Rental Scams in Barcelona

Rental Scams in Barcelona

Barcelona, Relocation
In general, always follow the old adage that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Recently, through documented as well as empirical experience, rental scams in Barcelona are on the rise. This trend, of course, is not exclusive to Barcelona, but it is among the highest level of scams around Europe. There are many types of scams, but in general, the following are the most common: You see the apartments in photos on some web-age and everything looks and sounds great. However, when you request to see the apartment, you will be told that you can see the building and neighborhood on your own, or even with the agent, but since the owners live far away they require a refundable deposit to send you the key. Then…
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Barcelona – New Resident Checklist

Barcelona – New Resident Checklist

Barcelona
In general, it is best to contact us directly to better assess your situation, as well as the particular requirements in order to live and work in Barcelona. However, in general, if you are not a Spanish citizen, and moving to Barcelona, you need to know the following: Rental/Home-purchase agreement: oddly enough, you do not have to be a legal resident first, or even buy property, in order to rent or buy a home. In fact, you need proof of residency, such as a lease, in order to register as a resident: “Empadronamiento” Certificado de Empadronamiento: you will need this document to prove that you are a resident, as well as to apply for the identification number needed for most things. The process is relatively simple. You just need to…
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The Catalonian Situation requires sound Project Management!

The Catalonian Situation requires sound Project Management!

Barcelona
It goes almost without saying that both the pro-independence movement, as well as the status quo, has yet to establish the correct message regarding their goals. In fact, aside from the obvious: “leave Spain” or “stay in Spain,” the goals have not been clearly communicated, therefore, the situation for both groups lack scope, schedule, cost, risk assessment, communication (of course,) and, most importantly, stakeholder management. Now you might say that the status quo group does not require anything since they are not proposing a unique product, result or service. However, just in the way that a company has to develop a project to address advancements in technology, a lawsuit from the outside or any corporate risk, so must the politicians, as well as other “sponsors” of remaining in Spain, should…
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Uncertain Times in Barcelona (16 October 2019)

Uncertain Times in Barcelona (16 October 2019)

Barcelona
Regardless of which side you’re on: “Independence or no independence,” the bottom line is that the current situation is negatively affecting the quality of life, as well as the general psyche of the people in Barcelona; and this is occurring in a large scale and impactful way. If you just take into account the time, energy and money being spent on protests and counter-protests, including additional police, security details, and so on, you can appreciate the investment being made in something that is destructive in so many ways. Those funds, efforts, work, and energy being used could easily and best be applied to improving infrastructure, helping the homeless, improving education and so on. Though I still love this city and enjoy walking around, it is very disconcerting to see cops…
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L’Eixample

L’Eixample

Barcelona
Tucked in the middle of the city, right above the Ciutat Vella district, lies the Eixample district, which consists of the following neighborhoods: Esquerra de l”Eixample, which includes the Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample and L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample; Dreta de l’Example; Sant Antoni and Sagrada Familia. Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample This neighborhood stretches from Plaça Espanya to Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, from west to east, and from Diagonal to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes from north to south. It is, generally speaking, a middle class to an upper-middle-class area with shops and businesses scattered on pretty much every block. The Arenas Shopping Mall is located at its southwestern corner. And just north of the mall is Joan Miró park. One of the largest and best-known recreational areas in Barcelona.…
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Sants-Montjuïc

Sants-Montjuïc

Barcelona
This is the westernmost district of Barcelona, as well as one of the largest. It is comprised of the “Sants” neighborhood, among a couple others, around the train station by the same name, “Sants Estació,” as well as the “Montjuïc” area, which lies just south of Plaça Espanya and Pral-lel and is home of the museum of art, including the beautiful grounds around it, and Castle Montjuïc, which is an old fortification overlooking the Mediterranean. The district also extends down to the water, which includes the port and industrial area known as Zona Franca. So let's start with the Sants area first. There are some good places to live around here, but a large part of the district around the Carrer de la Creu Coberta (aka Carretera Nacional N-340,) which…
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Les Corts

Les Corts

Barcelona
The Les Corts District encompasses the following neighborhoods: Les Corts, Pedralbes and La Maternitat i Sant Ramon. It is located in the northwest corner of Barcelona just north of Sants and east of Sarrià. The Pedralbes neighborhood is actually the most expensive one within Barcelona city limits; and famous for this fact. Les Corts This neighborhood is bordered on the south by Carrer de Madrid, on the west by La Maternitat, on the north by Diagonal, and on the west by Avinguda de Josep Tarradelles. For the most part, it is a very upscale neighborhood with lots of great shops, restaurants, bank buildings and some of the most well-known hospitals in the city. Additionally, the jewel in the crown of this neighborhood – at least for some of us –…
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Gràcia

Gràcia

Barcelona
This neighborhood is tough to describe geographically since it is shaped sort of like the head of a giraffe eating a flower. In any event, the neighborhood boundaries are Carrer de Rosselló to the southeast, Carrer de Sardenya to the northeast, Carrer de les Aigues to the northwest, and approximately the Avinguda de la Republica Argentina to the southeast. Generally speaking, it is a small, hilly neighborhood and more or less an upper-middle-class neighborhood. The famous Gaudi-designed Casa Vicens and Parc Güell are both located here, as are other landmarks. The denser and busier area of this neighborhood is located between Travessera de Dalt and the Carrer de Rosselló at the southern corner. It is an area filled with commercial streets, apartment buildings, parks, and other green areas. One of…
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Ciutat Vella

Ciutat Vella

Barcelona
This district is at the heart of the city, including the oldest parts of the metropolitan area. It consists of three neighborhoods: El Raval, Barri Gótic, La Barceloneta, and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera. The latter is a small peninsula adjacent to the Barri Gótic. This part of the city, if you look at it on a map, is a rather odd-shaped polygon. It is bounded by the following streets: Ronda de Sant Antoni, Ronda de Sant Pau, Paral-lel, Carrer de Pelal, and the famous La Rambla. It is basically a small section east of La Rambla and includes the mini-peninsula called Moll de Barcelona, which offers shipping and ferry service to other port cities in the Mediterranean. Though el Raval is located in a prime location and…
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Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Barcelona
This district is located north of Diagonal and between Les Corts (Pedralbes area) and Gràcia. Approximately 60% of this district is located in the Parc Natural de la Serra de Colleserola. The majority of the residential and commercial part of this neighborhood is located between Ronda de Dalt and Diagonal. In general, the population here is upper middle class, which means rents and property prices are on the higher end of things. Additionally, the streets here are relatively narrow and buildings are relatively dense. Personally, even though it is a great neighborhood, my personal feeling is that the area is a bit too claustrophobic. The Via Augusta is one of the main arterials in the area, and a gateway to the weekend escapes to the northern part of Catalonia. Additionally,…
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