Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for November
M T W T F S S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Vienna wants clarity over unfair flat rental contracts

Vienna is demanding changes in the rules governing rental contracts for property which have become incredibly complicated with the various changes in recent years.

They say it is now no longer possible to have the overview, according to the man responsible for housing  in Vienna, Wohnbaustadtrat Michael Ludwig (SPÖ).

He said there needs to be more transparency in the way properties are rented.

At the moment there are 2 completely different forms of rental contract. One is the old category rental contract (Kategoriemieten) and the other is the new location worth contract (Richtwertmieten).

Anybody who rents a flat is now automatically in the Richtwertmietzins category but those who rented under the old contracts still have those rules applying.

The problem is that even the new contract is difficult to control – for example the law controls how much is charged per square metre but there are various extra charges that can be added such as the distance from public transport and how noisy the immediate neighbourhood is.

That means for example that although a flat owner might demand extra for the fact that the location is peaceful – that might also mean it miles away from public transport.

But on the other hand allowing more because of the close proximity of public transport was a category that applied to almost every flat in the first district where public transport was everywhere.

The city wants the national government to change the law accordingly to make it fairer and in particular the way the rental amount possible to be charged is evaluated.

They said for example that people renting flats almost always took advantage of the opportunities to charge for extras such as the nearness of public transport, but failed to deduct for the disadvantages of their property such as not having a bath.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Related articles: Vienna focus

  1. An Austrian Island Escape at the Insel Hotel

    » Travel 2013-04-01

    Looking out of the window you may think of anything other than summer, but it is rapidly approaching and that means one thing - Summer holidays!

  2. A night of glitz and glamour at Vienna Filmball 2013

    » Panorama 2013-03-18

    Glamour and glitz were out in force at the weekend as stars from Austria and further afield flocked over the red carpet into the Vienna City Hall for a night of awards, dance and partying!

  3. Bonbon Ball crowns Miss Bonbon 2013!

    » Panorama 2013-02-11

    By far the sweetest event in the Vienna Ball season - the Bonbon Ball took place this weekend.

more related articles tagged "Vienna focus"

Tag cloud:
neighbourhood  rental  charged  everywhere  rented  category  miles  deduct  ndash  extra  advantage  Vienna  Richtwertmieten  fairer  failed  national  property  owner  proximity  contracts

Latest News

 

Panda Dies Of Horrific Injuries After Savage Attack
A three-year-old wild Giant Panda left badly wounded in the Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve in China after an attack by yellow-throated martens has died of its wounds.

Food Jewellery Craze In Japan
The designers call it modern art, and claim it is designed for the woman who wants a guarantee she will stand out at the next dinner party.

Darth Vader Taken Out By Street Sign
Darth Vader and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers felt the force of a blow from a road sign after not paying attention while hitting the campaign trail.

How An Austrian Park Every Year Becomes A Lake
Spectacular images that show how a park becomes a lake each spring complete with underwater trees have been captured by two divers.

Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.

Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.

Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.

Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.

Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.

Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sisterís fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers