How expensive will heating still be?

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Real estate has to be heated – but this is becoming more and more expensive. An evaluation by Immowelt shows how expensive it is for tenants in German cities.

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Frankfurt Rising energy prices can not only be seen at the petrol pumps – many tenants will also experience a nasty shock when it comes to their ancillary costs, experts predict. Because heating is becoming more expensive. The online portal Immowelt has now calculated how high the costs are – and will be. According to this, residents of a family-friendly 90 square meter apartment in major German cities have to spend up to 117 euros on heating every month.

It is most expensive for tenants in Munich: On the median, the landlords on Immowelt estimate the above-mentioned 117 euros for heating costs for 90 square meters – the rent including heating therefore amounts to 1764 euros.

In most of the 14 cities surveyed, monthly heating costs of 99 euros can be expected for a 90 square meter apartment. This is the case in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Berlin, Nuremberg and Leipzig. In Cologne, Stuttgart, Bremen, Dortmund or Essen, the heating costs for such apartments are 90 euros. In comparison, tenants in Düsseldorf and Hanover heat the heating cheapest, where the median heating costs are currently 72 euros.

Heating costs for tenants in German cities are rising significantly

The city with the second-highest value in the survey is surprising: heating costs of 108 euros are due in Dresden. However, due to the lower basic rent, the total costs of 801 euros are well below the totals in the Bavarian state capital.

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But in view of the constantly rising prices, experts fear that tenants will face even higher costs in the future – it will only become clear in a few months how high these will be. Because the heating costs are paid to the landlord as an advance payment, the ancillary costs are only adjusted after the year-end bill, unless a direct contract with a gas supplier is necessary, as is the case with gas heating.

>> Read more here on the debate as to whether rents in Germany are too high. Because landlords say: No, they are not.

But one thing is already clear: Many tenants have an additional payment in store for 2021, and probably not a small one.

Rising gas prices and heating oil prices affect rental costs

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the gas price for end consumers in Germany increased by eight percent between January and December 2021, heating oil rose by 31 percent and district heating by six percent. The Ukraine war is also driving up prices.

At Immowelt, reference is made to forecasts according to which a doubling in the coming months is even possible. This would increase the total monthly rent for 90 square meters in Munich from 1764 euros to 1881 euros, 234 euros of which would be the monthly heating budget alone. In a city that already has high basic rents, that would correspond to an increase in total housing costs of seven percent.

Rents including heating would also increase by seven percent in Stuttgart (EUR 1,431) and Cologne (EUR 1,359), while an increase of eight percent would result for Frankfurt am Main (EUR 1,395) and Hamburg (EUR 1,314). On average, it would be around 100 euros more in housing costs.

In this scenario, Berlin would climb above the 1000 euro mark: 90 square meters would then cost a median total rent of 1017 euros. That would correspond to a price increase of eleven percent.

This will be a problem for many renters. And as Vonovia boss Rolf Buch recently warned: After all, you can’t just pull on several sweaters to save significantly on heating costs – there is a risk that the cold apartments will go moldy.

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