You will need some level of Spanish though when phoning to enquire about flats or to make viewing appointments.
David Oter Lopez runs a small rental agency – Fincas Oter – in Sant Gervasi, close to the Putxet ferrocarril stop. He rents flats in a few buildings in this area and I currently rent my flat through this agency. Sant Gervasi is not central Barcelona, but using the Ferrocarril it takes 10 minutes to reach Plaza Catalunya.
You need to speak Spanish to deal with this agency. He doesn't have a website, but advertises his flats on the Cole Administradors website (see below), so it's probably best to give him a call and see what he has available.
Tel: +34 93 418 8774
fotocasa is another very good website for finding long-term accommodation. However, the site is in Spanish and you will need to be able to speak at least some Spanish in order to talk to the owners and agents that post properties here.
Many estate agents use this site (as well as idealista.com) to promote their properties rather than maintaining their own websites. Detailed information is given on each flat for rent, including photographs.
Col•legi d'Administradors de Finques de Barcelona - Lleida
If you can speak Spanish or Catalan
this website is a good resource for finding apartments for
rent in Barcelona. You can search for flats (as well as shops,
offices and parking etc.) in Barcelona as well as other locations
The site gives an extensive search facility, you can search by rental
price, district, size of apartment, etc; you can include variants such
as central heating or atico apartment. This site is used by many small independent estate agents (fincas) to advertise their flats for rent, many of which you won't find anywhere else.
Flats advertised here are aimed at Spanish nationals rather than tourists, so prices tend to be a little lower. I found my current flat using this site.
The Col.legi d'Administradors de Finques now have a separate website for listing properties:
Rooms in Shared Flat – Long-term
Single and double room available to rent in a very nice flat in Sant Gervasi (close to Muntaner Ferrocarril). The flat is a large flat of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is access to a large terrace.
Very sunny apartment, with central heating, equipped kitchen and in a very nice part of Barcelona. Bed linen is included, and rental price includes cleaning of the room and changing of bed linen.
Please call for availability (English, French and Spanish spoken).
Contact Edwige on +34 620 535 437 or +34 93 200 3435
Classified Ads for Accommodation in Barcelona
Here are some of the most popular online classified listing for Barcelona rental properties. Loquo.com is definitely the best one for finding flats, particularly if you're looking for shared accommodation – rooms for rent, but it also list flats for rent.