Finding an Apartment in Germany from Abroad

What are the peculiarities of the German housing market?

Apartments in Germany are usually rented without furniture and often even without a kitchen. Therefore, it is important for tenants to include the cost of purchasing furniture and possibly a kitchen in their budget planning.

Is it difficult to find an apartment from abroad?

Yes, looking for an apartment from abroad can be particularly challenging in big cities like Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg. Unfamiliarity with the area and the inability to attend viewings in person can make the search difficult. In rural areas, the situation is often more relaxed, and the competition is less intense.

Why should I rather rent a furnished apartment?

Renting a furnished apartment saves a lot of money initially, time for setting up, and reduces stress as there are often many new challenges to master in the first months. Providers of furnished apartments are often foreigner-friendly and accustomed to international tenants.

Where can I find a furnished apartment?

A good method is online searching with keywords like "temporary apartment" followed by the city, e.g., "temporary apartment Munich". The first search results often offer a good selection of furnished apartments.

How do I conclude a rental agreement?

Rental agreements are legally binding and should be carefully reviewed. They contain information about the rental period, the monthly rent, the utilities, the deposit and other important terms.

What should I pay attention to in the rental agreement?

It is important to read and understand the rental agreement carefully, especially the provisions on rental period, notice periods, utilities, and liability for damages. In case of uncertainties, do not hesitate to seek legal advice or ask the landlord for clarification.


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