*This article is based on personal insights from local landlords and is purely informative. This is not an official statement respectively advice.
We know how daunting it is to apply for jobs and get rejections without a chance for a feedback: you adapted your cover letter for a specific position, maybe even your CV if your work experience is diversified, list your references and diplomas, wait for a few days and then there’s the rejection e-mail. You cannot influence the decision anymore and it hurts because you really liked that opening and saw yourself fitting there.
Applying for rent accommodation in Munich is like applying for a job. This is not an urban myth, but reality. The founders of Relosophy have experienced this many time on their own and know first-hand what you are going through.
We sat down with a few landlords who were willing to share their experiences with tenants and support the Relosophy expat community with an insider feedback.
1. NUMBER OF APPLICANTS
Landlords receive on average around 100 applications within the first 1h after posting an available rent property on the popular platform Immoscout (Immobilien Scout 24). The interest increases if the ad is posted during the following windows: 07:00-09:00 and 18:00-22:00.
Unfortunately property owners are not professional recruiters nor have an ATS (applicant tracking system) and cannot review absolutely every single application. However certain ones do stand out in a crowd as you will notice further in this article.
2. ACCOUNT PROFILE PICTURE
If you apply via a platform such as Immoscout, you notice that you have the option to personalise and add a profile picture. Several andlords expressed reluctance in disclosing the address details and low trust levels when dealing with a “faceless” applicant. A CV/passport picture or a simple, clear non-professional photo with your face boost your chances in being fished from the sea of applicants.
Here there has been an unanimous agreement that too many applicants write barely anything beyond three-four sentences.
4. SCAMMERS (yes, it happens to landlords too)
Believe it or not, there are scammers out there also approaching landlords. None of our contacts have been tricked, but goes to show how much having a proof of residence through the registration (Anmeldung) is worth before being able to start a life in Germany (getting a bank account, tax number, social insurance number, place in school or kindergarten-all depend on having a proof of address registration first).
An obvious example is shown in one of the examples above. If you know which one it is, send us an email with your solution and 3 arguments, and you are eligible for a 10% discount for one of our relocation service packages (offer deadline is December 31st, 2020 per family/couple/single person moving).
5. PROBATION PERIOD
Many of you know that the job probation period in Germany is 6 months. This criterion is taken into consideration by many (not most) landlords and unfortunately, it is not something you can influence.
Some of you may be in the position to negotiate your employment contract with relocation benefits, such as a rent stipendium up to 6 months. In that case, congratulations are in order. If you are not sure though how to tackle this topic with your future employer, we provide support with consultation for your specific needs and will also approach this subject in our online courses.