Temporary Furnished Accommodaton in Berlin

Subletting an Apartment in Berlin

Contents of the article:

  • Does a private apartment have chances as a sublet on the market in Berlin?
  • What do tenants look for?
  • Opportunities for private apartments on the furnished rental market


We often get private apartments offered, that is, apartments that must be sublet for a specific period of time only because the owner/tenant will be away temporarily for some time. This can be years or even a few months only.
Whether you are owner or tenant: If you want to sublet your own apartment for a long time, you should advertize it at an early stage. Despite the general housing shortage, it is not always easy to find a sub-tenant. And agencies are not always the right people to talk to.



Good private apartment for subetting in Berlin

1. Which Apartments sublet and let easily?

Most apartments offered on a temporary basis are apartments that have been furnished for temporary rental. Please Note: for temporary rental – and not for vacation accommodation.
These apartments are let to persons who come to Berlin to work here, or to further their education, for example to do a language course. This is very important, because renting to tourists is (mostly) illegal.
These apartments are available without any time limit. This does not mean that tenants can rent for an unlimited time. But with these apartments, it is possible to conclude a lease for a certain period of time and perhaps extend it later, often even several times. The temporary tenant therefore should be flexible. Projects often take longer, or you may not find your own unfurnished apartment in Berlin all that quickly.

Previously, about 6 years ago, it was reasonably easy to find a tenant for a private apartment which would only be rented for a certain period of time.
Since then, however, the market has changed a little. Nowadays one finds almost only “temporary-rented apartments”. And since the prohibition on vacation apartments, there has even been an oversupply of temporary-rented apartments, since many apartments now offered for temporary renting used to be offered as vacation accommodation in the past. So oversupply should again be considered in context. There are many offers, but quality is still in high demand and good apartments at a reasonable price still rent out very well.

Apartments that are easily let.

  • Equipped and furnished in such a way that a particular target group will be interested.
  • Modern, tastefully and stylishly furnished. So no mix of old and new,
  • or, as in the example above, a style that is not necessarily considered modern should be uniformly revised. There is also a demand for high-quality accessories, as shown here. Less, however, than for modern-furnished apartments, which appeal to a younger audience.

2. Disadvantages for Tenants sublettling an Apartment

2.1. Limited-time availability

From a prospective tenant’s viewpoint, the time-limited availability is a disadvantage. Tenants want to be flexible. For this reason, they often rent for a shorter period of time, e.g. For 2 or 3 months, but with an extension option. If an apartment is only available for 4 months, most tenants will not be interested, because hardly anyone wants to move more often than necessary.
For example, if you go away for exactly one year and are looking for a sub-tenant over exactly this period, it can also be difficult to find someone who is looking to rent for a year as from exactly the month in which your apartment becomes available, and then also wants to rent specifically your apartment. If he wants one month later to rent for one year, your apartment will not be available, because it is only available for 11 months. Therefore, it is always better if the landlord is flexible and offers the apartment for shorter letting periods as well. This implies that more effort will be needed. The handover, final cleaning, etc., need to be organized, and you will need someone who will take good care of your apartment.


2.2. No “neutral” Furnishing

Apartments furnished for temporary letting look rather more like hotel accommodations: Modern, furnished in a uniform style, clean, elegant, without private objects. Even without books, CD collections, plants etc. Nothing against books and CDs, but these do not necessarily add value for the tenants during temporary renting. To the contrary. These make the tenant feel more like a guest living in another person’s world. Not everyone likes that. Especially if there are enough other alternatives..

2.3. 2.3. Higher “Processing”.

Suppose a landlord offers a private apartment for sub-letting from 1 December to 31 March, that is 4 months. Many spend the winter months in regions with a warmer climate.

The problem is as follows:

  1. December is the worst month. There is a demand, but significantly less than during the rest of the year. Almost nobody starts a job in Berlin in December, because before the middle of the month, everything and everybody is already in the Christmas and end-of-the-year mode.   For this reason it would be more realistic to find a tenant from the beginning of January.
    If, however, the landlord has already left at this time, someone in the vicinity has to take care of the apartment and do some checking. Then questions will follow, and possibly the landlord is also still in a place without reliable Internet connection. In doing so, he or the person responsible for the apartment must be able to reach the apartment during the entire rental period. For example, if there is water damage (not that the tenant should be to blame), the landlord has to act quickly.
  2. There usually is more to discuss than for a “neutral” apartment. Bed-linen, towels etc. Does the tenant bring his own, does he/she use the landlord’s (then everything must be new and unused), or must everything be bought new? Which items have to be removed, bought or supplemented?   Often, the mailbox must also be emptied or plants watered.
    In addition, the landlord lets his own home and has a more emotional connection to it than to an apartment which serves only as an investment object.
    All this makes the processing more time-consuming.

