A list of documents you need to rent a flat

Having the required documents ready when renting a flat in Berlin is important. We compiled a list of documents you should have when meeting landlords.

This post was last updated on October 15, 2020
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This is a list of required documents to rent a flat in Germany:

  • A cover letter saying who you are and what you do. Landlords prefer long-term rentals so you should make it clear that you intend to stay for a longer period of time. You want to leave a good impression. The cover letter is where you can raise sympathies with the landlord.
  • Copy of your passport or your identity card.
  • Proof of income: copies of bank slips from the last three months proving that you have positive cash flow from a salary or similar. Self-employed people should add a copy of their last tax declaration.
  • Proof of rent payment: you always paid the rent on time? Let your former landlord fill out this proof of rent payment template to prove that you are a reliable tenant.
  • If possible a letter from your employer about the end of the probation period. This signals to the landlord that you have a stable job contract.
  • A rental guarantee (Mietbürgschaft). Useful in case you don't have a stable income but parents or somebody else who can vouch for you. You can download a template for a rental guarantee here. This is required when students want to rent a flat in Berlin.

Credit score

The Schufa is the leading German credit score agency and has become the standard for credit reports in Germany. A Schufa file is created automatically for you once you register at the Bürgeramt, when opening a bank account or for a cell phone contract.

You have a few options to get your credit score:

Make at least 20 copies of these documents and take them with you when visiting flats in Berlin. We wish you good luck!

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