Ein Wohnhaus mit vielen Wohnungen ist zu sehen. Vor dem Haus steht ein blühender Baum. © Goethe-Institut

Looking for accommodation

Are you looking for accommodation? Many newspapers have a section advertising accommodation, usually on Friday or Saturday. You can also find housing adverts on the paper’s website. There are also websites specifically for property. The housing office in your town or community will often help you look. In some regions it is easy to find housing. In others it is very difficult to get accommodation. In that case an estate agent can help you: if he finds housing for you, you have to pay him. Normally an agent receives a total of 2 to 3 months rent as commission. 

Ein Schlüsselbrett mit vielen Schlüsseln hängt im Eingang einer Wohnung. © Goethe-Institut

Tenancy agreement

All information about the rent and deposit is in the tenancy agreement. It also tells you whether you need to redecorate the premises when you vacate them. It also gives you information about your notice period. You often have to sign a handover certificate when you move in. This certificate details whether anything in the apartment is defective, for instance. Then you and the landlord know for certain that it wasn’t you who broke it. Read the tenancy agreement and the handover certificate carefully before you sign.

House rules

Don’t want conflict with your neighbours? Observe a few rules: normally 10pm until 7am is quiet time. In other words you must not make very loud noises between these times. On Sundays and bank holidays there is quiet time all day. In Germany there are different refuse bins for paper and cardboard, fruit and vegetable waste and for other waste. You have to take glass, tins and electrical appliances to special collection points or containers. You will find all the other rules in your house rules. For instance: are you allowed to keep a dog or cat in your accommodation? Or do you have to clean the hallway or pavement in front of the building?

Eine Person putzt ein Treppenhaus in einem Wohnhaus. © Goethe-Institut

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