Finding a flat to rent in Barcelona is not easy. There are plenty of flats, but it can be difficult to find a nice flat for a good price. Flats rent very quickly too, especially under €900 per month.
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 of 12 months. You can usually leave after six months by paying a penalty of one month’s rent, as long as you give 30 days’ notice.
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 areas.
- 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 you’ll find some information on renting for the long-term in Barcelona. Head off to this page if you’re looking for short-term accommodation.
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.
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.
Renting for the long term
Flats and houses in Barcelona are usually vacant when viewed, so you need to be ready to to make a decision and reserve a property when you find one that you like. Landlords won’t usually keep a flat for you for very long, so unless you want to start paying the rent in advance, it’s best to start your search close to the time that you’re ready to move in.
Documentation needed to rent in Barcelona
You need to be able to prove that you can afford the rent, and the ideal way to do that is to show your Spanish work contract, or letter from your employer confirming that you will be employed. It needs to state the term of your employment and your salary.
If you’re self-employed or have a work contract with a company outside Spain, landlords will often ask you for a higher deposit. A standard deposit is two months (sometimes with an unfurnished flat it can be one month). However, landlords can ask for as much deposit as they want, and I’ve known them ask for up to six months. Your deposit should be returned to you once you’ve vacated the flat.
Reserving your rental property
In order to secure a property you first have to reserve it. This requires paying one month’s rent. If you change your mind you will lose this reservation fee. This fee is deducted from the total amount you pay when renting, and means that the flat is taken off the market, and you can rent it subject to the owner checking your paperwork and accepting you as a tenant.
Tenants now have to pay a tax called ITP when signing a new rental contract. This tax is 0.5% on the total rent, and you have 30 days to pay it after signing the rental contract.
Your rental contract
It’s worth getting a lawyer to look over your contract, or at least get someone to translate it for you, so you fully understand what you’re signing.
When you rent for the long term, utilities are not included in the rent. You have to pay the gas, water and electricity separately. Once you’ve signed your contract, you need to telephone the utility companies and change the bills into your own name and set up payments from your bank account.
Beware of renting flats where the utilities are not connected, as it can take some time to open new accounts and occasionally there is paperwork that you need to show in order to get connected.
Internet won’t be connected, but this is now much easier and quicker to get set up than it used to be. See internet in Barcelona.
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:
• Questions to ask when viewing properties
• What you will need to pay: fees, deposits…
• Your responsibilities when renting
• The reservation process
• An explanation of a standard rental contract
Rooms in Shared Flat – Medium to Long-term
Single and double room available to rent in a very nice flat in Sant Gervasi (close to Muntaner Ferrocarril). The flat has 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 the 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