As a rule, accommodation is offered without kitchen furnishings. Only relatively few flats feature a fitted kitchen, i.e. the tenant fits a kitchen of his or her own, and removes it at the end of the rental arrangement.
There is also the possibility to rent furnished rooms and flats temporarily, or as a student to look for a room in one of the halls of residence in Bayreuth.
When you rent a flat or house in the Region of Bayreuth, a written rental agreement will always be signed.
Typically the rental agreement quotes rent excluding service charges, i.e. only the cost of using the space. This figure is added to by the service charges – for example by water use, heating and building maintenance. Before signing a rental agreement with a prospective landlord or -lady, ask them to clearly state the service charge component of the rent, and any other costs which could be payable by you.
The tenant transfers the base rent plus service charges to the landlord or –lady on a monthly basis. In addition, a one-off bond amounting to several months’ rent must typically be deposited. This money serves as security and is returned when you move out.
Information on your tenancy rights as well as further information on all matters concerning renting can be obtained from the German Tenant’s Association.
Electricity and water supplies
If electricity, water or heating costs are not included in the rental service charge, you will have to find a provider yourself and sign a contract. There are numerous electricity and gas providers to choose from. The local energy supplier in Bayreuth is Bayreuther Energie- und Wasserversorgungs- GmbH (BEW). The prices charged by electricity providers often vary greatly, meaning it pays to compare them on the internet.