Berlin My New Home Part 4

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In my previous posts Berlin My New Home, I mentioned the do’s and dont’s after you move to Berlin. The necessary paperwork required, the bureaucracy you have to deal with, how to avoid waiting in the queue for hours just to get a stamp, etc. Now I’m going to write about the things that is required after moving into a rental apartment.

Moving to a new flat with no furniture, electricity, gas, water and internet would be something of course no one would want. Assuming that you have already registered yourself to the Bürgeramt (if not do so) the next steps will be followed below;

1- Electricity – There are plenty of companies that provide electricity in Berlin and Germany in general. All of them have several packages and discounts that would make you overwhelmed. The biggest provider in Germany is Vattenfall and probably the most expensive one. Although there service is good when it comes to the fact. You can also check out the these links and do comparisons of which one to choose;

http://www.check24.de/

http://www.verivox.de/

2- Gas – Just like electricity, there are many gas providers in Berlin. You can either get your gas privately or through your Hausverwaltung. There are different conditions that can apply for example to get your gas yearly, quarterly, monthly or by usage. The main gas provider in Berlin is Gasag. As mentioned also above, you can also check the links below and do comparisons;

http://www.check24.de/

http://www.verivox.de/

3- Internet – Who can live without internet these days right? Its part of our life. Just like electricity and gas, there are plenty of internet providers in Germany. Even mobile companies offer good deals for internet on your household. The biggest provider in Germany is Deutsche Telekom since they used to be owned by the state until the late 90’s and still have some stakes at the moment. But there are of course other providers like Alice, 1&1, O2, Vodafone and Kabel Deutschland for example. You can use the links provided below to do some comparisons;

http://dsl-germany.com/en/

http://www.verivox.de/

4- GEZ – This is probably the most useless and unnecessary tax you’ll have to pay in Germany. GEZ (Gerbühren Einzugs Zentrale) also know as broadcasting fee for television is a private owned company that you are required to pay either monthly or quarterly user fee’s if you own a TV, radio or PC. The employers from GEZ will actually go door to door to inspect if you have any of these devices and whether you are paying or not. If not you can be forced to pay big penalties. More information can be found here.

5- Liability Insurance – One of the most important insurance cover you will need in Germany is third-party private liability insurance (Haftpflichtversicherung). It will cover you or any insured member of your family in the event that you commit an act for which a German court would consider you ordinarily negligent. May seem unordinary and odd but Germans take this situation seriously and most of them have the Haftpflichtversicherung. You can check the link below for some insures;

http://www.check24.de/

After following these steps, you should be already enjoying your flat and life in Berlin. One more important thing to mention from my personal experience. If you have any issue’s with your flat that needs repair and looked into, always contact your Hausverwaltung first rather than your landlord. They are the ones managing your landlords property therefore they should always be contacted first. Otherwise your landlord might ignore your emails or phone calls.