3. Opportunities: sub-renting a private apartment

Of course, how easy this sublet apartment can be rented depends on the apartment. In most cases, only the following private housing can be sub-let as temporary housing:
– Family apartment with several bedrooms in a good location, especially centrally in the city etc.
– preferably in summer months (then also for a shorter period)
– high-quality, rather designer-oriented furnishing
– Apartments without private linen, towels, etc.


3.1. Lower rental Price

The disadvantages from the tenant’s point of view have already been mentioned. For these reasons, for most private apartments, it does not necessarily make sense to include a profit on or to add a surcharge for the furniture. The goal should be to cover your own costs. With a short sub-letting of only a few months, this is sometimes not possible. Here you should decide whether you want to rent out and to minimize your own costs and possibly not offer your apartment for sub-letting for a few months. During the winter months, it is always more difficult, the chances for good apartments in summer are much better. We get many requests in January or February for apartments in June or July, usually for a few months only, from professors, language students, etc.


3.2. Other Platforms

If a temporary-renting agency tells you that it does not find a sub-tenant for your apartment, we recommend you try it on other platforms. For example home-exchange websites, student platforms, etc. All these sites have a different target group than agencies.


3.3. Offering rented Accommodation

In case of a very long absence, do not rent as a temporary apartment but as a rented apartment. Perhaps empty. And find the right tenant for it. Less effort, regular rent. And you can specify true reasons for limitations.


3.4. Renting for shorter Periods

You can also try to rent out the apartment for shorter periods of time and plan for frequent tenant changes. This may be difficult, however, if you are a tenant and you need the landlord’s OK for subletting. Often the landlord does not want a change of tenants during the absence of the main tenant.
If you are renting to several tenants, however, you need someone who will take competent and reliable care of the apartment, do the handing-over and taking-over, and will be the contact person if something does not work, and will fix it. Professional administrative agencies usually do not care about private apartments, or only in exceptional cases (if the apartment is to be rented for several years, the accessories and furniture must be such that the apartment can be easily rented, the location must be good, etc.)


3.5. Conclusion:

There are now enough temporary rental apartments.   There are good opportunities for private apartments that are suitable for families and are well equipped, if the price is right
Of course, all the information you find here is very general. The main idea was to explain what the peculiarities and the possible difficulties are with the renting out of a private apartment

The Wohnungsgeberbestaetigung (Landlord’s Confirmation of Residence– obligatory also for temporary Rentals

Do Tenants of furnished Flats also need a Confirmation of Residence?

On November, 2015, the new German Federal Registration Act (Meldegesetz) came into force. Tenants must now provide a so-called “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung” (a form, which has to be signed by the owner and which proves that the tenant actually has rented a specific apartment) when they register at the Bürgeramt (local municipal office). The idea of the new law is to prevent ‘fake’ registrations.
The law also applies to temporary rentals. Tenants who  are already registered in Germany must only get registered in Berlin if they stay here for more than 6 months. Those, who have lived abroad need to register if they stay 3 months or longer. A registration is not necessary for shorter stays.

landlord's confirmation of residence Wohnungsgeberbestaetigung


1. Landlords

a.) What are the Responsibilities of Landlords?

The landlord of an apartment, which is rented out temporarily, must also write out and sign the so called “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”. If the landlord does not do this, the tenant will be unable to register at the Bürgeramt. Without a registration, the tenant will be unable to open a bank account, will not receive a tax identification number, nor be able to sign contracts for a mobile phone or even a fitness studio. The registration confirmation from the property owner is therefore very important for the tenant. This is why you should immediately provide the tenant with the “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”.
Landlords also have to take into account that tenants may have to wait some time for an appointment at the Bürgeramt. It is certainly annoying when the tenant is unable to show up to such an appointment, if the only thing missing is the “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung” form. This is certainly not the start of a harmonious tenancy.
The landlord is, by the way, not obliged to find out whether the tenant needs to register or not. The tenant is responsible for this.


b.) What happens if a landlord doesn’t fill out a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung?

