50 words you might need to rent a house

Here are 50 unique German words related to renting a house or apartment, along with their English meanings and example sentences:

Wohnung – Apartment

Miete – Rent

Vermieter – Landlord

Mieter – Tenant

Kaution – Security deposit

Makler – Real estate agent

Mietvertrag – Lease agreement

Nebenkosten – Utility costs

Heizung – Heating

Strom – Electricity

Wasser – Water

Warmmiete – Rent including utilities

Kaltmiete – Basic rent

Balkon – Balcony

Einbauküche – Fitted kitchen

Bad – Bathroom

Parkplatz – Parking space

Keller – Basement

Aufzug – Elevator

Dachgeschoss – Attic

Erdgeschoss – Ground floor

Obergeschoss – Upper floor

Zentralheizung – Central heating

Laminat – Laminate flooring

Teppich – Carpet

Einzug – Move-in

Auszug – Move-out

Besichtigung – Viewing

Schlüssel – Key

Renovierung – Renovation

Möbel – Furniture

Möbliert – Furnished

WG (Wohngemeinschaft) – Shared apartment

Kündigung – Termination notice

Nachmieter – Replacement tenant

Hausordnung – House rules.

Haustiere – Pets.

Lärm – Noise

Müll – Garbage

Rauchen – Smoking

Ruhezeit – Quiet hours

Schlafzimmer – Bedroom

Wohnzimmer – Living room

Küche – Kitchen

Esszimmer – Dining room

Gästezimmer – Guest room

Fenster – Window

Treppe – Stairs

Waschmaschine – Washing machine

Trockner – Dryer

I hope these words get you started in navigating the process of renting a house or apartment in Germany.

I am not a teacher, educator or an expert in German. Learning German is a pass-time hobby for me. I have A2 level fluency. What I write here are things I have learnt on the go. It's unorthodox. It follows no syllabus and is tailored towards my own utility and use case over perfection.