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Real Estate Glossary

Running Cost Settlement – Properly Allocating Costs

The running cost settlement is compiled once a year by the lessor for the lessee. It covers the overhead of running costs that accrue as a result of a building's use. Important to note for condominium owners: This settlement represents the recoverable cost components in your HOA fee settlement. Exactly which costs qualify and which do not is governed by the German Operating Costs Ordinance (BKVO). Recoverable items include utility costs for water, heating, waste disposal, and groundskeeping, among other things.

Non-recoverable costs, by contrasts, include the maintenance reserve and the administration charge, which thus cannot be transferred to the tenant.

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