The rental contract or house rules can entail certain obligations, such as path clearance in winter when it snows or periodic responsibility for clean- ing the stairwell. You should check whether pets are allowed. The general rule is that noise should be kept to a minimum between 22:00 and 7:00, so as not to disturb your neighbours. If you have a party or invite guests, it is common courtesy to let your neighbours know in advance that there may be a little more noise on the day in question. And if you are not going to be at your apartment for a while, perhaps ask your neighbours to empty your post box occasionally while you are away, or arrange with the postal serv- ice to hold back any post. You can then collect all the mail when you return. The following Internet links are useful when looking for accommodation:

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www.immoscout24.de
www.immowelt.de
www.immonet.de
www.quoka.de
www.zwischenmiete.de
www.wg-gesucht.de

If you stay in Germany for a longer period, receive a regular salary and have to pay rent, it is advisable to open a giro account at a bank, a savings bank or the Postbank (Post Office Bank). The services they provide are roughly the same, but there are differences in customer service and ac- count management fees. Check out what meets your needs (on line banking, interest, free credit card). To open an account, you need your passport and possibly your registration card.

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