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    Deborah Etim
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    Berlin is one of the biggest cities in Germany. Finding accommodation in Berlin is quite competitive but it is possible to get one in no time. To do this, some measures must be taken to get the best out of your search. In this post, we’ll share some tips on how to get accommodation in Berlin.

    You need to get some documents available to enable your search. The following documents/requirements must be met when searching for accommodation in Berlin.

    • Passport or ID card

    • Proof of Income. This is a required document but can be waived off if you do not have a steady source of income. However, you must present this document called Bürgschaft or Mietbürgschaft. The document is a letter of attestation, where a guarantor signs for you. This shows that your guarantor is willing to pay your rent if you are unable to do so when it is due.

    • Schufa is simply a credit report showing your credit records. This is not necessary for some accommodation companies, but it is mandatory for others. You can get one here or by going to a Postbank or Volksbank to request one.

    • Mietschuldenfreiheitsbescheinigung is optional. It serves as proof that you do not owe your former landlord. Nobody wants to rent an apartment out to a potential debtor.

    • Application form. You may be required to fill one, depending on the accommodation agency you use.

    • Bank Account. You need to open a bank account because you can only pay via bank transfer, not cash or cheques.

    Once you have all these, you can proceed to search the following sites for suitable apartments within your budget.

    There are also Facebook groups with thousands of members, where you can search for accommodation like Flats in Berlin and Apartments/Roommates in Berlin. These Facebook groups are private so you have to send a request to be able to join and view the listings.

    You do not need to pay an agent fee if you found the apartment on your own, you only have to pay if you used an agent. Watch out for scams, we will make a post about scams when looking for accommodation. Most listings online are scams. Do not make any deposit before you see the apartment, we suggest you use a valid housing company site, like the ones listed above to find accommodation.

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