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Reference Rent

“Local reference rent” is a term used by the German Civil Code (BGB). It marks the ceiling up to which rent increases are lawful pursuant to Article 558, German Civil Code.

Quoted reference rents differentiate between apartment size, fit-out, and location, and represent the median of the past four years. Calculation of the reference rent takes both rents on new leases and current rents into account. By contrast, it does not consider apartments that are subject to rent control and / or that were raised within the framework of public housing construction.

The local reference rent always refers to a specific municipality. If a community publishes a rent table, it will list the reference rents. If not, a good way to obtain a reference rent is by comparing at least three properties of similar size, fit-out and location, or through an expert valuation.

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