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Spanish words - accommodation


Finding accommodation in Barcelona, whether it is a flat or a room in Barcelona can be difficult if you are not familiar with the terms in Spanish because many owners do not speak English.

We have compiled a few useful words and phrases that might help you ask about the flat, the rent, the terms, the contract, the installations, the building and the neighbourhood.

Basics

alquilar = to rent
realquilar = to sub-let
compartir = to share
compartido = shared
agua = the water
gas = the gas
luz = the lights
estan de alta o de baja los suministros? = are the water, gas, electricity "supplies" turned on / off
el suministro eléctrico = the electricity supply
Dar de baja = terminate/turn off
Dar de alta = register / turn on


About the flat/apartment

la superficie = the area (size in sq. metres)
metros cuadrados = square meters
una casa = a house
una vivienda = a home/house
un piso = flat/apartment
una habitación = room
planta = floor ( i.e. planta baja = ground floor)
una habitación doble = double room
amueblado = furnished
salón - living room/lounge
salón-comedor - dining room
dormitorios - bedrooms
el baño = bathroom
aseo = toilet
las luces = the lights
el suelo = the floor
el techo = ceiling
los armarios = cupboards
la ventana = window
los grifos = the taps
calefacción central = central heating
los radiadores = radiators
el calentador = the heater
el aire acondicionado = airconditioning
ventilación = ventilation
los sanitarios = toilet/bath/sink
las puertas = the doors
la lavadora = washing machine
la aspiradora = vacuum cleaner
cocina amueblada = fully equipped kitchen
electrodomésticos = electrical appliances
el horno = oven
la basura = rubbish/trash

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About the contract & price

 

arrendatario o inquilino = renter/tenant
arrendador o propietario = or landlord/owner
el dueño = owner
un contrato = a contract
periodo de alquiler = rental period
precio del alquiler = rental price
pago mensual = monthly payment
el precio = price
el importe del alquiler = the rent amount
el importe de la renta = the rent amount
subir la renta = raise the rent
una reducción de la renta = reduction in rent
la duración del contrato = contract duration
un gasto = an expense
gastos de comunidad = community expenses
los gastos generales = general expenses for building (cleaning stairs/lift etc.)
los gastos individuales = expenses like light, water, telephone, gas etc.
impuestos = taxes
un mes de antelación = a month in advance
la fianza = the deposit
depositar la fianza = pay the deposit
la fianza, equivalente a un mes de alquiler = deposit, equivalent to a months rent
recibo o justificante = receipt
las reparaciones = repairs
las pequeñas reparaciones = small repairs
la entrega de las llaves = delivery of keys
Se puede pactar que.. = you can agree that...

About the area

la zona = the zone/area
el vecindario = the neighbourhood
las zonas verdes = green areas / parks
las tiendas = shops
ruidos de obras = noise from construction works
huele bien/mal = smells good/bad

About the building

el edificio = the building
el inmueble = the building
la fachada = the facade
las escaleras = the stairs
el ascensor = the lift
el vestíbulo = the lobby/hall
la fontanería = plumbing
portero (físico) = porter, janitor, caretaker (person)
portero automático = "doorman" intercom/door=phone
los jardines = gardens
los vecinos = the neighbours

Misc.

costes de instalación = installations costs
instalación eléctrica = electrical wiring
instalar = to install
 

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