The landlord would be committing an offence that is liable to a fine of up to 1000 Euros.


c.) What information is contained in the Confirmation of Residence( Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)?

The property owner, or management operating in his/her name, must include the following information:

  • Name of the landlord
  • Name of legal property owner with address (if the landlord and actual property owner are not identical)
  • Address of the apartment
  • Moving in date
  • Names of persons who are registered


d.) Does the property owner also have to confirm moving out?

No. The tenant needs to deregister (or if the case may be, re-register). The property owner does not need to confirm this, however.


2. Tenants

a.) What must tenants of temporary rentals do?

Tenants must find out if they need to get registered. If this is the case, they must ask the landlord for the so-called “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”. Different rules apply. The deciding factor is whether someone is already registered in Germany or not.
If the tenant is already registered somewhere in Germany and rents for a maximum of 6 months, then nothing has to be done. If tenants extend the rental agreement beyond the six months, however, then they are obliged to register at the Bürgeramt (within two weeks after going beyond the 6-month time limit).
If tenants are registered abroad and rent more than 3 months, they must register at the Bürgeramt within two weeks after the beginning of the rental. If tenants initially rent for two months and then extend the rent for another two months, the same procedure applies. They also have to register.
For those who come from abroad to start a job in Germany, they have to register immediately anyway, since they need a tax ID and a bank account.


b.) What happens if tenants aren’t able to get an appointment at the Bürgeramt in time?

Very often, people have to wait a long time to get an appointment at the Bürgeramt (local municipal office). It can be quicker if you are flexible and willing to accept appointments in other parts of the Berlin area (e.g. far out west in Spandau). You can look for available Bürgeramt appointments in the whole of Berlin. You can also get appointments at short notice if someone else happens to cancel. It pays calling to find out. Telephone Number for Berlin residents: (0)30 115.


c.) Does the Bürgeramt also accept scanned Confirmation of Residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) forms?

Yes. The confirmation doesn’t have to be the original. Important for the Registry Office is that the property owner has signed the confirmation itself.


d.) What happens if the property owner doesn’t fill out the confirmation of residence form?

German law obliges landlords to provide such a form if the tenant asks for it. If not, the property owner commits a legal offence. Tenants also commit a legal offence if they do not get registered. Both are liable to fines.
You should, however, give the property owner time to organise getting the confirmation of residence. It is best to inform landlords about it upon signing the contract. Tenants shouldn’t wait to ask only a day or two before the appointment at the Bürgermant (municipal office)!


e.) Which Documents do Tenants need in order to register at the Bürgeramt?

  • German ID or passport
  • Rental agreement
  • Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, confirmation of residence
  • perhaps visa or permit of residence
  • first the first registration in Germany, perhaps civil status certificate (marriage certificate, birth certificate)


f.) What must I do when I move out of an apartment?

You need to deregister (or re-register if moving to somewhere else in Germany). In this case, however, you do not require any confirmation from the property owner.


Is temporary Letting still allowed in Berlin?


Prohibitory Injunction against Change of Use – is temporary Letting still allowed?

The hiring out of vacation apartments in Berlin is now forbidden.  The prohibition of incorrect use, the so called “Zweckentfremdungsgesetz”  forbids the conversion of living space into vacation apartments. There are very few exceptions.
Many landlords who want to offer or offer furnished apartments on a temporary basis are confused. Is temporary letting allowed, and if so, on what conditions?


prohibition of incorrect use also for temporary rentals


Is the temporary Letting of furnished Apartments also affected by the “Zweckentfremdungsgesetz”?

The target group for temporary accommodation is no longer tourists, but persons who come to Berlin to work here.  Ten thousand people from Germany and abroad are still moving to Berlin every year to work here.
The housing market in Berlin is tense and it is not easy to find affordable housing. It is even more difficult, however, if you are not on the spot to do your own search.
New Berliners, moving to Berlin to work there temporarily or in the long term, first rent furnished apartments for the time-being, until either their employment in Berlin is over or they have found their own apartment.
The apartments, which are rented out for a certain period of time, are not removed from the normal residential market. For if they did not rent for a certain period of time, they would also compete with the many apartment seekers for the already tight living space. And it was precisely this group of people who would find it hard to find their own housing. Not on site and no Schufa history.

For temporary accommodation, the Prohibition of incorrect use of property is not valid, provided the landlord rented to tenants coming to Berlin to work here. The tenant must also rent for at least 2 months and have legal residence in Berlin during this time.
The fact that the tenant is working here should also be certified by the landlord in writing.


