Posted in Germany forum
Me and my husband are moving to Germany for his new job near Stuttgart. Currently we live in The Netherlands and have a big problem renting the apartment from distance. Basicly nobody want's to rent us the apartment without viewing it first, even though my husband can provide a job contract and a contact person in his new company, who can confirm his employment and answer all questions. Unfortunately we can't come to Germany (Stuttgart area) earlier to just look for apartments and our time to move is becoming very limited. What can we do in this situation? We need to move in the second week of August and so far we have no place to stay and move our belongings. I really count on Your advice!
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You are right: No (honest) German landlord would accept you as tenant without a meeting in person - and neither should you accept a place without having seen it. There is too much overpriced rubbish on the market - really!
Also, renting cycles are long, with the minimum termination period being three months and most places getting advertised and the better ones quickly taken up months before move-in.
Therefore my advice: Do it like most foreigners moving here and arrange temporary accommodation for the initial few months (hotels, hostels and serviced apartments are available, though not cheap), put your belongings in storage (your moving company can arrange that for you, usually not too expensive) and start looking for a place you really like after arrival. Everything else is unrealistic!