Energy costs constitute a significant portion of a property’s monthly operating expenses. With the ever-increasing prices of electricity and fossil fuels, landlords and tenants are facing significant challenges in the upcoming period.

Heating, electricity, and hot water costs are generally considered “recoverable operating costs” of a property. These costs are usually settled through monthly advance payments agreed upon in the lease contract. At the end of the accounting period, the landlord prepares an annual utility bill, where any excess or shortfall in the advance payments is refunded to or billed to the tenant.

Upcoming Utility Bills

Given the rising prices, it is expected that upcoming utility bills will be considerably higher than in previous years. For this reason, it is in the mutual interest of both parties to increase the monthly advance payment for operating costs. By doing so, landlords do not have to bear the costs in advance, and tenants may avoid financial strain when the utility bill is due.

Transparency is crucial for both parties, and tenants can contribute significantly to reducing the cost burden through individual behavior. However, when it comes to energy conservation, especially during winter, it is important to be mindful of the risk of mold formation. Cold air can hold less moisture, increasing the risk of mold growth, especially on cold walls exposed to moisture over an extended period. Therefore, it is advisable to use proper ventilation methods to remove excess moisture from the apartment without excessively cooling it down.

Landlords need not worry much about the general gas supply. The supply of gas to private households is particularly protected by law in Germany and should generally be secured.

Are you interested in investment properties with significant appreciation potential? Then we have something for you! Our exclusive mandate provides access to off-market properties with high potential that we have developed ourselves. Sign up now for free and without obligation.

Comments are closed.