Single people and families pay the highest rents per square meter | Free press

According to the analysis, single people and families have to pay particularly high rents – especially in large cities. Because housing for these groups is often scarce.


According to research, single people and large families pay the highest rents per square meter in Germany. The distance to other types of housing is particularly pronounced in large cities, according to an analysis of the data provider Empirica Regio, which is available to the German Press Agency.

Accordingly, the average rent for a one-room flat in Germany last year was EUR 9.84 per square meter. Flats with five or more rooms were offered at EUR 8.78 per square meter. On the other hand, two-room flats were cheaper by EUR 8.72 per square meter, as were the three-room (8.41) and four-room (8.42) flats.

Metropolises are expensive

In metropolitan areas such as Munich, Hamburg and Berlin, families and single people had to pay more than other tenants for the advertised rents surveyed. Flats with five or more rooms were therefore available for a good 13.71 euro per square meter, one room apartments for 13.50 euro. Both were above the average rent of EUR 12.79 per square meter. Two-, three- or four-room apartments were also cheaper.

The information shows that similar patterns occurred in other large cities (B locations). On the other hand, in regions of stagnation and shrinkage, one- and two-room apartments were in demand and more expensive than other types of apartments. “Our research suggests that it is in the developing regions that the highest rents per square meter for single and family housing are demanded,” said Jan Grade, Managing Director of Empirica Regio.

Family-friendly housing is lacking

“Too few family-friendly housing is being built in big cities.” The rents for large flats also increased at an above-average pace. This attracts young families, important for the development of cities, to the surrounding area.

The study shows that in metropolises four-room apartments and more were completed, including one- and two-family houses: compared to the five-year periods 2011-2015 and 2016-2020, they decreased from an average of 8,500 flats per year to 6,700. more they accounted for only 15, not 29 percent of all put into use.

At the same time, the number of completed one- or two-room flats increased two and a half times – from 7,400 to 19,100 per year, and their share in all completed flats from 25 to 42 percent.

The real estate industry is often responding to the growing number of households by building individual housing units, Grade said. The data showed that the number of households with three or more people in cities A and B has grown faster in recent years than the number of small households. “The target group of families is in danger of being overlooked.” They need more housing. (dpa)

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