Accommodation in Munich
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Finding accommodation in Munich isn't easy, but it's usually worth the effort. Most apartments and houses are comfortable and almost always close to amenities and public transport.
From up-and-coming professionals wanting to immerse themselves in Schwabing's bustling energy, to those seeking a taste for Bogenhausen's upmarket offers, or family-oriented parents looking for Pasing's suburban tranquillity, Munich has a diverse range of accommodation to suit all expats.
Types of property in Munich
The standard of accommodation in Munich is on par with what one would expect to find in most Western European cities. Properties are comfortable and finished to a high standard, but they can be on the small side.
A variety of furnished and unfurnished accommodation can be found in Munich. While shipping furniture is a viable option, especially for expats moving from elsewhere in the EU, generally expats shouldn't have any difficulty buying new items for their home in Germany.
Those looking to live centrally in Munich will find that their choice of property is limited to apartments. Expats moving to Munich with a family will need to consider areas and suburbs further away from the city centre where they'll find more spacious housing with gardens and surrounding open spaces.
Finding accommodation in Munich
Most expats rent an apartment in Munich. However, the process of searching for the perfect home can be laborious and costly.
The first step to finding one is to approach an agent or to subscribe to a website that lists rentals. Local newspapers also contain listings.
Expats who use an agent will need to submit a form that summarises what they're looking for. The agent will contact them if there are any properties that match their specifications and give a time and date for a viewing. They shouldn't be surprised if there are several other people at the viewing, and the trick is to stay professional and express interest immediately. Once they've been short-listed, potential tenants are sent an application form which they should submit on or before time. If their application is successful, they can expect to pay a three-month security deposit upon signing a contract, as well as an agent's fee equivalent to around two months' rent.
Renting property in Munich
After finding a suitable property, expats need to arrange a time to view it with the landlord/agent. Group viewings are fairly common in Munich and it might be a little overwhelming to find as many as 25 other potential tenants viewing the same property.
If interested in a property, expats should express this as soon as possible. In many cases, especially in the more popular areas, landlords will have the pick on applications. As such, expats should ensure their paperwork is in order to complete an application quickly. Usually, applicants are required to provide a copy of their ID/passport, work permit (if applicable) and wage slips or contract of employment. In some cases, expats may be required to provide references from either their employer or previous landlords.
The length of a lease in Munich can vary, but it is usually a year long. Expats should read the document carefully to ensure that they are aware of how much notice they are required to give their landlord should they wish to terminate the contract early. An inventory should also be carried out and any damage to the property noted down formally to ensure that the full security deposit is returned at the end of the lease.