Renting a house in Germany is not the easiest thing, so it can be difficult to look for an apartment on your own due to ignorance of the German language, local laws and peculiarities of mentality.
For example, you will definitely need documentary proof of your solvency, since the Germans like to rent housing for a long time and trustworthy people.
To prove that you are a decent person, you can use a paper with a complex name SCHUFA-Bonitatsauskunft, which will confirm that you have no delays on regular payments in Germany.
Landlords are also likely to want to know:
- How many people will live together with the main tenant;
- Where and by whom the tenant works and how much he earns (a certificate from work indicating salary and bonuses for the last six months or a year will be an advantage).
The competition for rental housing in Germany is quite high, so be prepared for the fact that you will probably have to look for the best option.
In Germany, there is a rather unusual way of marking housing, without understanding which in the ad it is difficult to understand what kind of apartment, in fact, is for rent. The number of rooms and the letter Z or Zi are indicated, to which an abbreviated abbreviation about additional features of housing is added.:
K - kitchen
B - bathroom
D - corridor
T - terrace
DT - roof terrace
B or BLK - balcony (the same letter as the bathroom, but the abbreviation of housing first indicates a way to wash, and then, if available, a balcony)
D - shower (the same story - first a way to wash, then the presence of a corridor)
AK or AR - storage
room GWS - additional toilet
SZ - bedroom
WG - veranda or winter garden.
That is, a one-bedroom apartment with a kitchen, a corridor and a bathroom will hide in the ad behind the abbreviation 1ZKBD, a two-bedroom apartment with a bathroom and a balcony will look like 2ZBB, and a three-bedroom apartment with a shower, a corridor, a winter garden and a roof terrace - 3ZDDDTWG.The cost of renting an apartment:
it depends on the city and consists of two parts: monthly payment and prepayment for utilities. It is normal practice to pledge for rented housing in the amount of 2-3 monthly payments, but it is better to put them in a special savings account, rather than give them in cash.The cost of utilities:
it ranges from 50 to 250 euros per month, but, on average, in the country it is 50-70 euros (this includes heating, fire insurance, garbage collection and other expenses for general maintenance of the house). Electricity in the apartment, telephone and Internet are paid separately!
Housing prices vary greatly depending on the region and start from about 400 euros per month. It is most expensive to rent an apartment in Munich.Where to look for housing: