I am amazed and daunted by the fact how difficult it is with accommodation in Barcelona. I am European, (German) working full time. But what is it, I have a "normal" job, do not earn a fortune and where ever I try to find a space to live (kind of decently), its almost impossible, Why? Its not so much the rent (although it is higher) but nobody wants to offer a decent contract! Yes I understand there are many people unfortunately who take their landlord for a ride, because the law here is a bit over protective on the side of Tenants. But ... Where is common sense? If you see that someone simply wants to find a home, get registered, and live a normal life... Where is the Problem?
I came four months ago, have a working contract but can not register my full NIE / Health insurance.. because nobody trusts enough to give me a rental contract.
At the moment, I do not have the cash flow for a down payment with an agency, so this is areal challenge. Hopefully I can solve it because otherwise - I would not be able to stay and that is what I really wish to achieve, building my home here. I am sure I am not alone in this...
Take care and enjoy the summer while still around.