The struggle with German vocab when it comes to relocating.

When you start looking at houses and apartments in Berlin, you might come across some strange vocabulary in both the advertisement and in the rental agreement. A particularly confusing one is the difference between ‘Kalt’ and ‘Warmmiete’, and why you need to know both.

The price difference between Warm and Kaltmiete is called Nebenkosten. The average Nebenkosten in Berlin are around €2.48/sqm (source: Berliner Zeitung), and if the landlord is offering something significantly higher or lower than this, it is important to find out why. If the Nebenkosten are set too low per month, you will have to cover the costs in the end of the year, which can end up being a high additional payment. It always pays to make sure you know the difference between these terms before you sign any rental agreements!

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’Kaltmiete’ literally translates to cold rent and is the basic rent for the apartment with no additional costs included. Using Kaltmiete, you can calculate the price per sqm to compare the difference in rent in different areas.

’Warmmiete’ is warm rent, and is the Kaltmiete plus additional costs such as water, property tax, gas, electricity, and waste disposal services. These costs can vary depending on how many people live in the apartment, seasonal deviation or the property market. This “side costs” are called Nebenkosten in German.

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Now that you know everything about the Warm- and Kaltmiete, you can seriously start looking for an apartment! We have an article to help you with that here, so you can increase your chances to find an apartment quickly!

When you find an apartment it is important to register for the Burgerarmt in Berlin. If you use AiRelo, they can help you in less than 10 minutes. AiRelo helps you fill in the form and once the process is finished, you will receive the completed form in your mail inbox.


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