What is it?

This report certifies that the applicant has adequate housing that meets habitation requirements regulated by Act 14/2012 (DOGC of November 2, 2012).

What is is for?

The Adequate Housing Report is required for:

  • Applying for family reunification.
  • Renewal of residence permits based on family reunification, when there has been a change of home address since reunification was granted upon initial housing.

 

Who is eligible?

Non-EU foreign nationals who are registered in Barcelona and hold a renewed residence permit. Application is allowed under exceptional circumstances.

  • If the applicant is not a non-EU foreign national:
    • Spanish citizens who are legal tutors of a foreign minor who was not born in Spain
    • Family member of EU foreign national who is no longer bound to an EU spouse or partner (annulment, divorce, cancellation of registration as a partner), and can allege to be in one of the following situations (officially certified):
      • Married for 3 years, with at least 1 year in Spain
      • Holds the custody of children of an EU citizen
      • Has been granted the right to visits with children of an EU citizen
      • Family member of EU foreign national with a permanent residence permit.
  • If the applicant does not hold a renewed residence permit or in process of renewal:
    • Researcher who is reunifying the family while applying for a residence and work permit for research.
    • Highly qualified employee who is reunifying the family while applying for a residence and work permit for highly qualified employees.
    • Holder of an EU long-term residence permit who is reunifying the family while applying for long-term residence permit in Spain.
    • Holder of residence permit based on exceptional circumstances, with a child who was not born in Spain and has been at school for more than two years.
    • Holder of a student residence permit who want to change their situation (and that of their family) to a residence and work permit.
       
  • Exceptional cases where the applicant's status is based on family reunification:
    • Reunified individual with a long-term residence permit
    • Individual who was reunified by an ascendent and wishes to reunify a child born in Spain.
    • Individual who was reunified by a descendent and wishes to reunify a child who is a minor or disabled.

How to apply

  • Request an application at any Citizen Help and Information Office.
  • Once the application has been filled in and signed, it must be submitted at any Citizen Help and Information Office (OAC) along with the required documents:
    • Personal:
      • Applicant's Foreigner's Identification Card (NIE) and expired card (should this be the case)
      • Applicant's valid passport (copies of the pages with personal data and expiry date)
      • Paid fees set by the Generalitat
    • Housing:
      • If you are the owner:
        • House deed registered at Land Registry or in the stage of processing
        • Last receipt of payment for water or electricity bills
        • If you are a renter or tenant:
          • Tenancy contract, which must be valid for at least 12 months from the date of application
          • Last rent receipt
          • Last receipt of payment for water or electricity bills
        • Other circumstances:
          • Housing arrangements other than renting or ownership, based on contract relations or legal entitlement to the use of housing.
          • Document as evidence of legal entitlement to housing must be provided (work contract specifying use of housing, public deed acknowledging entitlement, etc.)

All documents must be certified copies. These may be submitted as legally certified copies, or as originals or copies for legal certification.

Once all the paperwork is received, City Council will schedule an appointment for an interview with the applicant in order to check prerequisites for drawing up the report proposal.

Term of Validity

The report is valid for 3 months from the date of the signature on the report provided by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Please note that a housing report cannot be requested for another family unit at the same home address until after a year from the provision of the previous report.

What does the report certify?

  • Legal entitlement to housing occupancy.
  • The number of individuals officially registered at the home address.
  • The number of individuals to be reunified.
  • The number of rooms in the home, and what they are used for.

 

This report is sent together with the application to the Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Families of the Generalitat de Catalunya, which has a deadline of 30 working days (as of the date of registry) to determine and notifiy the applicant of the resolution.

Notifications are delivered as SMS text messages, with details of the office where the resolution can be retrieved. In the event it cannot be retrieved in person, it will be sent by certified post to the applicant's address for notifications.