Learn basic German words for Apartment application

Currently, finding an accommodation in Germany is difficult considering the shortage of no. of Apartments. On top of that, most often people find difficulty in communicating with the Real estate firms or Landlord and then further proceeding with those complicated paper works.

We gave a serious thought about it and So here are some of the commonly used terminologies compiled by our associates for a typical German apartment search.

  1. Vermieter/Eigentümer – Landlord
  2. Immobilien – Real estate firm
  3. Wohnungsbewerbung – Application for Apartment
  4. Mietvertrag – Apartment contract
  5. Selbstauskunft – Self declaration
  6. Personalausweis – Identity card
  7. Einkommensnachweis/ Gehaltsnachweis  – Income certificate
  8. Bürgschaft – Sponsorship
  9. Schufaauskunft – SCHUFA credit report
  10. Besichtigungstermin – appointment for viewing
  11. Kaltmiete – Basic Rent
  12. Nebenkosten – Maintenance Cost
  13. Sonstige Kosten – Special charges
  14. Warmmiete – Final rent incl. extra costs like Heating, Maintenance charge etc.
  15. Kaution – Caution deposit
  16. Zimmergröße – Size of Apartment
  17. Verfügbarkeit – Date of Availability
  18. Frei ab – available from
  19. Frei bis – available until
  20. 1.OG – First floor
  21. Möbliert – Furnished
  22. Saniert – Renovated
  23. Strom – Electricity
  24. Heizung/Gas – Heater
  25. Astandzahlung/ Ablösevereinbarung – Transfer costs
  26. 1 ZKB (Zimmer mit Küche und Bad) – 1 Bedroom with kitchen and bathroom
  27. Dachgeschosswohnung – Attic apartment
  28. Ausstattung – Equipments
  29. Einbauküchen – fully equipped kitchens
  30. Herd/Ofen – Stove/oven
  31. Parkettboden – hardwood flooring
  32. Laminatboden – Laminate floor
  33. Badewanne – Bathtub
  34. Dusche – Shower
  35. Kühlschrank, Waschmaschine, Spülmaschine, Balkon – Refrigerator, Washing machine,  Dishwasher and Balcony
  36. Keller- Basement
  37. Zentralheizung – Central heating
  38. Aufzug – Elevator
  39. Kabelanschluss – Cable connection
  40. Internetvertrag – Internet Contract
  41. Bewohnerparken – Residential Parking area
  42. Fahrradkeller – Bicycle Parking

These terminologies are intended to help the readers to have a basic understanding about a typical Apartment ad in your neighborhood. Find out more details in this post to prepare yourself with all the relevant documents for your next Apartment search.

Viel erfolg !! we wish our readers all the success with your Apartment hunt!!

Read Here: Check list- before applying for an Apartment
Read Here: All about SCHUFA
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