How to get a free Schufa in Berlin

If you are applying for an apartment in Berlin, you will almost always be asked to include a Schufa in your application. This is how you obtain a Schufa-Auskunft for free

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If you are applying for an apartment in Berlin, you will almost always be asked to include a Schufa in your application. The Schufa is the German equivalent of a credit score. A good Schufa score indicates that you can be trusted to pay the rent on time every month.

A Schufa record is automatically created for you when you register at the Bürgeramt for the first time, open a bank account or sign up for a cellphone contract.

Getting a Schufa for free

You can request one free Schufa per year from meinschufa.de. You need to fill the form and send it by mail along with copies of your passport and residency certificate.

Make sure you leave the "Alternative Schufa" section blank, or you will be billed € 29,99 for a detailed credit report. This detailed report is not required by landlords.

Getting a Schufa as fast as possible

You can obtain a Schufa for free from meinschufa.de, but if you need one immediately, it's easier to pay and get one from a bank.

Postbank and Volksbank branches will print out your Schufa even if you are not one of their customers. The service costs € 24.95. Use the branch locator on meinschufa.de to find locations near you.

If you have a printer at home, you can get a Schufa from ImmobilienScout24 and print it yourself. You will be charged € 29.95, but you can download and print your Schufa instantly.

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