I'm looking for an apartment to rent in Germany about four months from now - that is, starting January or February - as the period of notice on the current rental agreement is three months.
As it turns out, virtually all apartments available via familiar sites such as ImmoScout are offered for rental starting immediately, in October or perhaps November. I don't see how I could find an apartment so that I would be able to sign the new contract before cancelling the current agreement.
In my view, landlords will always prefer a tenant who would be able to move in immediately, so the apartment doesn't remain untenanted for too long, which puts me in a not so good position to negotiate.
I would like to move out of my current apartment ASAP as it's impossibly expensive for just one person (roommate moved out unexpectedly). Also, my job situation changed recently - it's quite a hassle commuting, so I'm looking for an apartment closer to work.
What can I do about this situation? Would it be wise to terminate the current contract in the hopes of finding a suitable offer eventually?
I suspect that winter season might have something to do with things - probably nobody likes moving on New Year's Eve, so hardly any apartments are available for January. Am I just forced to wait for another one or two months?