Rent a furnished Flat in Berlin

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What should you consider when you want to rent a furnished apartment in Berlin

Tip 1: Rental dates and availability

Your chances of securing an apartment are best if you conisder the availabbility of the apartment you want to rent.
If the apartment is immediately available it is very unlikely that a landlord will accept your application if you want to move in in 6 months time, since landlords want to avoid vacancies. He will rather wait for a tenant who offers to rent asap

Tip 2: Number of people who want to rent

Please also consider the number of tenants accepted for the apartment before you apply. A child or baby also counts as person.
Why is this so? The rent includes all costs and if more people move in, more energy, water etc. will be consumed and there is also more wear and tear. If is furnished for one or two persons, it is also more difficult to keep the apartment clean and tidy.
If you want to rent an apartment suitable for a family, please check "suitable for" on the expose of the apartment. Here you find information on the number of tenants and if it is a family apartment.

Tip 3: Give us detailed information on the type of apartment you are looking for

We want to make sure that the apartment you rent actually suits your needs. Please give us some information in your application on what is important to you, if you plan to work in the apartment, if it is likely that you might need to extend the rental agreement etc. The more information you have, the better.

Tip 4: Add a few information about yourself and the other tenants when you want to rent a furnished apartment

It is always better if we introduce tenants to a landlord and we have some personal information: reason for coming to Berlin or for moving, occupation of second tenant etc. This is not only an apartment, but also a peoples buisness since landlords and tenants must get on together. Crocodilian is not a platform - we are more personal and it is also possible to get in touch with the landlord before you rent a furnished flat.

Tip 5: Only apply once

It is enough if you just fill in one application form, even if you want to apply for more than one apartment. Please tell us which apartment is on top of your list, to make sure we know your priorities.

Tip 6: Have your employment contract and copy of your ID ready

Your application for a flat has been accepted by the landlord? Then the tenancy agreement can be drawn up immediately. Before that, we still need your employment contract and a copy of your identity card.

Renting a furnished flat in Berlin - this is what you should know

No Fees for Tenants

With Crocodilian, tenants never pay a fee - no matter whether you rent an apartment or not.

Documents for Anmeldung- Wohnungsgeberbestätigung

You always get the landlord's certificate for the Anmeldung in Berlin, when you rent an apartment with Crocodilian. This is the standard, as well as name on the doorbell and on the letterbox.

Rent and what is included

All costs are included in the rent: water, electricity, heating, internet. With some apartments, the tenants must pay the tv fee (obligatory in Germany) himself. It is about 18€ per month.


You can view all apartments online. There are virtual tours which give you a detailled impression of the apartment. Crocodilian offers a limited number of curated apartments. You can be sure that the apartments are exactly in this conditon. The conditon on the pictures are the basis of the rental agreement. We offer the virtual tours because it is not always possible to view an apartment, e.g. if the apartment is still rented. We cannot guarantee that it is possible to view each apartment.
Please also note that we cannot reserve an apartment and if another tenant is faster and wants to rent without prior viewing, the apartment will be gone.
You find the virtual tour on the expose, below the large photo.

When should you start looking for a furnished flat to rent?

In our experience, finding an apartment months in advance is not so easy. We recommend to start looking for a flat not too early, even if a flat may be marked as free and available again at a certain date in the near future. Tenants of furnished rentals are flexible and they often want to extend their lease if there is a change of plans. Landlords are aware of this and they won't commit to a new tenant months in advance.
We recommend that you start looking for a flat about 1 month before your arrival in Berlin at the earliest. Then Crocodilian also knows exactly which flats are certain to become available and which are not.

What does it mean if the availability of a flat is not confirmed?

Some flats are specially marked - availability not confirmed. This means that the current tenant still has an option to renew and that he/she must inform the agency at least one month before the contract expires whether he/she will renew the lease or move out. If you are interested in a flat, marked availability not confirmed, you can get in touch with us and ask what the status is. Again, it makes no sense asking too early, but about one month before the scheduled availability date.

Can flats be rented from any date?

No. If a flat is available immediately, for example, a landlord is usually not interested in a tenant who will move in 3 months from now. Landlords want to avoid long gaps when they rent out their flat.

How long does the rental process take at Crocodilian? From finding an apartment to moving in?

Once we have all the relevant information and documents from you, it is very quick. As soon as we have an okay from both parties, you can quickly and conveniently sign the rental agreement online. Before moving in, the deposit and the rent must be paid. As soon as the money is in the landlord's or Crocodilian's bank account, you can move in.