Vacation Accommodation vs temporary Housing
The difference

Is it possible to now offer former Vacation Accommodation as furnished temporary Housing?

In theory yes. However, renting out temporary housing is a completely different business model and the apartments are differently equipped.
For temporary housing, the law does not apply if the landlord rented to tenants who come to Berlin to work here.  The fact that the tenant works here should also be certified by the landlord.


Vacation Accommodation:

  • target group is tourists who rent for a few days or weeks.
  • rather simply furnished
  • has many beds: target group is families, etc.
  • easy to clean, convenient, less comfort – tourists roam outside all day
  • tariffs are indicated per night, partly very high, but cheaper than a hotel on the number of persons counted, but projected over a month works out rather expensive.
  • is subject to the Prohibition of incorrect use, unless special authorization is obtained.


Temporary Housing:

  • target group is working people
  • tariff is indicated per month.
  • in competition with other temporary housing, not with hotels
  • higher-quality furnished, more comfortable, a temporary home
  • mostly for 1-2 persons, it is not very useful to rent a 60m² apartment for 4 persons for six months
  • comfortable, light cleaning also important, but carpets etc. are available
    tariff is indicated per month.
  • Should be affordable for normal earners. in competition with other temporary housing, not with hotels
  • not subject to the Prohibition of incorrect use of property if the tenant works in Berlin and rents for at least 2 months


Is there still a Need for temporary Housing in Berlin?

Yes. Good apartments in good locations, not overpriced, good, stylish and furnished with attention to detail, always rent out.
However, there has been an oversupply since the Act on the Prohibition of incorrect use of Property and the prohibition of vacation accommodation came into force. Many landlords who formerly earned a lot of money with vacation rental now offer these apartments as furnished temporary housing, often on vacation accommodation standard and at non-market-related prices.


When should a Landlord rent out temporary Housing?

Of course, it is clear that every landlord has an interest in achieving the highest possible rent. However, renting out temporary accommodation is not a big money spinner.   The rental rate does not apply to temporary renting but it is not advisable to use it anyway. At least not if you want to rent out your apartment permanently to  good tenants. For landlords, flexibility should be a priority.
As already mentioned, employed people who earn their money in Berlin are the target group for temporary renting. Of course, it is also rented by production companies for actors who work in Berlin, CEOs, or people who can afford everything. However, this group of persons also has claims. And not every apartment falls into the luxury segment.  For apartments in the top price bracket, it is also unlikely that these will be fully let. For this reason, we recommend that the rental tariff be calculated in such a way that the apartment is rented throughout the entire year.

It is also important for the landlord to pay attention to the furnishing. It simply is no longer good enough just to place a bed, a wardrobe and a desk in an apartment.  The atmosphere and the feel-good factor are also important.



The Act on the Prohibition of incorrect use of Property applies to apartments that are let to tourists on a daily or weekly basis. Not for temporary housing, however, if the furnished apartment is let to tenants coming to Berlin to work here. The minimum rental period is 2 months.
As a rule, furnished temporary housing is usually more valuably furnished than vacation accommodation. For temporary housing, it is no longer enough to place a bed, a wardrobe and a desk in the apartment. Landlords have to deal with the subject of furniture, because location, atmosphere and feel-good factor are all important factors for good rentability.


7 Heating Tips for Tenants of Temporary Apartments

Heating Tips for Tenants of Furnished Apartments

Heating is a topic for all tenants, but definitely also for those who rent on a temporary basis. At the latest, this becomes a topic when the owner gets the yearly heating bill.

When it comes to temporary rentals, utility costs are already included in the rent. This sounds pretty good. Owners, however count on a tenant’s normal and responsible heating. This is also understandable as the property owner would increase the rent, if this were not the case. The fact of the matter is: heating in Germany is expensive. For this reason, be kind to the environment and be kind to the owner’s wallet. Both will be very grateful!

If everyone heated their properties correctly, at least 10 nuclear power plants could be shut down. This means that if heated up cooling fluids would no longer be directed into rivers, far fewer crocodiles would needlessly die due to heat-induced heart failure. 😉 If this last little titbit can’t be proved by science, proper heating (also in temporary apartment rentals) definitely makes a lot of sense.

