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Move in

Moving in and out The WelcomeCenter staff will be happy to provide you with more information on finding your future home in person. You can also find some interesting information on this subject at Rents & rental agreement Once you have found a suitable apartment, the rental agreement is signed. This is an important document […]

Move in

Moving in and out The WelcomeCenter staff will be happy to provide you with more information on finding your future home in person. You can also find some interesting information on this subject at

Rents & rental agreement Once you have found a suitable apartment, the rental agreement is signed. This is an important document that regulates many details of the tenancy. We recommend that you read the rental agreement carefully before signing it. Pay attention to the following important items in the rental agreement:

  • Amount of rent and the deposit
  • Amount of ancillary costs (particularly important: heating costs)
  • Duration of the rental agreement
  • Renovation obligations
  • If applicable, graduated rent (rent that automatically increases periodically)
  • If applicable, brokerage commission

It is also important to note that rent is paid cashless. This means that you need a bank account to pay your rent.

In order for your move to be successful, you should plan it well in advance. You can easily rent vans or hire a removal company to transport your furniture.

One rule that you may not know from your home country is the one on legal rest periods. They are intended to protect the night’s rest from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Moving your telephone and internet If you have a landline telephone number and/or an internet connection at home, you should cancel or transfer it in time before you move. Please contact your telephone or internet provider before you move.

Moving your telephone and internet If you have a landline telephone number and/or an internet connection at home, you should cancel or transfer it in time before you move. Please contact your telephone or internet provider before you move. Registering in the new place of residence After moving, it is not only very important that you put your name on the mailbox and bell of your new flat as soon as possible, but you must also go to your local registration office and give them your new address. A delay of meeting this obligation may be subject to a fine. We therefore advise you to change your registration within one week of moving.

Ancillary costs and sewage In addition to the rent, you will usually have to pay ancillary costs (also called service fees), which are settled once a year. They include costs for heating as well as water, sewage and garbage fees. You often pay a fixed monthly amount for the ancillary costs in advance. After the end of the settlement period (typically the calendar year), the balance will be settled.

Electricity and gas If electricity, water or heating gas are not included in the ancillary costs, you must take out a contract with an energy or water supplier yourself. For more information about local suppliers, please contact your landlord. This need to be done in time to ensure that you have electricity, water and gas when you move in.

You can find more information and the relevant authorities in your area here: