Cheap rental apartments directly from the landlord.

Cheap rental apartments with or without a residence entitlement certificate are in short supply. There is fierce competition for the most attractive WBS apartments, especially in conurbations. Because the demand for social housing is much greater than the supply, many providers aggressively refrain from advertising their best offers on property search engines.

On this page you will find apartments with WBS and cheap rental apartments directly from the provider. Increase your chances of finding a publicly subsidized apartment and apply directly to the landlord with the tenant self-assessment and SCHUFA.

The WBS certificate is intended for a period of one year and is only valid in the respective federal state. Select your federal state and find your new subsidized WBS apartment.

Baden-Württemberg

Alle Wohnungsangebote mit WBS werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

Social housing is becoming scarce. The number of social housing units in Baden-Württemberg has decreased significantly in recent years. Currently there are almost 56,000 flats with a residence entitlement certificate in Baden-Württemberg. This is bad news for many eligible persons and households. The state government wants to counteract this with a subsidy program. The planned rental space subsidy of the state of BW is aimed at new construction as well as the acquisition of new socially bound housing. The housing shortage in Stuttgart and the surrounding area is particularly tense. Today, there are still almost 29,000 apartments with WBS in Stuttgart. On the other hand, there is currently a waiting list of almost 5,000 households. With the concept „Living in Stuttgart“, 1,8000 flats with 600 new social housing units per year were decided in Stuttgart. This is by far not enough to compensate for the increasing number of people eligible for subsidies, the Verband der Immobilienwirtschaft (Association of the Real Estate Industry) also believes and demands significantly more efforts from politicians.

Bayern

Alle Wohnungsangebote mit WBS werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

The Free State of Bavaria is the largest of the 16 German states in terms of area. A total of about 14 million people live in Bavaria, most of whom live in the state capital Munich. The housing situation is particularly tense in the large cities, such as Nuremberg, Augsburg and Regenburg.

Social rental apartments are intended to cushion the negative consequences of rising rents. But for years now, politicians have hardly been able to keep up with the construction of social housing. Experts from the Pestel Research Institute, commissioned by Caritas, estimate that 80,000 new social housing units are needed annually in Munich alone. Unfortunately, the reality is different: in the Free State of Bavaria there are about 150,000 subsidized social housing units. The waiting lists for a cheap WBS apartment are correspondingly long. In Munich there are over 3,000 subsidised apartments. Every year, 2000 new apartments are to be added in the state capital. In Augsburg, 700 social housing units are mediated by the Wohnungsbau GmbH for the district of Augsburg (WBL) while in Regensburg the Wohnbau GmbH is a real insider tip for people looking for accommodation.

Berlin

Alle Wohnungsangebote werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

The capital Berlin has literally exploded in recent years. The Tagesspiegel headlines Berlin is already full – now everyone is moving to the surrounding area. In many districts, this development is accompanied by a rapid rise in rents.

For holders of residential entitlement certificates there are only a few possibilities to find a cheap apartment. A glance at the bare figures is enough: in the last 5 years rents have increased by an average of 25 percent! Against this background, it is particularly regrettable that social housing construction in Berlin is declining rapidly. Whereas in 2008 there were 170,000 social housing units with a residence entitlement certificate, the number of WBS flats in Berlin will have fallen to 100,000 by 2018. Flats on Maybachufer and Manitiusstraße in Berlin-Neukölln are particularly affected. This sought-after residential area for young people has to give way to more and more social housing and additionally increases the social pressure on the lower income classes!

WBS flats are increasingly found in the centre of Berlin or in Neukölln with about 15,000 social housing units each. Due to the growing population and the accompanying shortage of housing, the pressure on people looking for housing is increasing. The WBS already seems to have become almost useless for those affected. While the number of WBS apartments has almost halved, the number of holders of residential entitlement certificates has almost doubled over the same period. The chance of finding a sought-after apartment with the so-called B-schein is low – but still possible. Every year, 5,000 WBS apartments become available in Berlin. Especially the Berlin housing associations mentioned above still offer affordable social housing today.

Brandenburg

Alle Wohnungsangebote mit WBS werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

In 2019, the number of social housing units in Brandenburg fell drastically compared to the previous year. The social housing stock has collapsed by almost 30 percent. There are 29,000 social housing units in Brandenburg. Especially in the Berlin area, the housing market is becoming increasingly tight. For this reason, the state government is taking countermeasures and has increased new subsidies for the construction of new and rent-controlled housing.

As the second pillar of the support programme, in addition to the construction of new apartments, the occupancy commitments for social housing in the cities of Neuruppin, Brandenburg/Havel, Wustermark, Hennigsdorf, Teltow and Potsdam will be extended.

Bremen

Alle Wohnungsangebote werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

Bremen needs more affordable apartments with a WBS certificate. Whereas in the 1980s there were around 90,000 social housing units, there are still around 8,000 subsidised WBS apartments in Bremen today.

