Finding an Apartment in Graz
They say there is no place like home. Since you are making Graz your new home, let us help as you search for (and find) that apartment or house you will soon be settling down in.
There are several helpful websites and resources out there to assist you in your search for a new home in Graz. However, since most, if not all, of these resources are only available in German, we'll help you decipher the key words, taking you one step closer to find what you're looking for.
Key words to know:
Mietwohnung: apartment for rent
Haus zu verkaufen: house for sale
Mietkauf: rent to buy
Kaution: security deposit, often noted as 2MM meaning 2 months' rent deposit
Provision: relator's commission which is sometimes negotiable, so ask!
Vergebührung: extra fees to the financial authorities
Hausordnung: list of rules for all residents in a building
Altbau: built prior to World War II, generally have high ceilings
Neubau: newly constructed building
Heizung: heating - there are many types:
Fernwärme - teleheating / long-distance heating
Nachtspeicheheizung - night storage heating (the heater charges only at night, for lower cost, but never during the day)
Ölheizung - oil heating system
Kachelofen - tiled stove typically fed with wood
Online Resources for Apartments and Houses:
- Facebook group: WOHNUNGen GRAZ - PROVISIONSFREI!!! - Apartments in Graz free of commission
Online Resources for Shared Apartments (WGs):
Check out the local newspapers for housing listings (Anzeige or Annoncen)
die Kleine Zeitung, die Fundgrube, die Kronen Zeitung, der Grazer
Residential Building Management Companies and Associations:
- ÖWG - Austrian housing cooperative (Österreichische Wohnbaugenossenschaft)
- GWS - Alpine organization for residential construction and estate business (Gemeinnützige Alpenländische Gesellschaft für Wohnungsbau und Siedlungswesen m.b.H.)
- GBV - Austrian Organization of Building Associations
The German word for realtor is Makler and a real estate agency is Maklerbüro or Immobilienbüro.
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