Trying to understand Grundsteuer payment

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We are in discussion with the bank to purchase an apartment in the center of Munich.

Very complicated but so far we are clear(ish) on the process.

However, along with the apartment we are also buying the Stellplatz in the Tiefgarage and the bank has told us that 2 payments for property tax will need to be made each quarter.

 

One payment for the apartment, the other for the parkplatz.  Approximate quarterly cost will be 85 Euro for the apartment & 70 Euro for the parking lot.

 

We are trying to understand how this is even calculated as our soon-to-be neighbors who own their apartment which is the exact same size and also a parking lot space kindly shared that they pay Grundsteuer in a total amount of 69 Euro each quarter, so less than half of our projected cost.

 

We were surprised that property tax even would be levied on the parking lot space if the apartment was already being charged.

 

Any info would be appreciated, we have looked online but cannot find any clear explanation of how this is calculated and why the cost can differ so much between 2 same-sized apartments in the same house.  Would this be related to when the property was bought?

 

 

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Could the separate levy be down to the fact that the parking space has its own Grundbuch entry? Our previous home's parking space did.

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18 hours ago, lunaCH said:

Could the separate levy be down to the fact that the parking space has its own Grundbuch entry? Our previous home's parking space did.

 

Thanks!  And the advantage of this would be...?  Who makes the decision if the parking lot has it's own entry?  And can this be changed?

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22 minutes ago, GillyRose said:

Thanks!  And the advantage of this would be...?  Who makes the decision if the parking lot has it's own entry?  And can this be changed?

There's no advantage for you currently. As far as I know it can't be changed or merged.

It is a separate property with its own physical borders and it does not physically adjoin your dwelling. It requires its own entry. 

It may be that it can be sold off separately in the future, under some circumstances. If it is possible, that could be an advantage.

 

I don't know how Grundsteuer is calculated exactly. You would need to look at this with the office issuing the invoices for it, possibly at the town hall.

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If you want to rent out the place you could have 2 separate lease contracts. One for the flat and one for the apartment. That way the parking wouldn´t be subject to tenant protection laws. You could terminate it or raise the rent which you can´t as easily do for an apartment. Not sure though whether the parking needs to have a Grundbuch registration of it´s own for that. I doubt it.

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1 hour ago, jeba said:

If you want to rent out the place you could have 2 separate lease contracts. One for the flat and one for the apartment. That way the parking wouldn´t be subject to tenant protection laws. You could terminate it or raise the rent which you can´t as easily do for an apartment. Not sure though whether the parking needs to have a Grundbuch registration of it´s own for that. I doubt it.

Similarly the parking space can be rented out to someone else whilst you live there in the flat. In our last place that was our case since we didn't have a car, the space was informally rented out to someone who didn't even live in the building. This has no bearing on the Grundbuch issue. 

The Grundbuch entry is formed when the building itself is registered. The building is divided up into private and common property. Ordinarily every private part of the building requires its own entry. Non-adjoining private areas, even if they are initially sold together and always sold on together to subsequent owners over the years will always be considered to be two properties.

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