When I've arrived to Germany, the first thing I've need to do was to search for an appartment. What striked me, was hard for me to comprehend 'excentrity' of the landlords who required job contract (ehm, why is it important? better ask how much money I have on side...). It wasn't a problem for me because I've already got a job. But...

Consider typical expat situation. You want to settle in Germany. You come there to look for a job. You need an appartment... So how should you look for it to go over that 'job contract' requirement?

Is this 'additional requirement' a standard at all, or was it only a regional variation (Bavaria) or I simply had 'strange luck' when searching for appartment?

  • Such requirements are not uncommon in other countries.
    – Gala
    Feb 13, 2015 at 13:27
  • I'm not sure about Germany, but in Belgium your rights as a landlord are ridiculous ... Once a tenant moves in it's really hard to get rid of him, even if he trashes the place or doesn't pay rent. So of course a landlord wants to make sure he's not going to get ripped off ;)
    – CustomX
    Feb 13, 2015 at 15:06
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    As a tenant, why would you be against strong tenant protection laws? I don't think I've ever seen a landlord who would rent a place to someone without a steady source of income. How were you planning to pay your rent if you don't have a job yet?
    – gerrit
    Feb 13, 2015 at 15:19
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    @gerrit because they are effectively not protecting tenants, they make searching more difficult and prices higher. It's not my definition of protection. Everyone (should) have some spendings, and going abroad for job search may be a good investment.
    – user41
    Feb 13, 2015 at 15:25
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    @CustomX: The law in Germany (generally) favours tenants over landlords, and most tenancy agreements are unlimited (i.e. valid indefinitely), so the same argument applies to Germany. It's very common for landlords to dig deep into the pasts of their prospective tenants, as once the lease is signed it's very hard to get rid of them.
    – Lightsider
    Aug 26, 2015 at 8:25


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