Additional costs per square meter

The majority of leases in Germany provide monthly payments and a year-end billing of ancillary rental costs. In particular, due to the high energy prices, these additional costs are very high. But the cost of other items are at a high level. Especially for the billing period 2011, many tenants were surprised because "felt" far too high utility bills. Fittingly, the German Tenants' Association (DMB) has published representative figures that better illustrate the additional costs per square meter.

Bases on the calculated additional costs per square meter

First of all, let me say that it is not about settling the additional costs per square meter. Rather, the German Tenants' Association (DMB) has spread its nationwide evaluations to simplify the illustration on the square meter. Nevertheless, these figures also show that the rental costs can fluctuate relatively clearly. So you have to relatively see the numbers in size on apartments or houses.

How much additional costs: the size of the apartment is decisive

For very small apartment and apartments (from 25 to 30 square meters), the additional costs can climb well above the 3-euro mark. 3.20 euros to 3.40 euros are quite possible here. On the other hand, the ancillary costs "spread" on very large living space (150 square meters and more) much better and lead to additional costs, which may then be less than 2 euros per square meter. For example, the numbers of the DMB are based on average apartment sizes of around 80 to 120 square meters.

  • 2.18 to 2.42 euros per square meter for 2011 additional charges total
  • of which about 1.20 euros only for hot water and heating

Billing period 2011: due to the deadlines in 2014 still highly topical

The billing period 2011 could only be representative in the middle to the end of 2013, since many tenancy contract partners agreed on the calendar year as billing period. Following this, the landlords (with the end of the 12 month billing period) have 12 months to create and submit the utility bill to the tenant time. The tenants, for their part, then have 12 months to review. This results in a time delay well into 2013.

Despite lower energy consumption increased rental costs

Now, perhaps the winter of 2011/2012 is remembered as a particularly mild winter. As a result, many tenants were saving on additional costs. In fact, many tenants have saved significantly on energy costs. Nevertheless, many rental households had to their surprise, a full increase in utility bill in the mailbox. This in turn led to relatively many settlements sent to tenants.

Price increases of up to almost 25 percent

It was absolutely not the landlords who wanted to enrich themselves here. Instead, energy costs for the billing cycle have risen sharply. Depending on the heating means used, the additional costs could cushion the extra effort differently.

  • Gas: price increase about 4.5 percent
  • District heating: price increase about 7 percent
  • Heating oil: price increase of 24 percent

In particular, the tenants with oil heating systems caught it particularly drastically. Even with significantly lower consumption, a significant increase in ancillary costs was recorded. It is therefore not surprising that many utility bills have been reclaimed and forwarded to tenants' associations.

Important principle: always first compare your own costs

Even if your service charge bill seems too high, you should not immediately seek confrontation with the landlord. Instead, you should inform yourself about the currently published numbers of tenants' associations. Here are already the first trends to price increases and reductions can be seen.

Tips & Tricks

Even if the numbers of the tenant associations per se clarify trends in the price development, because accordingly many settlements are submitted, it must not be forgotten that usually only those tenants submit utility bill statements, which have reason to assume that the numbers are excessive. Further massive fluctuations can result from the taxes paid to municipalities. Depending on the economic power of the administrations, some cities and towns are less precise than others. As a result, fluctuations in these charges are not to be underestimated.

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