Searching for a Flat

How can I find a flat in Germany?

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Housing expenses have been rising sharply in Germany in recent years, and living space is becoming increasingly scarce, particularly in larger cities. The situation is better in smaller cities or rural areas, but finding an affordable apartment may be a challenge even outside the large cities. The tips and information which follows will facilitate your flat-hunting and considering them can lead to a better result.

What should I do?

Which documents are necessary for renting a flat?

Where should I search?

Who can help me with the flat hunting?

Beware of scammers and fictitious apartment ads!

Where can I get support for my monthly rent when I do not have any income?

What is social housing?

I want to live in a WG (“Wohngemeinschaft”).

How can I increase my chances of success during the flat viewing session?

What should I consider when signing the rental contract?

What should I do after signing the contract?

When it comes to housing for asylum seekers, recognised refugees, asylum seekers and persons with subsidiary protection, a national ban on deportation or a tolerated stay ("Duldung"), some special rules and regulations apply. As a member of one of the groups mentioned above, you can only move to an apartment or another city after a certain period, and in some cases, you are not allowed to do so at all. Here you learn about the rules and regulations which apply to your housing situation based on the type of residence status you have.

What should I consider regarding housing as a refugee?

Can I move to an apartment?

Where can I move to?

Important

Never pay before signing a contract. If you do not fully understand the contract in German, ask a friend to explain it to you. Make sure that you agree to all terms and conditions specified before putting your signature under any document.