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Moving out - how much do I need to renovate?

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Dear all, 

I know this topic has been discussed already, but it appears to me that the last thread is quite old. So I am asking this again. 

We need to move out of our 3 year apartment. When we moved in it was not renovated (except for the walls having been painted) but it was in a good condition. 

I am wondering how much renovation do we need to do upon leaving? My husband tells me there is a new law that says that we don't need to do anything anymore. Is this true? When he says new I assume it is 1-2 years. 

Apart from painting the walls and filling in the holes, the hardwood floor needs to me retouched a bit (my child drew a few lines on it), as well as the counter around the kitchen sink needs to be changed (I think). We can do the first things, the last maybe not. However, I want to know exactly what we are required to do by law. 

Is there a number where I can get more info on this?

Thank you loves. 

cherry

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There are plenty of Mietvereine in Germany where you can get legal advice for fair membership fee. The renovation you have to do depends to some extent on your Mietvertrag and your Wohnungsübergabeprotokoll. To my knowledge, if your Mietvertrag states that walls have to be painted every five years and you lived there for less than five years (as you did) then you are not legally obliged to paint the walls. The last time I moved, I still painted the whole flat out of courtesy because I did not want to have stress with my landlord. If I were you, I would join a Mietverein as there you can receive counsel from specialist lawyers.

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Do join the Mietverein in case there are problems.

 

You might also ask your landlord what she/he expects. Maybe they do reno when you move out and you don't have to do anything. That's what we did with one renter.

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Painting the walls is not a problem. What about renovating the floor (my son drew on it) ?

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What does it say in your contract?

You must be prepared to rectify any damage you've done.

Is the floor actual wood / fake wood / carpet? I'm guessing it can be sanded and easily re-coloured if wood, maybe.

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11 hours ago, Malt-Teaser said:

What does it say in your contract?

You must be prepared to rectify any damage you've done.

Is the floor actual wood / fake wood / carpet? I'm guessing it can be sanded and easily re-coloured if wood, maybe.

 Had the same issue, paid someone to come in and paint ( was new when we moved in and they used flat paint, perfect for marking the walls. Anyways they painted and polished the floor. It was one of the advertisers here, English speaking contractors. Can't remember the name off hand. 

 

 

Some tips I read online somewhere

 

When moving out, the handover procedure is the reverse of when you move in. You meet with the landlord or his/her representative and they do an inspection to see if the property has been returned to the condition in which it was originally rented. The landlord will do an inspection, take the meter readings and give you a copy of the handover protocol. Please keep a copy of this.


A tiny minority of landlords will take advantage of foreigners who aren’t familiar with the rules to assess unfair damage to the rent deposit. One person said he received an email six months after moving out, stating that there was mould in the bathroom and it would cost 6000€ to fix and he was responsible.
If you’re concerned that your landlord might take advantage of your situation, there are several things you can do. First, bring along a German-speaking friend who can translate for you. Secondly, make sure you note any issues on the handover document. 

 

Remind the landlord that you’re a member of the Mieterverein and you have an appointment today (even if you don’t). Finally, ask the landlord how long will it take to return the deposit. A good landlord will return in within a few days, minus, of course, a small amount for nebenkostenabrechnung at the end of the year. Finally don’t forget to keep a copy of the handover document.

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