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RENTING IN SPAIN

Where are the cheapest places in Spain to rent a two-bedroom flat in 2022?

How much does it cost on average to rent a two-bedroom home in each of Spain’s 50 provincial capitals? What are the cheapest and most expensive cities? And how much have rents gone up since inflation began to rise exponentially in Spain? 

Where are the cheapest places in Spain to rent a two-bedroom flat in 2022?
The cheapest coastal cities to rent a home in Spain are Huelva and Almería. Photo: Antonio Espa/Unsplash

Renting a two-bedroom apartment in Spain cost on average €690 a month in early 2022.

For those whose rental contracts are linked to Spain’s Consumer Price Index, the average rent for a normal Spanish home was €731 a month in April 2022, €41 more, as landlords can often increase rents in accordance with rising inflation.  

READ ALSO: Can my landlord in Spain really put up my rent due to rising inflation?

There are however huge differences in rental rates between Spain’s 50 provincial capitals, which can add up to thousands of euros a year. 

Spain’s leading property search portal Idealista has compiled data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute to show where tenants can expect to pay most or least for a two-bedroom home. 

The most expensive cities to rent in Spain are San Sebastián and Bilbao in the industrial Basque Country of northern Spain, where average rents are currently €901 a month. 

In third and fourth position are Barcelona and Madrid with €875 and €848 a month respectively.

Then Palma, the capital of the popular holiday island of Mallorca (€795 a month), the Basque capital of Vitoria (€774/month), Pamplona in Navarre (€689/month) and the eastern coastal city of Valencia (€689/month). 

Rents in cities popular with tourists such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Alicante, Málaga and Cádiz have average rents for a two-bedroom home of between €640 to €580 a month. 

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, there are very reasonable rents to be found in the provincial capitals of Spain’s interior, such as Teruel, Cuenca, Ciudad Real, Zamora, or Palencia, or in the green Galician cities of Ourense or Lugo in the northwest corner of Spain. 

In such cities, you can expect to pay from €425 to as little as €371 a month in rent, less than half the rate of big cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao.

The cheapest coastal cities to rent a home in Spain are Almería and Huelva at an average €504 and €477 a month respectively. 

Below is Idealista’s breakdown of rent prices in Spain’s provincial capitals, showing the updated average rent in April 2022, the increase caused by the CPI rise and the average cost for renting a two-bedroom home in January 2022.

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What the Euribor rise means for property buyers and owners in Spain

The rise in the Euribor interest rate, used to calculate mortgage payments in Spain, is causing big changes in the mortgage rates.

What the Euribor rise means for property buyers and owners in Spain

Looking to buy property in Spain? Already a homeowner here? Well, you may have heard something about rising interest rates recently.

Or perhaps changes to the terms of your mortgage. Or the Euribor – but what is it, and what’s going on?

What is Euribor?

In Spain, Euribor is the interest rate most often used to work out mortgage payments and to calculate both variable and fixed rates.

It is anchored to the interest rate set by the European Central Bank, and, as we are now seeing, quite responsive to global economic events.

It’s the interest rate that banks in the Euro Zone use to lend to each other, so when the base rate goes up, the Euribor does too, which sends mortgage interest rates across the Eurozone rising. 

Rising rates

Most Spanish mortgages with variable rates normally vary based on a variety of factors, but this number has been rising and in May 2022 saw figures of 0.240 percent (Tuesday May 17th), well above the average. 

The rises throughout May are leading many in Spain, and indeed across Europe, to wonder how high their mortgage rates can go, and when the rises will stop.

Banco de España has estimated that the increases could range from anything between €35 a month to an additional €400. Bankinter predicts the Euribor rate will finish the year at a staggering 0.40 percent, but, more encouragingly, Caixabank’s prediction puts it at just 0.13 percent by the end of 2022.

On Euribor.com.es, a website that tracks the index on a daily basis, they suggest that the market consensus predicts the Euribor will finish at around 0.3 percent at the end of the year, but could reach as high 0.8 percent in 2023.

All of them agree, and most other economic indicators suggest, that whatever the figure at the end of the year, it will remain positive, so it seems almost certain that mortgages will continue to rise throughout 2022 at the very least.

This instability, in addition to global inflation and supply chain problems, could mean that mortgage rates will be affected at least until 2023, with some predictors even signposting 2024 as the possible end of a rise in mortgage prices.

With things uncertain in the mortgage industry, and the world economy more broadly, perhaps you’re thinking of ways to try and insulate yourself from the climbing interest rates.

How to protect yourself from the rising rates

One way to weather the storm of interest rate increases is to change your mortgage from a variable to a fixed rate, either by negotiating with the your bank or by changing bank altogether – a process known as subrogation.

According to data from MyInvestor, during March and April the number of subrogations has started to rise.

Subrogation basically means switching the mortgage from one bank to another to change its interest rate. Although it does involve certain charges in order to do so – you pay the valuation of your house, which normally costs a few hundred euros, and a fee charged to the bank you are leaving, which can cost up to 2 percent of the outstanding amount – it could, and probably would, work out cheaper than paying the hiked interests rates over time.

You could also try and take out a new mortgage with another bank and use the borrowed money to settle the loan. This is, of course, a more expensive option as you have to pay the appraisal, the commission for early repayment of the current credit (again, up to 2 percent of the outstanding amount) and the expenses associated with its cancellation of registration, which normally runs to around €1,000.

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