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23 Aug 2017
A security deposit must be paid to the landlord.
The deposit would typically equal 2 or 3 months ‘cold’ rent (rent without heating and utility costs).
Landlords are not allowed to charge more than 3 times the net cold rent as a deposit and the deposit must be paid into a bank account to which neither party has access.
The deposit is returned to the tenant after they vacate the apartment.
Should there be any damage to the property, the landlord is entitled to deduct this from the deposit.
In addition to the security deposit, many landlords will ask to see your last 3 pay slips.
They want to ensure that you are financially able to pay the monthly rent.
A copy of your employment contract may be suffient if you do not have payslips yet.
Most landlords will also ask for a SCHUFA certificate.
This is a certificate that is usually issued by banks (or post offices in some cases) and it will prove that you do not have any debt from previous tenancies.
It is best to try to obtain the SCHUFA before you start looking as they take a while to come through and may delay proceedings.
Once you have found an apartment, it is very important that you get your Anmeldebestätigung (residence registration).
You will also need this to get a tax and social security number. This is a piece of paper you receive from the local authorities to say that you have an official address in the city.
You get it from one of the many ‘Bezirksamt’ offices.
You will need take the following with you to obtain this document:
• A copy of your rental contract (Mietvertrag) in order to prove you have an official address.
If you don’t have a rental contract yet and are staying with friends, then get them to write a letter to co
firm. This is called a Bestätigung.
They will need to include; your full name (as it appears in your passport), your passport number and the date you moved into their property.
Here is a link to a fantastic blog that will offer further advice on how to complete the form, where you need to go and other things to be aware of: http://www.moneyticketspassport.com/where-are-we-now/germany/anmeldebestatigung/