Which country offers the cheapest rent

Where in Germany rents are most expensive and where you pay the least

Rents are highest in southern Germany and in the cities. The east and west are still affordable for many. A study shows how much you have to pay for rent and where.

  1. Rents are highest in these cities
  2. This is the cheapest place to live to rent
  3. Which buildings are cheapest
  4. Many households can no longer find affordable housing

The urban researcher Andrej Holm has evaluated the rent index data of the past five years on behalf of the left parliamentary group in the Bundestag and examined rents in more than 300 German cities. The result: on average, existing rents nationwide rose by 11.4 percent in the past five years.

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How much you have to pay, however, depends a lot on where you live.

Rents are highest in these cities

The structure of the most expensive cities was largely stable in 2018 compared to 2013. With Düsseldorf, Darmstadt and Constance, only three cities have made it into the top group. Freiburg (Breisgau), Bietigheim-Bissingen and Bonn have slipped out of the ranking of the 20 most expensive cities.

The 20 most expensive cities (2018)

In five cities, both existing and asking rents have risen particularly sharply over the past five years:

  • Mannheim
  • Nuremberg
  • Kiel
  • Berlin
  • Stuttgart

The study also showed that existing rents rose particularly sharply from 2015 onwards. The introduction of the rental price brake therefore had no measurable effect on the rental price development in the cities examined.

This is the cheapest place to live for rent

There is also little change in the group of the cheapest cities: Leipzig, Elsdorf and Mechernich have been added for Landau in der Pfalz, Bad Kreuznach and Zwickau.

The 20 cheapest cities (2018)

Which buildings are cheapest

According to the study, the cheapest renters live on average in buildings that were built around 1925. Logically, you have to pay the highest rent in new buildings. The rent of the most expensive building age class was 43 percent higher than the cheapest.

Many households can no longer find affordable housing

Average apartments are hardly affordable for households on the poverty line and many single parents. According to city researcher Andrej Holm, they are dependent on living space below market rents.

Holm assumes that no more than 30 percent of disposable income should be spent on rent. In Munich, Stuttgart and Leinfelden-Echterdingen, childless two-person households could not even pay the average existing rent with an average income of 2,813 euros. Single parents with an average income of 2,438 euros can no longer afford rents in 21 cities without spending more than 30 percent of their income on it.

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