Heating tips  furnished apartment


1.) Shock Ventilation as opposed to constantly tilted windows

Ventilation in winter is also necessary, even if the heating may still be on. This is very important because if an apartment is not ventilated, it is easily prone to attracting mould.

As opposed to having the window constantly tilted to ventilate, one should go for shock ventilation. Quite simply: open the window (wide!) for a few minutes and then shut it afterwards.

2.) Don’t Heat to the Maximum

Not everybody has the same heat threshold.  Some tenants like it very warm and are wont to turn the knob right up to 5. This is not very wise – even when you enter the property and it feels chilly at first. In a few minutes, you will get used to the temperature. In light of this, it is best to decide upon a moderate temperature. The best room temperature for living rooms and studies is 20°C degrees (68°F). For the kitchen and bedroom, 18°C (64°F) degrees are appropriate. When you turn the heat down in the bedroom (between 15-16°C – 59-60°F degrees is ideal), you will sleep even better!

3.) Don’t Heat all Rooms

Rooms that are infrequently used (such as the guest room, study or toilet) need not be fully heated. You shouldn’t turn off the heating completely, however. Between 10-15°C degrees (50-59°F) is ideal for these spaces. Do be warned. If you don’t heat at all, you run the risk of mould outbreaks. Walls then become damp more easily and mould can make itself at home. Excessive thriftiness in this regard is therefore not the best option.

4.) Close Doors

It is better not to keep all doors open. This way you avoid having cooler areas (such as the hallway of guest room) that get heated from the heating of other rooms. This consumes additional energy.

5.) Don’t Turn the Heating off Completely – For Longer Times Away, Turn It Down

Some tenants mean well by turning the heating off when they head off to work. When the heating is turned on again during the evening to heat the apartment, however, considerable energy is needed. This costs a lot in the process.

6.) Putting Furniture or Other Objects in Front of the Radiator

Heat must be able to spread itself throughout a room. If something is placed in front of the heating (it could even be a chair), then it makes it all the more difficult. Heating takes longer, leading to increased costs.

7.) Wear a Sweater Instead

A lot of temporary renters come from southern climes (South America or the Arabian region). Cold winters in these areas are hardly a thing. This certainly doesn’t mean that when it’s -5°C (25°F) degrees outside, one sits at one’s desk with a t-shirt and the heating set to tropical mode. Go for a sweater and the need for warmth diminishes considerably. Try it out!

For Tenants of Furnished Rental Apartments, this simply means:

…if you follow these 7 heating tips, there is nothing that can stand in your way to get into the hall of fame for the best tenant for temporary apartments. Your landlord and all the world’s crocodiles will be your greatest fans. :-)

Winnie – The Crocodilian Berlin Team

Meet the Crocodilian Team:

Name: Winnie – aka Winifred (..not Wilfred)

Winnie Crocodilian Berlin 1



Chief Happiness Instructor


Hundeschule Greh – left without qualification (due to group of shepard dogs)


down, sit, jump, wait


give us a paw

NO GO (..only if forced)

dog grooming salon


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Playing hide and seek

What Documents you need to rent a flat in Berlin

The rents in Berlin are still much lower than in lots of other world capitals, but the days when you could rent a centrally located flat for nearly nothing are definetely over.
Finding a permanent apartment if you are still abroad is difficult.  A new law – the “Bestellerprinzip” – came into force on June 1, 2015.  Now it is the owner has to  pay the estate agent.  This is good news for the tenants, but it makes it impossible to ask an estate agent to search the Berlin market for a permanent flat, even if you offer to pay for this service. Neither estate agents, nor platforms are  allowed to take money from tenants any more.
It is much easier to start looking for a permanent and unfurnished apartment when you have already arrived in Berlin.

Renting a temporary furnished Apartment

It is much easier to start by renting  a furnished apartment as it is more convenient and easier to secure. Nowadays, they all come fully furnished with internet, wifi, bedding, towels. cutlery,  plates, pots and all that you need.  Most of the furnished rentals have a minimum rental period of 2 or 3 months. Since you never know how long it takes to find a permanent flat,  you can easily commit to a few months.  In order to be on the safe side, you should arrange an option to extend in your rental agreement.
This means that you tell the owner one month before your rental agreement has terminated whether you want to extend the lease or not.  This makes you fairly flexible and you have the security of not being forced to move out. If you have an option to extend, the owner cannot rent out the flat to another tenant.