The reason for the rapid downward trend in affordable housing can be traced back to the 1990s. The black-yellow federal government abolished the non-profit housing scheme. As a result, many municipal and socially-oriented housing companies were privatised or wound up. As a consequent consequence, social housing construction in Germany and especially in Bremen declined significantly.

For many people looking for accommodation, GEWOBA is the social conscience of the city of Bremen. There, many holders of residential entitlement certificates can still find affordable apartments. But this is by far not enough. The city of Bremen has just decided that new buildings on municipal land must be at least 25 percent social housing. Unfortunately this initiative remains wishful thinking to this day. Many projects are currently failing because of citizens‘ petitions or the availability of suitable building land.

The proposal to achieve a higher social balance in poorer neighbourhoods is particularly criticised. However, this „better social mix“ only works if people with higher incomes move to the poorer districts, such as Gröpelingen or Tenever. The government’s plan is that poorer districts will be provided with fewer social housing units than comparably richer districts. While the construction of social housing in richer parts of the city may well encourage a mix of people, it does not work the other way round. The influx of higher earners can only be sustainably improved by better infrastructure, schools, day-care centres and transport connections.

Hamburg

Alle Wohnungsangebote werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

There are currently around 80,000 social housing units in Hamburg. However, this is by far not enough to meet the growing demand for affordable housing for low-income population groups. To counteract this, the city of Hamburg intends to invest hundreds of millions of euros in the coming years to create housing for low-income groups.

A popular meeting point for many Hamburg residents is the SAGA or directly the city of Hamburg. Around 40 percent of tenants living in Hamburg are entitled to a social housing. The problem in many places: every year, social housing falls out of the regulated price maintenance. The bottom line is that last year more flats with a residential entitlement certificate were thrown out than new ones were built. This is increasing the pressure on housing seekers.

Hessen

Alle Wohnungsangebote werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

The stock of subsidised apartments with a residential entitlement certificate has fallen significantly in recent years. There are currently 80,000 social housing units in Hessen. Frankfurt and Wiesbaden are particularly affected by the loss of subsidized housing. The state government in Hesse wants to counteract this and has decided on new subsidy sums for social housing construction. By 2024, 20,000 new apartments are to be built for holders of residential entitlement certificates. The aim of the social programme is to rent out housing at a level significantly below the rent. Nassauische Heimstätte, which is majority-owned by the State of Hesse, is currently letting in Frankfurt for about half the market price. This is urgently needed in view of the rising rents. Unfortunately, the almost 15,000 apartments are far from sufficient. Critics feel confirmed. Currently, 50,000 households are waiting for a new subsidised apartment, which means that the situation on the Hessian housing market will remain tense for the foreseeable future.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Alle Wohnungsangebote werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania there are 6,000 social rental apartments for eligible households with a residence entitlement certificate. Although about 100 new WBS flats are built every year, the number of state-subsidised housing has been declining for years.

For this reason, politicians have launched the initiative „Future of Housing“. The aim of the support programme is to support the construction of new housing in the mainly larger cities in MV such as Rostock, Lübeck, Schwerin and Greifswald. Furthermore, the social division in the cities is to be counteracted. The latest housing market forecasts put the future demand for housing in the state at 30,000 new apartments by 2030.

With the aim of a housing market policy oriented towards the common good, politicians want to take responsibility for housing. This is to be achieved by ensuring that the state retains the land for future housing construction projects and that it is allocated to citizens at particularly favourable rents.

Niedersachsen

Alle Wohnungsangebote mit WBS werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

Just under every 20th flat in Lower Saxony is a social housing. This is aggravated by the fact that the stock of rented flats with a residence entitlement certificate is continuously decreasing due to the expiring social ties. There are currently 80,000 state-subsidized apartments in Lower Saxony. The state capital of Hanover alone accounts for a good third of the subsidised housing. However, this is not enough at the front and back to cover the large number of households eligible for subsidies. Nonetheless, socially-bound housing construction has been declining for years. In the next few years a further 27,600 dwellings will fall out of the bond. In contrast, there are more than 1,000 newly completed WBS apartments in Lower Saxony every year.

Nordrhein-Westfalen

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Alle Wohnungsangebote mit WBS werden mit freundlicher Unterstützung von immowelt.de (*) zur Verfügung gestellt.

The number of apartments with a residence entitlement certificate in NRW is falling. The most populous federal state in Germany has almost 500,000 social housing units. At first glance, there seems to be enough affordable housing available. But this impression is deceptive. The NRW Bank calculates that by 2027, 13,000 flats will fall out of the fixed price system each year and, in contrast, only just under 10,000 new social housing units will be created in NRW. This will not solve the housing shortage for low-income households in the future either. The situation for price-fixed rental apartments is particularly tense at present in Herne with 5,000 or Gelsenkirchen with 11,000 WBS apartments.

Rheinland-Pfalz

Cheap apartments with a residence permit are scarce in many places. There are more than 50,000 social housing units in the entire state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Every year, about 500 new subsidized housing units are completed for low-income households. But there are also glimmers of hope for people looking for housing. Although the stock of social housing has been declining for years, especially in the state capital of Mainz and Koblenz, every fourth apartment in new construction areas is to receive social subsidies.

