How much does an eviction cost

Forced Eviction: Costs You Will Have to face

Question: The bailiff has requested an advance payment of 6,000 euros for the eviction of a family home.

The eviction took place six weeks ago. Now I have received part of the advance payment back, but have not yet received a statement.

Can I request a statement from the bailiff? Another location will soon be evicted. Do I actually have to pay such high advances?

Eviction: Expenses to Expect

The bailiff's fees for eviction are usually around 100 euros and are therefore relatively low.

The costs for a key service that may be necessary are also still within reasonable limits at around 75 euros. You should receive the bailiff's statement in the next few days. You cannot avoid the rather high advances.

However, eviction is really costly when the bailiff also has to commission a transport and removal company. This can cost several thousand euros. The general rule:

The bailiff will only work for you if he receives an order from you and you have paid the advance payment that he has set.

In principle, the debtor has to bear the costs of the eviction. And that is undoubtedly your tenant.

You have to calculate - and not too tightly!

But that doesn't change the fact that you as the landlord / creditor still bear the full cost risk.

Because you, as the client, are liable to the bailiff for all eviction costs insofar as they cannot be collected from the tenant. The amount of the advance depends on the size of the apartment to be vacated.

Calculate realistically. Be prepared for an advance payment of at least 1,500 euros for a 1-room apartment and up to 5,000 euros for a small single-family house / terraced house.

When determining the advance payment, the bailiffs generally assume that the apartment must be vacated, i.e. that a transport and removal company must be hired. So if you know, for example, that the tenant has at least partially vacated the apartment, you should definitely inform the bailiff about this. Then he will reduce the advance payment.

The same applies if, for example, the apartment is rented to a (married) couple, one of the partners has moved out and has taken “his belongings and furniture” with him. If "only" the furniture of the partner who stayed in the apartment needs to be cleared, this also reduces costs.

Describe the situation, how big the apartment is, to what extent it is still inhabited or has already been vacated.

The bailiff may already know the apartment because he has already carried out foreclosures on the tenant. This is the best way to ensure that the bailiff sets a “tailor-made” advance payment that does not require you financially more than it absolutely has to be.

Talk to the bailiff beforehand

The name, address and telephone / fax number of the bailiff responsible can be obtained from the “distribution point for bailiff orders” of the local court from which you obtained the eviction order. Call him before you order the eviction.

After the eviction has been completed, the bailiff will settle the advance payment to you and pay out your balance to you. Or may ask for more money if the advance payment was not enough.

Quick overview: These are the factors that determine the cost of eviction from houses and apartments

  • Bailiff's fees including ancillary costs
  • Costs for the locksmith if locked house and room doors have to be opened forcibly
  • Costs for a transport company that clears the apartment and takes the household items to a warehouse
  • Cost of storing household items
  • Debris disposal costs

Sample calculation: What the eviction of a 1-2 room apartment with a basement costs:

Example: The eviction affects a fully furnished 1-2 room apartment. The rented basement room is also still "full" with various things. The responsible bailiff is based in the neighboring town.

The use of a locksmith is not necessary because the tenant willingly opens the apartment door. The cost of eviction cannot be collected from the tenant.

Conclusion: In the example, the eviction resulted in costs of EUR 883.36 (EUR 1,500 / EUR 616.64). These expenses are deductible as business expenses from rental and leasing income.

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