How to find an apartmnt in Berlin

Documents you need to secure an furnished Apartment

This is what you need: Work Contract, Proof of Education

Renting a furnished tempory apartment is much easier than renting a permanent flat.  First of all, there are apartments on the market and with most such flats there is less competition.
Owners are now not allowed to rent out their properties as holiday lets any more. This is another new law.  Owners can only rent out temporary flats to tenants who come to Berlin for work or for educational purposes (university, language course etc.).  When you apply for an apartment, you will be asked why you come to Berlin (to avoid renting out to tourists) and you might have to present a proof of a work contract.
Even if you don’t have a work contract yet, you still have good chances of finding a temporary apartment. If you work in the I.T. sector, for example, the chances of finding a job in Berln are very good. The owner or the agency will definitely know that you will be able to hand in a work contract later on.
If you attend university or do a language course, you should tell the owner where and what you study, and if and how you can pay the rent. You might have a scholarship or your parents might be paying.
The proof of work or study are the formal requirements, but the personal impression is just as important.  With furnished apartments, not only are you renting an apartment, but also the flat’s complete furnishings. Owners want to be sure that they can rent out to responsible tenants who look after the property, who do not party excessively, disturbing neighbours, or waste energy. Most owners who own well-kept apartments would rather leave their flat empty than renting out to the wrong tenant.
Renting a furnished apartment is very simple. You can either use the services of an agency or answer adverts of owners. Since the tenant does not have to pay any fees any more, renting through an agency is not necessarily more expensive. It is more convenient and agencies help you finding a flat that acutually suits your needs.  But it is worth checking price and quality.
When renting furnished apartments, you need a work contract or proof of untertaking further education.  Sometimes proof of income or some form of confirmation that you have enough funds to pay the rent does suffice. Normally owners do not ask for a SCHUFA.


Renting a permanent Apartment


Once you live in Germany, you will get a SCHUFA – proof that you pay your bills and that you are not in debt. A SCHUFA is required when applying for a permanent, unfurnished apartment in Berlin and in the rest of Germany.



This is a certificate of rent paid that you get from your former landlord. You can also get it if you rent a temporary furnished apartment.


Proof of monthly income

You need to present payslips from the last 3 months or, if you are self employed, a BWA (Betriebswirtschaftliche Auswertung: economic evaluation) – also from the last 3 months.

Céline Marganne – Meet the Crocodilian Team

 Senior Customer Account – + Office Manager


Celine Marganne Crocodilian


Le pays du chocolat (Belgium) – Liège


Enjoys communicating with clients from all over the world and to help them to feel at home in Berlin.




Studied German and English. Used to work for a rock band


Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Vegan chocolat


Les clients francophone. And all others


French fries


German, French, English


Multitasking, patience and accuracy


Advanced and incurable chocolate addiciton


Rehberge park (Wedding) in autumn


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Céline’s email address is office @ crocodilian.d

Anna de Brito – Meet the Crocodilian Team

Multilingual Customer Account Manager



Half Portugese. Comes from a family of Fado musicians


To make people happy. The clients and her team


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Looking after mountain gorillas in Congo


Her chocolat bars – and Celine’s


The positive feedback she gets from her clients


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Anna’s email address is flats @ crocodilian.de

Paul Adloff- The Crocodilian Team

Meet the Crocodilian Team

Paul Adloff- Customer Account Manager




ein Berliner. –  hails from Charlottenburg


because he is mainly dealing with nice and interesting people from all over the world.


always has a smile on his face. Even when customers call at 6 pm


Jelly babies


German, English, Berlin dialect


Kickboxing, soccer, Hertha BSC


lots of coffee


punctual busses


on a boat on Krumme Lanke on a hot day in summer


Paul’s email address is berlin @ crocodilian.de


10 Tipps für Vermieter: Diese Möbel sollten Sie vermeiden

Der Markt für möblierte Wohnungen hat sich sehr verändert. Noch vor Jahren konnte man noch alle Wohnungen leicht vermieten. Damals gab weniger möblierte Wohnungen auf Zeit auf dem Markt und Mieter mussten sich für die parktikabelste Lösung entscheiden.
Heutzutage haben Mieter die Auswahl. Jetzt vermieten sich vor allem Wohnungen, die nicht nur durchdacht eingerichtet und praktisch sind. Sie müssen jetzt auch noch gut aussehen. Die typische Ferienwohnung, die billig und anspruchslos eingerichtet war, ist ein Auslaufmodell.

