With the growing demands on the mobility and flexibility of employees in their everyday working lives, the demand for alternative living concepts is also increasing. Since the conventional housing markets in major cities are often tight and highly priced, and the search for housing in Germany involves a not inconsiderable amount of bureaucracy, young professionals and expatriates are often unable to find housing. The furnished accommodation segment closes the gap between the housing market and serviced accommodation. Here, living in a (partially) furnished apartment or room for an unlimited period of time is possible without any services.
The submarket of furnished apartments is currently still quite confusing. There are already some professional operating companies, but it is mainly private landlords who offer individual apartments (partly) furnished. As a result, living comfort and quality standards in terms of furnishings and equipment are extremely varied in each case. Especially for work-related stays, the question of safety in a furnished apartment arises:
- Do the furnished apartments comply with all legal requirements regarding data privacy, fire and health protection?
- How easy is it to get hold of the apartment key?
- Who has access to this furnished apartment other than the tenant?
- What about legal security in case of unforeseen changes in the length of stay?
- Who is responsible for any repair work that may occur?
- Can a professional invoice be issued?
Since there are (still) no binding minimum standards for furnishing, and furnished apartments are usually not "ready to move in" (i. e. completely equipped down to the teaspoon), when renting a (partially) furnished apartment you also have to factor in acquisition costs for bedding, bed linen, kitchen equipment and, if necessary, other small items of furniture.
In a serviced apartment you don't have to worry about this, there you can simply move in and immediately feel at home ("ready-to-live" concept). For this reason, Apartmentservice does not offer (partially) furnished apartments in its portfolio. In the serviced apartments of our partners, you can be sure that the accommodations comply with the companies' travel policies and that bookers fulfill their duty of care towards their employees or customers.