Never Sign a Contract that You do not Understand or Cannot Read“ If your employer does not have a company attorney to assist you, then it would be well worth whatever small charge a local lawyer would expect for interpreting your rental contract for you. This is a far cheaper option than finding yourself paying for items, repairs or cleaning out of your own pocket.
Rental Kitchens or Furnishings“ If you are renting an unfurnished apartment, or an apartment without kitchen furnishings, and you will be renting the items that you need, then make sure to provide your landlord with a list of items and a copy of the rental contract, so that it can become a part of your apartment rental contract. This avoids disputes over property when your time comes to leave. If you should need rental furnishings or kitchens, contact Furniture Leasing Corporation. They can provide brand name, modern furnishings and appliances at competitive prices that can actually make a fully outfitted unfurnished apartment cost you less than a furnished one would.
Signing the Contract and Paying Your Deposit
Once you have everything spelled out for both you and the landlord, and you have agreed on the price, it is time to sign the contract and hand over the deposit amount. The deposit should only be handed over to the landlord at the bank, where there should be a special account for that purpose. This account should require signatures from both you and the landlord in order to deposit or withdraw the money from the account. Landlords should never place your deposit in their personal accounts. If you allow this, then you will have no legal recourse to have your deposit refunded, and no lawyer can help you recoup your losses. In Germany, the purpose of the deposit is to insure you against damage to the apartment, and cleaning fees when you move out. These are balanced against the deposit amount and you are refunded the difference. You are also entitled to any interest earned on the money while it is held in the account.
Remember that heat is not often included in your rental fees, even though electricity and water sometimes may be.
If you rent an apartment where telephone and DSL for internet are included, you can expect to pay substantially more for the apartment. Most apartments do not offer this option anyway, so take into consideration the cost of these services.