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Real Estate Glossary

Rent Deposits – Your Protection against Claims Resulting From a Tenancy Agreement

If you decide to buy an apartment that is already occupied by a tenant, the vendor will hand you over all lease related contracts and papers as well as the rent deposit after the purchase. The deposit is paid by the tenant, when signing the lease with the landlord. A deposit comprises a maximum sum of three times the monthly net amount of rent and is intended to protect the landlord against claims resulting from the tenancy agreement, for example damages the tenant caused in the apartment or legal expenses.

The landlord is legally bound to set up a bank account for the deposit that is managed separately from other assets and pays interest at the standard rate for savings deposits at three months notice. The tenant is entitled to the interest earnings.

The tenant is reimbursed the deposit after having given notice, provided there are no claims against him or her. If the operating costs are still to be billed, the landlord may hold back a reasonable amount of the deposit, if it is foreseeable that the tenant will have to make subsequent payments for the operational costs. In this case the legally set period to repay the deposit is extended to up to twelve months.

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