Flats or houses for rent (Ger. "Vermietungen") or purchase (Ger. "Wohnangebote") can be found:
For an indication of average rental costs, check the rent index (Ger. "Mietspiegel") at the local town hall or tenant associations (Ger. "Mieterverein").
|ZKB||room (Ger. "Zimmer") (could mean a living room or a bedroom) + kitchen (Ger. "Küche") + bathroom (Ger. "Bad")|
|2 ZKBB||2 rooms, kitchen, bathroom and balcony (Ger. "Balkon")|
|EG||ground floor (Ger. "Erdgeschoss")|
|2. OG||second floor (Ger. "Zweite Obergeschoss")|
|DG||roof or loft apartment/floor (Ger. "Dachgeschoss")|
|VH||front of the house (Ger. "Vorderhaus")|
|HH||back of the house (Ger. "Hinterhaus")|
|qm||square metre (Ger. "Quadratmeter")|
|KM||"cold" rent, without heating costs (Ger. "Kaltmiete")|
|NK||ancillary costs, e.g. refuge disposal, street and house cleaning cots, heating and water costs (Ger. "Nebenkosten")|
|WM||"warm" rent, i.e. rent includes ancillary costs (Ger. "Warmmiete")|
Make sure you sign a rent contract (Ger. "Mietvertrag") which contains all the important details, including your rights and obligations. If needed, have it translated before you sign it.
You will usually have to pay a deposit (Ger. "Kaution") of about 1-2 months rent when you sign the contract. Important: The landlord will deduct money from this deposit for any repairs that are needed when you leave, so make sure you look after the flat as though it were your own!
Once you have signed the contract, what do you need to do next? Read here about the first steps in your new home in Germany:
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