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Flathunting in Munich? Approach with Kaution!

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2011 at 1:34 am

Moving to Munich from another country is no easy task. For one thing, if you are not particularly adept at German, you will be at a significant disadvantage when it comes to negotiating a rental contract, and could be more likely to be subject to intimidation and exploitation at the hands of ruthless landlords. Munich, in contrast to Berlin, doesn’t have a surplus of housing, which can make finding a suitable flat a bit of a nightmare.

I would suggest that prospective tenants try to avoid going through a letting agent if possible (unless you have money to burn), as they may be convenient and can usually find accommodation relatively quickly; however, they frequently charge prospective tenants exorbitant finders fees. Some agencies will charge monthly fees to landlords registered with them, the cost of which will be added onto your rent.

Some comprehensive and useful househunting websites include:

http://www.studenten-wg.de/

http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wg-zimmer-in-Muenchen.90.0.1.0.html

http://muenchen.studenten-wohnung.de/

Be prepared to pay!

The widespread practise of charging both a Provision (bond) and a Kaution (deposit)  can make the initial cost of moving quite a shock. It’s not unusual for landlords in Munich to ask for up to 3 month’s rent in advance for the Kaution – even for a short term let! Sometimes you can bargain your way around this, but be prepared for a struggle.

You should also be aware of NB or Nebenkosten which are additional costs that will be added on to your monthly rent.

Below is an extract from an excellent blog I found which further explains some of the costs tenants should look out for:

  1. Kaltmiete und Warmmiete–these translate to “cold rent” and “warm rent.” What’s the difference? Cold rent is the actual rent of the property without any utilities or other costs (building and grounds maintenance, trash service, etc.). Warm rent includes those costs. Naturally, it’s the cold rent that’s listed on any website and it sort of reminds me of the trick most airlines do where their ticket prices appear cheap but you have to pay for your luggage and meals separately…it’s a way to get their number to show up higher on a list when searching for the lowest fares. Why separate the two? Well, it makes a difference in two other calculations which are explained next.
  2. Kaution–Us Amerifolk know this as “security deposit” so, in a manner of speaking, this is nothing shocking…until you see how much they want. The typical deposit is 3 monthly rents! Not just first and last up front, but 3 months plus first month! Fortunately, the Kaution is calculated using the “cold rent” which makes it a little easier to digest, but such a large lump-sum like that can make moving a very expensive proposition. Of course, you’ll get (most of) that money back when you move out, so it’s not really an expense in the true meaning of the word.
  3. Provision–And then there’s the exact opposite of the Kaution: the agent commission. This money simply thrown away. It’s money paid to the agent for posting the apartment on a website, making a few phone calls, and maybe showing you the place. This amount varies, but I have seen it equivalent to 2.38x monthly rent plus 19% VAT. That’s basically another three-months worth of rent but, unlike the Kaution which puts your money on hold until you leave, youcan simply kiss the Provision goodbye.

So, bearing all this stuff in mind, I’ll wish you good luck! keep checking on the most square metres you can get for your Euro!

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Munich’s Best Bars

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 1:06 am

Tambosi


Located immediately adjacent to the Hofgarten, opposite Odeonsplatz U-Bahn station, Munich’s oldest coffee house (est. 1775) is a beautiful place to sip a cup of heisse schokolade and relax. The atmosphere of the coffee house is great, with outside seating overlooking the Residenz if the weather is fine, and magnificent, elaborate decor inside, should you need to shelter from the cold. Be prepared for a bit of a wait for service during High Season –  this place can get very busy!

Roosevelt


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A stylish and sexy ‘smoking club’ which in practise means you pay a nominal fee for a membership card, and can come back to the bar whenever you like. The atmosphere is surprisingly unpretentious given the location of the venue, which offers reasonably priced drinks, and a fantastic array of  scotch.

Photo courtesy of: http://www.deutscheseiten.de/img/veranstaltungen/1266847882C521.JPG

Thierschplatz 5
80538 München, Deutschland
089 21578300

U-Bahn: Lehel#1


Oktoberfest Wiesn!

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm

oktoberfest 2

Despite having been here in Munich for over two years, I managed to remain an Oktoberfest virgin until yesterday

Hope this year’s beer festival was as good for you as it was for me!


See: CULTURE

for the Munich Expat Oktoberfest Virgin’s diary.

Photo: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/


Pomp and Ceremony in Monaco Di Baveira

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 5:11 am

Marisa Deale explores the magic of Munich.

In contrast to Germany’s capital city, which strives to embrace diversity and the contemporary, Bavaria’s capital is far more measured, more cautious and considerably more Conservative. Whilst Berlin provides a cacophony of visually stimulating art and architecture, here in Munich the emphasis is on post-war restoration to maintain the original character of the city. This attempt at cultural preservation avoids Berlin’s jarring juxtapositions, whilst boosting tourism to the city. It seems like a smart move.

See: CULTURE