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Settlement of utility costs - what landlords and tenants should definitely pay attention to


Just moved in, the question arises for many: When does the first service charge bill come? We have the answer.

Just moved in, the question arises for many: When does the first service charge bill come?

We have the answer.

With the monthly rent *, the tenants also give part of the ancillary costs to the landlord.

The annual statement then shows whether too much or too little was paid.

The additional costs for the tenant might increase.

When the utility bill must be sent and the time in which the tenant can appeal against it is regulated by law.

You can find out how here.

Settlement of additional costs: What deadlines do landlords and tenants have to observe?

Whether you have just moved in or not, the utility bill is submitted annually.

The period of

maximum 12 months after the end of the accounting period

must the


to comply.

Otherwise the tenant has the right not to pay the required additional payments.

This law is regulated by Section 556 of the German Civil Code (BGB).

But there is an exception if the landlord is "not responsible for the late assertion", according to the BGB.

This one-year accounting period is intended to ensure “legal security and legal clarity”.

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one month

to calmly

check the utility bill


For this you can, for example, request to see the original documents, so


The portal also advises not to refuse payment under any circumstances.

As a result, you could end up in court faster than you thought.

Then it is better to pay the ancillary costs under reserve and ask for an extension of the document review.

Service billing: what does it all include?

  • Property tax

  • Other operating costs

  • Garbage collection, street cleaning

  • building superintendent

  • Vermin control

  • heating costs

  • Water costs

  • Hot water costs

  • chimney sweeper

  • House cleaning

  • Garden maintenance

  • elevator

  • lighting

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How high the costs are should be listed in the rental agreement.

The heating costs and the hot water costs are calculated based on consumption.

Many landlords divide the consumption-independent services among the tenants - others calculate the cold operating costs based on the living space.

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Source: merkur

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