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Rent Reduction Table Germany

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  • Often the question arises, by how much the rent can be reduced, but it depends on each individual case

Rent Reduction Tables for Tenants and Landlords

Court rulings in rent reduction tables only indicate the amount of rent reduction that may be appropriate. The portion of the rent reduction is based on the disturbance in the use of the apartment or house. If the problem is minor, the rent cannot be reduced, but the landlord must be asked to solve that problem.

The basis for rent reduction is the gross amount.

Rent Reduction Table: Noise, Construction Noise, Children’s Noise

ReasonVerdictReduction
Loud musicAG Braunschweig, 03.08.1989, 113 C 168/89 (9)50%
Noise from two restaurantsLG Berlin, 05.08.2002, 67 S 342/0140%
Construction noiseLG Darmstadt, 18.03.1983, 17 S 284/8225%
Noise from Garage doorAG Mainz, 13.11.2002, 81 C 230/0120%
Noise from Glas containerAG Rudolstadt, 20.05.1999, 1 C 914/9810%
Children’s noiseAG Hamburg-Bergedorf, 11.11.2008, 409 C 285/080%

Rent Reduction Table: Power and Heating Failure, Water Damage

ReasonVerdictReduction
Power failureAG Neukölln, 20.10.1987, 15 C 23/87 100% 
Complete heating failure from September to FebruaryLG Berlin, WuM 1993, 185100%
Heating failure in winterLG Berlin, 18.08.2002, 67 T 70/02 75% 
Gas supply failure in winter – no heating, hot water and cookingAG Nürnberg, 22.03.2017, 16 C 127/1660%
Water ingress – use of commercial premises not possibleLG München, 13.11.1985, 15 S 11147/8540%
Clogged toiletAG Hannover, 10.10.2008, 559 C 3475/0850%
Sewerage blockedAG Groß-Gerau, 19.07.1979, 21 C 1336/78  38% 
Clogged drain in the showerAG Köln, 206 C 85/9530%
Water penetration from the ceilingAG Kiel, 26.06.1980, 13 C 9/80 30% 
Rusty waterAG Görlitz, 03.11.1997, 1 C 1320/96 20% 
Water boiler faultyAG München, 10.01.1991, 232 C 37276/90 15% 
Loose power socketLG Berlin, 13.01.2004, 64 S 334/03 0,5% 

Rent Reduction Table: Mold, Moisture

ReasonVerdictReduction
Danger to health due to mold infestationAG Charlottenburg, GE 2007, 1387100%
Moisture in the kitchen, living room and bedroom, musty smell and mold growthAG Hamburg, WuM 1987, 27280%
Moisture in the wallsLG Berlin, GE 1991, 57350%

Rent Reduction Table: Other

ReasonVerdictReduction
Mice in apartmentAG Brandenburg a. d. Havel, 06.08.2001, 32 C 520/00100%
Rat infestation in the apartmentAG Dülmen, 3 C 128/1280%
Scaffolding in front of apartmentBGH, 12.12.2012, VIII ZR 181/1250%
Asbestos from electric heatersLG Dortmund, ZMR 1994, 410.50%
Insect infestationAG Trier, 11.09.2008, 8 C 53/0850%
Formaldehyde in harmful concentrationsLG München I, NJW-RR 1991, 97550%
Smell due to keeping of animals by another tenantAG Köln, WuM 1989, 23433%
SmellAG Köln, 27.09.1988, 201 C 457/8745%
Pigeon infestationLG Freiburg, 19.06.1997, 3 S 386/9635%
Nesting pigeonsAG Pforzheim, 09.03.2000, 2 C 118/0130%
Contamination by using inadequate parquet adhesiveBGH, VIII ZR 411/12; WuM 2013, 253; 2014, 2630%
Attic extension impairmentsLG Berlin, 08.03.1996, 64 S 357/9533%
Non-functional shower or bathAG Köln, 206 C 85/95; WuM 1998, 69033%
Criminal neighborsAG Köln, 04.01.1978, 152 C 1322/7725%
Moth infestationAG Bremen, 05.12.2001, 25 C 0118/0125%
Apartment door not lockableAG Potsdam, 09.03.1995, 26 C 406/9425%
Apartment doors are missingAG Hamburg-Altona, ZMR 2008, 29825%
Brothel in the neighborhoodAG Wiesbaden, WuM 1998, 315.20%
Cracked laminateAG Schöneberg, 10.04.2008, 109 C 256/0720%
Cigarette smoke from the neighboring apartmentLG Stuttgart, 27.05.1998, 5 S 421/9720%
The smell of cigarettes permeates the ceiling and walls of the neighboring apartmentAG Charlottenburg, 17.03.2008, 211 C 3/0710%
Non-functional showerAG Köln, 28.11.1986, 221 C 85/8616,66%
Damaged carpetOLG Celle, 19.10.1994, 2 U 216/9315%
Elevator failure, 4th floorAG Charlottenburg,15.12.1989, 2 C 484/8910%
Mailbox is missingAG Köln, 16.12.1993, 208 C 124/935%
Broken kitchen stoveLG Berlin, 13.10.1980, 61 S 171/80 5%
Odor nuisance from butcher shopAG Pankow/Weißensee, 05.08.2004, 3 C 71/03 5%
Draft due to non-sealing doors and windowsLG Kassel, WuM 2003, 67020%
Draft due to non-sealing doorsOLG Düsseldorf, 23.03.2000, 10 U 160/97 5% 
Contractually guaranteed parking space cannot be usedAG Köln, 220 C 215/9910%
Balcony not usableAG Bonn, WuM 1986, 21215%
Roller shutter brokenLG Berlin,14.09.2006, 62 S 90/06 3%

The tenants must pay the rent but if the tenants live in a damaged apartment or house or have another problem, they must pay only the partial rent (#536 Rent reduction in the event of material and legal defects BGB). Important is that as soon as a defect or problem occurs, the tenant must notify the landlord of the defects or the issue in writing. Tenant notice of defects or problems should include a deadline. If the landlord does not remove the defect or solve a problem, the tenant has the right to reduce the rent after the deadline, until the damage is corrected or the problem is solved.

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