Glossary of housing-related terminology

German wordGerman abbreviation (as used in ads)Translation

1-Zimmer Apartment, 1-

Zimmerappartement,

Einzimmerapartment,

Einzimmerappartement

1-Zi.-App.

Studio apartment

1-Zimmerwohnung,

Einzimmerwohnung,

Einraumwohnung

1-Zi.-Whg.

Studio apartment

2-Zimmerwohnung,

Zweizimmerwohnung,

Zweiraumwohnung (3-

Zimmerwohnung, 4-

Zimmerwohnung etc.)

2-Zi.Whg., (3-Zi.-Whg., 4-

Zi.Whg. etc.)

Two room (i.e. one bedroom) apartment etc.: the German system gives the total number of rooms (bedrooms and reception rooms) rather than just bedrooms

Ab 1.4.2008

Available starting 1 April 2008

Ab sofort

Available immediately

Ablöse

Abl.

One-off payment to previous tenant for fixtures and fittings

Altbau

Altb.

Old building (usually built

before 1920)

Bad/WC

Bathroom with toilet

Balkon

Blk.

Balcony

BürgschaftGuaranty
CarportCarport
DachgeschossDG

Attic, top floor

DoppelhaushälfteDHH

Semi-detached house

DieleHallway
EinbaukücheEBK

Fitted kitchen

Einbauschrank

Einbauschr.

Built-in closet

Einfamilienhaus

EFH

Single-family house (can be

detached, semi-detached or

row house)

EinkommensnachweisProof of income

Erdgeschoss

EG

Ground floor

Freistehendes Haus

FH

Detached house

Fußbodenheizung

Fußb. Hzg.

Underfloor heating

GarageGar.Garage
GartenmitbenutzungCommunal garden

Gasheizung

Gas Hzg.

Gas heating

Gemeinschaftskeller Communal basement
Hausratversicherung Household contents insurance
HobbyraumHobbyr.

Hobby room

HochparterreMezzanine floor

Heizung

Hzg.

Heating
KaltmieteRent exclusive of heating
KautionKT

Security deposit

Keller

Basement, cellar

KochnischeKochn.Kitchenette

Komplett möbliert

kompl. möbl.

Fully furnished

LoggiaLoggia
MaisonetteMaisonette
Maklerprovision

Estate agent's commission

Miete, Mietzins

Monthly rent

MietschuldenfreiheitDocument stating that you have no rent debts
MöbliertMöbl.Furnished
Nebenkosten

NK, Nk.

Ancillary costs

Neubau

Neub.

New building

Obergeschoss (e.g. 1.

Obergeschoss)

OG

Upper floor (e.g. 1st floor)

Ölheizung

Öl-Hzg.

Oil heating

Ohne Provision

ohne Prov.

No estate agent's commission

Pantryküche Kitchenette
ProvisionProv.

Estate agent's commission

Quadratmeter

qm, m2

Square meter

Ruhige Lage

ruh. Lage

Quiet location

Schufa, Schufa-AuskunftCredit rating

Sofort beziehbar

Sof. bez.

Available immediately

SouterrainBasement
VerhandlungsbasisVB

Price negotiable

Voll möbliert

voll möbl.

Fully furnished

Von Privat

v. priv.

Private sale (no estate

agent's commission)

WarmmieteRent including heating
WaschkellerBasement laundry

Zentral, zentral gelegen,

zentrale Lage

Central location

Zimmer, Küche, Diele Bad

ZKDB

One-room apartment, studio

Zuzüglich Nebenkosten

zzgl. NK

Ancillary costs not included

ZwischenmieteSubletting rent