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1. Some factors to be taken into account.
Barcelona is a coastal city characterised by very hot summers and cold, wet winters. Therefore, finding an apartment that has adequate insulation as well as heating and air conditioning, is essential. You may have to pay more for such apartments, but the air conditioning is necessary for keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
2. If you find an apartment you like, don't wait too long.
Due to the state of the rental market in Barcelona, when you see an apartment you like on the Internet or anywhere else, make an appointment as soon as possible. Arrange for a viewing and talk to the owner or estate agent about the terms and conditions. Take all the time you need, and if, you are finally happy to proceed, pay a deposit to reserve the property. As apartments won't be available for too long, take the opportunity to make a reservation right after the viewing.
3. Do not overlook the renovation or unfurnished apartments
If you find a good apartment in Barcelona with either of these two specifications, think before dismissing it. Firstly, you will be able to negotiate the rental price during month that renovation takes place. This is also a perfect opportunity to get the building refurbished to your liking.
4. Do not overlook the outskirts of town.
The price difference between a rental apartment in the centre of Barcelona and one in the outskirts can be up to 40 per cent. In addition, there are usually no traffic or parking issues. This is a better alternative if you have family.
The bottom line is, the rise in Barcelona's rental market is making it increasingly more difficult to find a good apartment. However, if you put your trust in professionals like those who are part of Engel & Völkers, this task will much easier. Contact us and we will be happy to advise you and help you in everything you need.