High rents: will Würzburg be like Munich?

Anyone looking for an apartment in Würzburg has to be prepared for high rents. The days of cheap accommodation are long gone. But where does it cost a lot?

An apartment with a view of the fortress?  This now creates an even bigger hole in the wallet.

An apartment with a view of the fortress? This now creates an even bigger hole in the wallet. Photo: Kathrin Königl

An apartment with a view of the fortress costs a lot of money. If there is also a roof terrace and a high-quality laminate floor in the office, the piggy bank really glows. Future tenants will have to shell out EUR 2,150 basic rent if they are interested in the 135 square meter property offered on the Internet in the middle of downtown Würzburg. At almost 16 euros per square meter, this is a proud price even for the cathedral city. Because the prices in the inner city area were last December according to the real estate portal “immowelt.de” between EUR 8.81 and EUR 15.93 per square meter.

How expensive apartments have become in the old town

Such expensive properties are not the main problem in Würzburg, because even small properties, which are often popular with students or low-income people, have become more expensive in recent years. According to another portal called “wohnungsboerse.net “a 30 square meter apartment cost 7.27 euros per square meter in 2011. In 2018 it was already 12.97 euros. According to its own information, the website lists around 170,000 apartment entries across Germany, from which the operators draw these conclusions.

There is no rent index in Würzburg

Keeping an overview between all the real estate portals – especially when looking for a home – is not easy. Because the portals calculate their statistics according to different criteria, including price developments and average values. But there is no other option. While other cities like Schweinfurt have an official rent index, there is none in Würzburg.

Move your mouse over the map and you will see the rental prices in the individual districts

The SPD city council faction requested the city administration by application in April 2019 to submit an annual report on the development of apartment rents in the city towards the end of the year. “Knowledge of the rent development is of great importance for the work of city councilors,” says Hans Werner Loew in the application.

But the application was not followed up, and there will be no report similar to the rent index from the city in the near future. The town hall argues on a total of three sides. In short: The creation is too expensive, has to be re-created every four years and a rent index does not make any statements about current existing rents. Social housing would also not be included. In addition, there are efforts, for example on the part of the German Tenants’ Association, that the creation of a rent index should be adjusted. A reform is currently being discussed at the initiative of the federal government. “The proposal is to wait for the results of the legislative process on the rent index,” the city administration said in a written statement.

When it comes to rent increases and comparisons, the Würzburg Tenants’ Association is the first point of contact for many tenants. In an article by Bayerischer Rundfunk in 2016, a representative of the association regretted that the city did not create a rent index. There was no response from the tenants’ association to a current request from this editorial team.

City: Rents have increased

The fact that real estate prices have risen again is also confirmed by the city administration without rent index. “With a consistently high demand, this is due to the consistently low supply of real estate in Würzburg every year,” says a press release. This shows the so-called real estate market report. It is based, among other things, on anonymous evaluations of the purchase contract documents.

Rents put such a strain on the wallet

The consequence of this: Würzburgers have to expect more and more expenses when it comes to living. It was only in December that the German Real Estate Association presented a study in which Würzburg is almost on a par with Munich. While private households in the Bavarian state capital have to spend 28.8 percent of their budget on the apartment, in Würzburg it is 26.9 percent. This is second place across Bavaria. The association predicts that the situation will remain tense in the future due to the location in the Main Valley and the associated restrictions on the expansion of building land.

  • Würzburg

  • Lucas Kesselhut

  • Bavarian radio

  • German Tenants’ Association

  • Hans Werner Loew

  • Immobilienportale

  • Real estate prices

  • Municipality Alver Walt Kid

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  • Rent increases

  • Tenants

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