Young Family w/Child Moving To Berlin, Need Your Expertise To Find Accommodation

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Hello everyone, my family is in kind of a 'apartment pickle' maybe you guys can help us.
We are a family of 3 (myself, wife and a 2 year old boy), moved from USA to Nuremberg few months ago to go to school. Till this day we haven't found any apartment for us. First month and half we stayed in Airbnb and now we're in kind of a shared community place.
We tried every website there is, written numerous messages to landlords both in English and German but they deny us based on -> we currently don't have a job or family "too big" etc. Funny thing is we have more than enough money in a German bank account that we transferred from USA which will easily last us close to 2 years and we are about to get our residence permit so we can get jobs.
Recently, I transferred school and now moving to Berlin in the last week of September so we desperately need a place for us starting October 1. The school I'm going to, do not have any accommodation options for foreign students just like the one here in Nuremberg. 
I am scared for myself and my family that we will have to go through again what we went through when we first arrived, it was a nightmare. Especially now that we are in a completely different city and we will arrive with all our stuff and may not have a place to stay. 
What should we do? Can any of you suggest a realtor who can help us? Is that going to be too expensive. Since we don't have a job yet, we don't want to spend way too much upfront. We are looking for preferably 2 bedroom, if not for now 1 bedroom and the place partially furnished. 
Please suggest what we should do, all ideas are welcome. 
Thank you and God bless.

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Have a look at the search function. Good luck!

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13 minutes ago, McDee said:

Have a look at the search function. Good luck!

Thank you for your answer. We have been searching and I shared the problem we are facing. We need to know options or ways to overcome the situation we are facing and I was hoping the thread would help us with that.

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28 minutes ago, zachariyah said:

Thank you for your answer. We have been searching and I shared the problem we are facing. We need to know options or ways to overcome the situation we are facing and I was hoping the thread would help us with that.

 

redundant post. 

 

not Nuremberg related.

 

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58 minutes ago, zachariyah said:


Recently, I transferred school and now moving to Berlin in the last week of September so we desperately need a place for us starting October 1.

 

That's why.;-)

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I wouldn't even try to find a permanent place before you have some income. Money in the bank means nothing. You could spend it all tomorrow. In Germany it is very hard to get rid of tenants even if they do not pay their rent, so landlords tend to be vary. Try to find a furnished place (rules are different for furnished apartments) for at least 3 month. Better 6 month if you can find one.

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Just now, vronchen said:

I wouldn't even try to find a permanent place before you have some income. Money in the bank means nothing. You could spend it all tomorrow. In Germany it is very hard to get rid of tenants even if they do not pay their rent, so landlords tend to be vary. Try to find a furnished place (rules are different for furnished apartments) for at least 3 month. Better 6 month if you can find one.

Thank you for the suggestion. We are about to receive our residence permit so probably start looking for jobs soon but since moving to Berlin, we will start from there and can't really look for job unless we are there so yeah will look for a furnished place first like you suggested. Any recommendation where to start? I mean is there separate websites for those? Thank you.

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8 minutes ago, zachariyah said:

Any recommendation where to start? I mean is there separate websites for those? Thank you.

 There are several websites for that but I do not have any personal experience with any of them.

Just google "wohnen auf zeit berlin" and you will find plenty.

Good luck.

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38 minutes ago, vronchen said:

 There are several websites for that but I do not have any personal experience with any of them.

Just google "wohnen auf zeit berlin" and you will find plenty.

Good luck.

Thank you very much.

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Also, look for a "boardinghouse".  It's a long-term hotel (serviced apartment).  

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Recently, I transferred school and now moving to Berlin in the last week of September so we desperately need a place for us starting October 1. The school I'm going to, do not have any accommodation options for foreign students just like the one here in Nuremberg. 
I am scared for myself and my family that we will have to go through again what we went through when we first arrived, it was a nightmare. Especially now that we are in a completely different city and we will arrive with all our stuff and may not have a place to stay. 

 

I'm currently looking for a new apartment in Berlin and I think most German landlords won't even consider renting to unemployed foreign students with a small child. Most landlords want to see the previous 3 paystubs and a net salary at least 3 times the rent. One place even wants a form signed and stamped by my employer confirming my net salary and that I have a permanent contract that hasn't been terminated. 

 

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What should we do? Can any of you suggest a realtor who can help us? Is that going to be too expensive.

 

German Makler are evil. They are generally useless and charge 2 months cold rent (plus tax) and don't always do much. Maybe someone here can recommend a good one.

 

More importantly, you also don't really want a regular German unfinished apartment, i.e. no fridge, no light fixtures, no closets, etc.

 

In Berlin landlords are required to provide a stove and a sink in the kitchen (in others cities you don't even get that).

 

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Since we don't have a job yet, we don't want to spend way too much upfront. We are looking for preferably 2 bedroom, if not for now 1 bedroom and the place partially furnished. 

 

If you can afford to pay about 1000€/month, there are fully furnished apartments available. 

 

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Please suggest what we should do, all ideas are welcome. 

 

Where are you studying? The Studentenwerk is probably the best place for you, but it depends on where you are studying.

 

You can also try looking for sublets.

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9 hours ago, engelchen said:

 

Where are you studying? The Studentenwerk is probably the best place for you, but it depends on where you are studying.

 

You can also try looking for sublets.

Berlin School of Law and Economics. They don't have Studentenwerk :(

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5 hours ago, zachariyah said:

Berlin School of Law and Economics. They don't have Studentenwerk :(

 

There is only one Studentenwerk in Berlin responsible for all students registered at all public and some of the private institutions. HWR students are eligible to use their services. There is a long waiting list, but they sometimes have extra places for foreign students. They might also be able to advise you on other options.

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@Engelchen, you said "German Makler are evil. They are generally useless and charge 2 months cold rent (plus tax) and don't always do much. Maybe someone here can recommend a good one."

Agreed about the evil bit, but hasn't the law changed about a year ago, so now the landlord has to pay the Makler commission? The Bestellerprinzip applies, ie he who engages the Makler pays the commision. 

Are you perhaps confusing this with the Kaution?

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1 hour ago, Feierabend said:

but hasn't the law changed about a year ago, so now the landlord has to pay the Makler commission? The Bestellerprinzip applies, ie he who engages the Makler pays the commision. 

 

Right, the person who contracts pay.

 

If the OP signs a contract with a Makler, he pays. If he finds a apartment where the landlord has an agreement with the Makler, the landlord pays. 

 

1 hour ago, Feierabend said:

Are you perhaps confusing this with the Kaution?

 

No.

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5 hours ago, engelchen said:

 

There is only one Studentenwerk in Berlin responsible for all students registered at all public and some of the private institutions. HWR students are eligible to use their services. There is a long waiting list, but they sometimes have extra places for foreign students. They might also be able to advise you on other options.

Thank you, it's a long shot but I'll look into it right now!

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