Are you looking for an apartment to live in?
One of the great difficulties for many immigrants is finding a place to live that suits their needs. In general, it is always easier to find apartments for Germans than for foreigners, since being a city that has grown in recent years, always for reasons of communication, many apartment owners will feel more confident with someone local. But at the same time the demand for apartments by immigrants is quite high, so in most cases the owners are used to it.
In any case, the difficulty always exists more than anything because of the demand, and logically when there is a lot of demand, although the real estate market in Germany has certain regulations, prices may be a bit high for many immigrants, all students or young professionals.
Prices vary by area as anywhere, prices are a bit higher in the center of the city or south, and lower prices can be found in the west, or in districts such as Bad Cannstatt and its surroundings. The important thing is to get located between the first to the third zone, the further you are located, the transport to the city will be higher.
Here some points that you must take into account to rent an apartment.
Initially many people pretend to find an apartment before arriving in the city, unfortunately this is almost impossible and is not recommended, especially because the owners prefer to meet the person before handing over the apartment to someone and signing a contract, so if you are looking for an apartment you will have to have a little patience, review options before arriving in the city, but without a doubt it is better to look for a temporary place initially and then start the search already being in the city, so you can visit and meet with the owner or manager and discuss different points.
At the moment of requesting interviews to see available apartment, it will not be strange the extreme request of personal documentation, mainly your contract of work with the local company, it could be income statement, bank account, including your curriculum vitae informing about your work experience, profession and all personal information. The request is often quite excessive, especially the best quality apartment. If your German language is not the best to fill the application, you will probably be in German classes, so a help from your teacher would be very good training, otherwise if your application is completed poorly, it is very likely that You are invited to see the apartment.
The contracts are generally quite similar, you should take into account that there is always a bond to sign the contract, this bond can be equivalent to two or three months of the cost of the rent. That is an additional cost that you should be quoting that you will have to pay and not recover until the contract ends or you cancel it. Also if you get an apartment with an intermediary, the intermediary may charge you up to two months' rent for your service, so try to have direct contact with the owner to avoid another excessive cost.
It is important to clarify very well in the contract certain details, such as furniture that will be included in the kitchen, many apartments already have the kitchen fully furnished, although there are also apartments that you will have to carry at least the refrigerator. Take into account that there are always additional expenses that include water, gas and garbage collection service, these expenses are always variable, usually also depend on the square footage of the property.
At the time of signing the contract you must also register with the mayor of your district, this procedure is very important and is free, you can ask your municipality what types of benefits you will have as a resident of the district, as some districts include for example service collection old furniture once a year.
Also in case of having a vehicle and not having a garage, you will have to request a public space in the mayor's office, unfortunately in Germany having a vehicle is quite simple so the demand for spaces to park vehicles is high, there are cases where to obtain A space will take months and you should look to pay some private space or leave your vehicle away from your apartment. So a serious advice to take advantage of the efficient public transport system of the city and try not to have a vehicle if it is not extremely necessary.
Among the additional costs you should take into account that this gas consumption is included, but this expense can be increased since the gas company will measure your consumption in the middle of the year and usually you will always have a surprise with an additional charge. In the same way, there is an open television service, which even if you do not use television, or even have television, is mandatory.
The prices of the apartments are varied depending on the area, although to have a price parameter, you can make the account that prices range from 10 to 20 Euros per square meter, so if you finally get an apartment where you pay 10 Euros per square meter you can be sure that you found a very good option, with a price well below the average, and if they are more than 20 it is not a good offer.
Finally remember that the responsibility of renting an apartment is relatively large, if you are studying or if you have a trial contract, think better about starting in a VG, which are shared houses with other people, where contracts and procedures are much simpler .
Here we show you some of the internet pages where you can search for an apartment or rooms available.
LIVING IN GERMANY
ENTER IN GERMANY
Demands on immigration matters.
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Office for people belonging to the European Union
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Mandatory social security
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