Kürzlich sah ich eine extrem günstige, große Wohnung in einem bekannten Immobilienportal. Aufgrund des viel zu günstigen Preises schon etwas ungläubig, schrieb ich trotzdem eine e-mail an den „Vermieter“. Die Antwort ließ nicht lange auf sich warten:
I just read your e-mail regarding my apartment in xxstr.
I bought this apartment for my daughter during her studies in Germany, but now she’s back home permanently, so I’m renting the place for unlimited time.
Before we go any further I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long.
The flat is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated. Also, very important, the utilities (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless broadband Internet, digital TV, 2 parking spots in garage, air conditioning, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.) are INCLUDED in the price of 550 EUR/month. The kaution is also EUR 550,00, and you get it back, when you decide to leave the apartment (you will have to give me at least 20 days notice). As for me, you can rest assured that I will never ask you to leave the apartment. My daughter is building her life here, and i am too old to move to Germany, so we won’t disturb you
You can use my furniture, or you can also use your own if you prefer. If you decide to use yours, you have access to a very large and well ventilated cellar, where you can store my furniture.
Now, a little bit about myself so we can get to know each other a better. My name is Daniel Gilbert, I’m 58 years old and I work as a graphic designer in Liverpool but I am planning to retire in the next 2 years. I have a lovely wife, Brigitte and a 25 year old daughter, Julia. I am very proud to say that soon I’m going to be a grandfather :). Another member of our family is a 4 year old Labrador that we all love, so, I have no problem if you will keep pets.
The only inconvenience is that my job doesn’t allow me to leave Liverpool even for one single day. We just got an important contract and I and directly responsible if anything goes wrong in absence
We also hired some new staff and they are terrible with papers.
But this won’t affect you at all. I can make arrangements to rent the apartment from Liverpool (on my expense of course).
Looking forward to your next email.
All the best from old Britain!
Ist diese e-mail schon mehr als komisch, fiel meine Antwort schon deutlich zögernder aus und ich bat um einen Besichtigungstermin. Die Antwort darauf warnn dann allerdings ein Knaller:
Thank you for your reply. After analyzing all the applications together
with my wife we decided that you would be suitable to rent the apartment.
As I said, the total price which you’ll have to pay for one month of
rent (warm miete) will be €550, no additional costs.
The rent will be paid monthly, directly to my British bank account.
In order to view the flat and settle a deal, you will need the keys, and
the contract .
Since I am unable to come to Germany personally, and my daughter is
already back here, I’ve hired a major real estate agency from Liverpool,
specialized in international rentals, to represent me.
They are called Royal British Estate Ltd, and their website is:
This agency will handle the delivery of the keys, the inspection of the
flat and also the payment .
Here’s how it works :
1 – To start this transaction, I need your full name, address and
telephone number. I will also need to know the rental period so I can
put it in the contract.
2 – I will go to the Royal British office to drop off the keys and
documents of the house, along with the contract
3 – Royal British will check the documents to make sure I am the actual
owner of the flat, then, they will send you an invoice (rechnung).
4 – At this point you’ll have to pay the kaution (550 EURO) as a
security deposit to Royal British, according to the instructions from
This will be a guarantee that they don’t send an agent all the way to
Germany for a joke. The deposit will be just a formality, and it will
not commit you to renting the flat.
The money will remain in the custody of Royal British until you have
checked the flat and confirmed that everything is ok.
5 – After you pay the deposit, and send them the details, Royal British
will send an agent to Germany in the next 24-48 hours (Monday to Friday)
to meet you and help you inspect the flat. .
You can also decide which date and time will fit your schedule best for
7 – If you will be satisfied with the flat, you will sign a copy of the
contract and pay the first month of rent to the agent. (the following
rents will be paid directly to my account)
However, if you are not pleased with the apartment for any reason, the
Royal British agent will give you the money back on the spot, and I will
get my keys and documents back.
I will pay for the services of the agency, so there will be no extra
costs for you.
Also, in case you have another apartment right now, and you cannot move
out immediately, we can make the deal as I explained it now, and
consider it only an inspection and reservation. You will move in when
you are ready and pay the first rent then.
If you want to begin, please give me the details which I requested
above, so I can make the arrangements.
I have attached to this email a copy of my passport as a sign of good faith.
I am waiting for your quick response, because there are several others
interested in the apartment, and I need to know if I can count on a deal
Also mal ehrlich: so blöd kann doch keiner sein, oder? Habe mir also das Objekt mal angesehen, da hin ein Zettel im Fenster, diese Nummer angerufen und der Besitzer erzählte dann von einer Bande aus Liverpool, die solche Geschichten auch mit Autos treiben und offenbar immer wieder Dumme finden. Was es nicht alles gibt…