What is wohnbescheinigung and do I need it?

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We are looking for an apartment to rent in Bochum, so I contacted a rental company to see some of their apartments. But, the person on the told me to obtain "wohnbescheinigung" otherwise they would show us no apartment! 

 

I googled the term, and I think it is a type of certificate showing you are a low-income person residing in Germany (or something like that).

However, at the moment I'm a doctoral student having stipend and also wissenschaftlicher contract, and later on, I will be employed as a wissenschaftlicher mitarbeiter. Also, currently I have a study residence permit (if it is important).

 

So, do I need this certificate? because a few years ago when I checked the conditions regarding any social benefit or the Kita costs I didn't belong to the low-come category!

 

 

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32 minutes ago, bobMorane said:

So, do I need this certificate?

If you want that apartment: yes, looks like you do. Otherwise you don't. The question is if you qualify for it.

 

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because a few years ago when I checked the conditions regarding any social benefit or the Kita costs I didn't belong to the low-come category!

Check again? The amount is currently 19.350 Euro per year for a household with 1 adult. You may be able to deduct some things (some taxes, pension and health insurance payments). It's not about what you do, it's about how much money you earn.

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9 minutes ago, sneaker said:

The amount is currently 19.350 Euro per year for a household with 1 adult. 

 

Where can I check the thresholds? any website? For instance, what about two adults and a child?!

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44 minutes ago, bobMorane said:

Where can I check the thresholds? any website? For instance, what about two adults and a child?!

That info is on https://www.muelheim-ruhr.de/cms/uebersicht_ueber_einkommensgrenzen_und_bruttoeinkommen_in_nrw1.html, for example.

 

It says the limit for a 3-person household is €29,370. There's a note that a WBS certificate can also be granted in exceptional cases if you exceed the threshold by less than 5%.

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1 hour ago, bobMorane said:

 Also, currently I have a study residence permit (if it is important).

 

In your profile it says EU, why do you have a study permit?

 

Citizenship is important not only for questions regarding immigration issues, but also for questions with respect to eligibility for certain types of welfare/social services.

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13 minutes ago, El Jeffo said:

That info is on https://www.muelheim-ruhr.de/cms/uebersicht_ueber_einkommensgrenzen_und_bruttoeinkommen_in_nrw1.html, for example.

 

It says the limit for a 3-person household is €29,370. There's a note that a WBS certificate can also be granted in exceptional cases if you exceed the threshold by less than 5%.

Should I apply for each city separately? I don't live in Bochum now, but want to rent a place there.

So, do I have to apply exactly to the WohnenAmt in Bochum or it doesn't matter in which city I obtain it?

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You should apply for the WBS at the city hall of the place you live now. A certificate issued by one city in NRW is valid throughout the state (but not outside it).

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Another question!

Based on my previous contract (past few years), I'm eligible for WBS. But, if we consider the future one (starting from 1st June), then I won't be!

 

Now that I'm applying for it, I'm still employed by my previous (still current) employer. Does it mean that I can ask for WBS and I have a chance to obtain it?

 

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I've heard that obtaining WBS may take up to several weeks, and the landlord wants it before we move in (mid-June).

Any idea how we can facilitate that?

 

 

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