Lesen Sie 10 Tipps für Vermieter: So vermeiden Sie die schlimmsten Fehler, wenn Sie eine Wohnung auf Zeit einrichten.




1. Pflanzen

Zmmmerpflanzen eignen sich nicht als Dekorationsobjekte für eine möblierte Wohnung. Es gibt natürlich Ausnahmen, und zwar dann, wenn die Pflanze zum Einrichtingskonzept gehört – z.B. eine große Palme. Pflanzen, die verteilt im Raum stehen, sehen aber in den seltensten Fällen gut oder modern aus. Daher besser ganz ohne Pflanzen vermieten. Es ist zudem schwierig, Mieter zum Blumengießen zu verpflichten. Sparen Sie sich den Ärger. Es gibt bessere Dekorationsideen als Pflanzen.


2. Perserteppiche

Perserteppiche waren mal angesagt und ziemlich teuer. Dies ist allerdings schon 20 oder 30 Jahre her. Damals waren diese Teppiche der Stolz underer Eltern und Großeltern. Heutzutage sind Orientteppiche nicht mehr modern. Wir machen immer wieder die Erfahrung, dass sich Wohnungen wegen des Teppichs nicht vermieten. Diese Rückmeldung bekommen wir von den Mietern.
Natürlich gibt es moderne Versionen des typischen Perserteppichs. Die Farben, die Muster – alles ist anders. Diese Teppiche sehen meist gut aus und lassen sich gut mit modernen Möbeln kombinieren. Den typischen Perserteppich sollten Sie vermeiden. Auch wenn Sie zufällig noch einen im Keller haben. Die Zielgruppe für möblierten Wohnungen ist zwischen Mitte 20 und Mitte 50 und sie arbeiten in Berlin.
Auch die Wohnung oben im Bild, die sehr hochwertig eingerichtet ist, trifft nicht den Geschmack der Mehrheit der Mieter. Obwohl sie eher günstig ist, ist es nicht leicht, hierfür einen Mieter zu finden.

3.) Regale

Regals sind nicht ideal für möblierte Wohnungen. Kleider- , Wandschränke oder Kommoden, alles, was dazu dient, Dinge wegzupacken, ist besser. Niemand braucht ein Regal. Niemand zieht mit seiner Bibliothek in eine möblierte Wohnung. Da man im Regal nichts wegpacken kann, sieht es immer unaufgeräumt aus. Dann lieber ein größerer Schrank.


4.) Zu viele Bücher

You already have shelves in your apartment and you don’t want to throw them away?  Then you should be careful not to leave too many books. Tenants are not necessarily interested in reading old(er)?  books . Expecially if they are  a bit dusty. It does not look very stylish either.

5.) Billige Ikea-Möblierung

Generally speaking, Ikea furniture is totally okay. But you should be careful not to buy only the cheapest stuff. If you are familiar with all the names of your Ikea furniture, the chances are good, that you only bought the basic and not so stylish items: Malm, Billy, Lack, Ivar..
It is best to match Ikea furnishing (like Pax)  with other, a bit more upscale furnishing. Then your apartment won’t look like a cheap holiday let.


6.) Second Hand Möblierung, Vintage

Buy now furniture. It is an Investment that pays.

7.) Hässliche Bilder

Unfortunately, it is true: You can ruin a good design concept with the wrong Pictures – even with one ugly Picture! The next time you see a bargain at Ikea, please don’t buy it. There are enough holiday lets with horrible Tourist sights like Brandenburger Tor already on the market. Needless to say: Those flats are not popular with good tenants.


8.) Schlafsofa statt richtigem Bett

Unless your apartment is very, very small, please always buy a bed instead of a sofa bed, Apartments with sofa beds are harder to rent out. A good bed with a good mattress (!) is the most important Piece of furnishing. No tenant puts away the bedding each morning and Transfers the bed into a sofa.
Sofabeds are only suitable for occassional visitors.

9.) Kleiderstange statt Kleiderschrank

Owners should always remember that tenants come to Berlin for work reason. So they have to Dress appropriately every day. For them, al clothes stand is not a substitute for a wardrobe. They have to store their cases, winter coats etc. Even if there is not a lot of space in your apartment: A real wardrobe is always a must.


10.)  Persönliche Gegenstände in der Wohnung

The personal belongings of the owners should not be left in the apartment. If the owner wants to rent out the flat while he is away and it is not possible to take out everything, there might still be the Option to put personal stuff into one room and lock it or to go down with the rent.