Renting a flat in Germany

What do I need to know?

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Finding an apartment is challenging in many German cities. And when you find a flat, there are several tasks and issues you need to consider. In this chapter, you can learn more about your duties and rights as a tenant.

What do I need to know?

How can find an electricity provider?

Why do I have to pay broadcasting fees?

Where can I find affordable furniture and household items?

How can I save heating costs and avoid mould?

I can't pay my electricity bill. What can I do?

Something is broken in my apartment - what can I do?

Which rules do I have to consider?

How can I terminate my contract?

My rental contract is terminated - what can I do?

Where can I seek advice and support?


Tenants are entitled to legal protections in Germany. If you have problems with your landlord, contact a tenants’ protection association (in German: "Mietschutzbund" or "Mietschutzverein"). The staff there can help you with any lease-related difficulties and assist you during disputes with the landlord.