The Day-to-Days - The Pain of finding an Apartment in Berlin, Germany

in life •  last month

Maybe Thanos was right - we are overpopulated. Therefore I am not able to get a roof over my head in Berlin :(

Ever since I arrived back in Berlin, I've been on the apartment hunt. And it's hell. The amount of people looking for accommodation is insane. Germans, foreigners, families, singles, couples, students - at every viewing there are at least 20 people (if not less) and they generally organise more than one viewing per house.

Enjoy my rant.

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On top of the competition, there is also the fabulous German bureaucrazy - pun intended. Basically, to apply for a house, you need a minimum following documents:

  • Registration
  • Proof of Bank Credibility
  • Proof that you've paid your rent before
  • Proof of Income

Which summed up, doesn't sound that bad, but just let me explain this to you with the following example.

You're moving fresh from a foreign country to Berlin, you love it here. You want to get a house to live in as you found a job. Now, to apply for a house, you need to be already registered in Berlin. But to get registered, you need a house. And subletting does not count.

Furthermore, you need a German Bank Account for the so called SCHUFA. This checks if you've been paying like a proper cilivian, have no debts etc. Sounds reasonable. But to get a German Bank Account, you need a registration address.

You just started your job - it's great. But German bureaucracy needs three months of paycheck to prove your steady income. And on top of that, you need to prove that you've been paying your rent before.

So to get actually an apartment, you need an apartment already to apply. So then where the fuck do you start?

And let's say, you got a shit sublet for the time being - a roof is a roof. You've been going to viewings, but the renters don't pick you as your documents aren't as organised as all the Germans who applied too.

Kill me.

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Can't you show the documents of the time you were staying in Berlin before?
And how did you manage to get a house earlier?

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Without the registration it's still hard :l Also my previous landlords didn't bother to respond haha

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That's bad of 'em! :/

And how did you manage to get a house earlier?

You didn't answer^ :|

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It was a sublet. So through sublet platforms. Now we want a place of our own.

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Do you want to rent mine for half a year from November? Prenzlauer Berg prices though... :(

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Maybe I could also help out with a room til then for your papers etc. Find me on telegram if you need help!

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you're a good person ;) i knew i liked you.

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Well, I’ve been there... plus I want to move to Thailand after Steemfest so this would be a win-win :)

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:D:D:D

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Oh my, I will hit you up!

The Bureaucrats obviously would not pass Proof-of-Brain.

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Definitely not... Unfortunately

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Malaysia always welcomes you back 😆 but still good luck on your hunt! Hopefully, you'll find a good one soon.

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Aah thanks. And I shall definitely keep it in mind for the future! Who knows :D It's still my plan to travel with @things!

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DOn't you dare mentioning Thanos!!! :D

Joke aside, you are so right, this is such a mission to get a place to rent in lots of countries in Europe, especially when you are nomadic!
Maybe we should create a rental agency on the block chain!!!