I live in an apartment in Germany. The whole building belongs to a private company.

My rental contract ends at the end of a month. I asked to move out at the middle of the month (still paying for the whole month). They want to charge me an extra 50€ for this "special appointment", and I have to pay in cash.

Is it a common practice in Germany? Is it even legal?

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    Just checking to clarify: That special appointment is for handing over the apartment and keys, right?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Aug 16 '16 at 9:26
  • @Wrzlprmft yes, exactly. Aug 16 '16 at 9:38
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    Since you are paying until the end of the month anyway why don't you handover the apartment on the designated date ?
    – Rsf
    Aug 16 '16 at 14:34
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    @Rsf For convenience. It is mandatory to rent until the end of a month (you cannot stop the contract in the middle of a month for instance), but I need to leave before. Coming back to Germany afterward just to do the handover would be more expensive than this 50€. Aug 16 '16 at 19:53
  • I strongly suspect that it is illegal. I don’t have any laws or court rulings to back that suspicion, though.
    – Jan
    Jun 13 '17 at 23:38

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