Contracts and Duties

There are several important things that students should remember about the rental contract.

All contracts are legally binding. Read it thoroughly and make sure you understand everything written in the contract before signing it. Do not sign a contract for housing you cannot afford.

For the apartment you have to pay a security deposit in addition to the rent. This deposit is paid only once for the apartment and is returned to you when you vacate the apartment. It is very important that the apartment is always kept clean and well-maintained. As the isolation in the apartments is very good, it is important to air the apartment at least once a day (especially in winter) to avoid mildew. The deposit will not be repaid fully if the janitor / Hausmeister finds damages, stains, etc. in the apartment. When you move out you normally need to paint the apartment.

The cleaning and maintenance of the apartment has to be done by you. There will be no maid or servant who comes to clean your apartment. Also for those who have to pay utility costs (e.g., electricity) separately, be aware that excessive usage of water, electricity or heating will cost you extra. Always make sure that you turn your gas, heater, and lights off when you leave the apartment.

When you move into your apartment, make sure you go and see the janitor / Hausmeister within the first couple of days during his working hours. Introduce yourself and ask him to change the name tag on your apartment door, your bell and your mailbox.

Meeting the Hausmeister is also good in case you lock yourself out. Only if he knows you, will he open the door for you, although this service is only available during his working hours. Otherwise you will have to call a locksmith service, which costs up to EUR 200.

Locksmith services:

  • Tag & Nacht Schlüsseldienst Schmitt GmbH (Phone: 0631-3606300)
  • Lauterer Schlüsseldienst Schierlinger (Phone: 0631-13505)