Saarland

The Saarland needs more social housing. For this reason, the VdW Saar demands improved concepts for social housing promotion. There are half a million rented flats in Saarland, 500 of which are available for households with a residence entitlement certificate. In recent years, social housing construction has been on ice. In order for social housing construction to pick up speed again, there will be „real subsidies“ in the future, thus creating 500 new social housing units. Most of the newly created social housing will be built in Saarbrücken.

Sachsen

Saxony urgently needs new affordable housing. While 100,000 subsidised apartments were still available in 2007, the number will have fallen to 12,000 WBS apartments in Saxony by 2017. The majority of the subsidised apartments are located in Dresden. Nearly 10,000 households with a residence permit find affordable rental housing in Dresden. On the other hand, the social commitment to affordable housing in Leipzig with 500 flats is still clearly expandable. Current studies suggest that the number of subsidised housing units must be doubled by 2025 in order to meet the increasing demand of WBS applicants.

Sachsen-Anhalt

In Saxony-Anhalt there are 4,000 apartments with WBS mandatory. Unfortunately, a large part of the affordable apartments are already rented. Therefore the waiting lists are long. Every year, almost 1,000 new residential entitlement certificates are issued. Most of the new issues for occupancy-bound apartments in the state are accounted for by the cities of Halle and Magdeburg. This development is contrasted by the continuing development of expiring occupancy ties. In concrete terms, this means that social housing is only reserved for eligible households for a period of up to 30 years. In 2023, for example, 172 flats in Magdeburg will fall out of the social commitment. From 2026 on, another 200 apartments with a residential entitlement certificate will be removed from the price fixing in Magdeburg and 500 in Halle.

In order to break the negative vicious circle of high demand and a decreasing supply of suitable housing, the municipal housing company HWG, for example, based in Halle, has committed itself to offering affordable housing. For this reason, HWG will introduce a minimum quota for its stock, which will be offered at particularly low prices. As a further building block for social housing, HWG, as the largest landlord in the city of Halle, offers flexible rents. These should, for example, enable tenants to continue living in the apartment even if they are temporarily unemployed. This voluntary commitment by the City of Halle comes into force on October 1, 2019.

The HWG self-obligation applies to the following districts:

The HWG obligation applies to districts in which HWG owns more than 1,000 apartments. At the moment, the city-owned regulation thus affects 2,250 apartments. Extrapolated to HWG’s current stock of 18,000 apartments, every 8th apartment of the current 18,000 apartments is affected by the social subsidy.

  • Old town district – 300 apartments
  • Heide-Nord – 350 apartments
  • Northern city centre – 250 apartments
  • Silberhöhe – 400 apartments
  • Southern city centre – 300 apartments
  • Südstadt – 400 apartments
  • Trotha – 250 apartments

Schleswig-Holstein

There are 50,000 social housing units in the northernmost federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. In Kiel in particular, the sale of KWG (Kieler Wohnungsbaugesellschaft) at the beginning of the 2000s with 10,000 apartments at that time has drastically reduced the number of subsidised apartments in Kiel. With the re-establishment of Kiwog almost 20 years later, the city of Kiel is now combating the decline of subsidised apartments. At the end of 2019, the draft for the re-establishment of the Kiwog was approved by a majority of votes in the Council Parliament. The primary goal of the Kiwog will be to provide affordable housing for low income groups in all parts of the city. To this end, the city will be bought up, pre-sale rights and „junk real estate“ will be modernised and finally made available to the housing market again.

Thüringen

In Thuringia there are 15,000 WBS apartments for low-income households. While there were over 60,000 state-subsidized housing units in 2005, the total number of social housing units has been declining for years. According to current Thuringian politicians, new social housing is being planned in the state. The plan is to build 250 new WBS apartments annually.

This is also urgently necessary. Especially in the conurbations around Jena, Erfurt and Weimar, the housing market is increasingly tight.

In Erfurt, the first point of contact for WBS entitled apartment seekers is the Kommunale Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH Erfurt (KoWo). With a stock of 13,000 flats, the housing company is an important lessor of social housing. The company is 100% owned by the state capital Erfurt.

Holders of a residence entitlement certificate in the university town of Jena should contact the municipal housing association JenaWohnen with its 14,000 apartments in the Jena area. With the aim of creating affordable living space in Jena, this subsidiary of the Stadtwerke Energie Jena-Pößneck is a reliable landlord. Those looking for accommodation can be supported by the housing association with commission-free and deposit-free services.

Germany-wide WBS apartments

In order to be able to rent a publicly subsidized apartment, a so-called Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS) is required. Unfortunately, the WBS certificate does not give you a general entitlement to a cheap apartment. Therefore, you have to apply for a suitable apartment in good time.

Social housing in Germany

Rents for social housing in Germany are regulated by the state. People for whom the state authorities see a special need may live there. However, apartments fall out of „commitment“ after a certain period of time and can be rented normally on the market. As a result, the number of available social housing units has been declining in recent years.