As a rule, tenants and landlords sign a written rental contract, or lease
. With their signatures, both parties agree to abide by the conditions it contains. Some important components are the rent, house rules, and termination protocol
The house rules (Hausordnung)
contain regulations that aim to ensure amicable and orderly conditions in the building. These include quiet hours, use of the laundry room, tidiness of the stairways, and keeping pets.
+ Example of house rules
The termination details for your apartment are dependent on your rental contract. If your lease is cancelled, you have 30 days
to defend yourself at the Arbitration Office (Schlichtungsbehörde). Rental contracts may also be terminated outside the official termination dates
. In this case, however, you must find one, or preferably several, potential next tenants and suggest them to the management. They must be solvent and acceptable to the landlord.
You can obtain legal advice regarding any type of rental dispute at the Arbitration Office (Schlichtungsbehörde
The Tenants‘ Union (Mietverband
) also offers legal counseling to members free of charge.
+ Immoscout24 - Further information on timely lease termination and a sample termination letter
On moving out, the apartment is carefully inspected by both the tenant and landlord. Major and minor damage
is documented in a protocol
. The life expectancy for various components of the apartment is specified in so-called life-span tables (Lebensdauertabellen).
Do not sign the protocol until you are certain that you understand everything and can give your consent.
You can find information on the life expectancy of various apartment furnishings here; a detailed brochure is also available: