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Accomodation glossary

Useful terms and phrases while you go house hunting in the city.

German word German abbreviation (as used in ads) Translation
1-Zimmer Apartment,
1-Zi.-App. Studio apartement
1-Zi.-Whg Studio apartement
Zweiraumwohnung (3- 
Zimmerwohnung, 4- 
Zimmerwohnung etc.) 
2-Zi.Whg., (3-Zi.-Whg., 4-
Zi.Whg. etc.)
Two room (i.e. one bedroom) 
apartment etc.: the German 
system gives the total number 
of rooms (bedrooms and 
reception rooms) rather than 
just bedrooms 
Ab 1.1.2021 Available starting 1 January 2023
Ablöse Abl. One-off payment to previous 
tenant for fixtures and fittings 
Altbau Altb. Old building (usually built
before 1920) 
Bad/WC Bathroom with toilet
Balkon Blk. Balcony
Bürgschaft Guaranty
Dachgeschoss DG Attic, top floor
Doppelhaushälfte DHH Semi-detached house
Diele Hallway
Einbauküche EBK Fitted kitchen
Einbauschrank Einbauschr. Built-in closet
Einfamilienhaus EFH Single-family house (can be detached,
semi-detached or row house)
Einkommensnachweis Proof of income
Erdgeschoss EG Ground floor
Freistehendes Haus FH Detached house
Fußbodenheizung Fußb.-Hzg. Underfloor heating
Garage Gar. Garage
Gartenmitbenutzung Communal garden
Gasheizung Gas Hzg. Gas heating
Gemeinschaftskeller Communal basement
Hausratversicherung Household contents insurance
Hobbyraum Hobbyr. Hobby room
Hochparterre Mezzanine floor
Heizung Hzg. Heating
Kaltmiete Rent exclusive heating
Kaution KT Security deposit
Keller Basement, cellar
Kochnische Kochn. Kitchenette
Komplett möbliert Möbl. Fully furnished
Maklerprovision Estate agent´s commission
Miete, Mietzins Monthly rent
Mietschuldenfreiheit Document stating that you 
have no rent debts 
Möbliert Möbl. Furnished
Nebenkosten NK, Nk. Ancillary costs
Neubau Neub. New building
Obergeschoss (e.g.
1. Obergeschoss)
OG Upper floor  (e.g. 1st floor) 
Ölheizung Öl-Hzg. Oil heating
Ohne Provision ohne Prov. No estate agent´s commission
Pantryküche Kitchenette
Provision Prov. Estate agent´s commission
Quadratmeter qm, m² Square meter
Ruhige Lage ruh. Lage Quiet location
Credit rating
Sofort beziehbar Sof. bez. Available immediately
Souterrain Basement