Here you will find an overview of our support measures. Our coronavirus support fund is available to help those hit particularly hard by the coronavirus situation. Whatever happens: please stay safe and well.
Our support at a glance
We are aware that for some tenants, depending on their line of work, the easing of coronavirus restrictions will not mean a rapid return to normal day-to-day life. If you are having difficulty paying rent, please contact our customer service.
You can reach us by telephone from Monday to Thursday from 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and on Friday from 7.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on +49 (0)30 897 860, by sending an email to kundenservice(at)deutsche-wohnen.com or around the clock on our customer portal.
We will work together to find a solution.
In principle, you still have an obligation to pay your rent. This duty has only been deferred. We therefore recommend you pay what you can at present.
The German federal government has adopted the “Protecting Tenants in the COVID-19 Pandemic” Act. This rent moratorium is aimed at easing the immediate financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tenants. It is funded by the German federal and state governments.
Landlords are not permitted to terminate tenancies on the grounds of unpaid rent between 01 April 2020 and 30 June 2020 if the rent was unpaid due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether it’s provided by the German federal and state governments or local authorities: the state is available to help in the coronavirus crisis with subsidies, deferred payments and housing benefit. You can find support and the right point of contact for your situation here.
Housing benefit for loss of earnings
Depending on your municipality, you can apply for special housing benefit. More information is available from your local authority, such as the Citizens’ Offices in Berlin: https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/120656.
Tax support measures/payment deferrals
If you are a taxpayer and can prove that you’ve been badly affected by the coronavirus crisis, you can apply to defer your tax payments. This application is made to the relevant district tax authority. It covers VAT, income tax and corporation tax.
The tax authority collecting the tax to be deferred is responsible for processing the deferral application. More information:
Financial support from the federal and state governments
Financial support is aimed primarily at sole traders and small and medium-sized businesses. In all federal states, they are able to apply for grants from the states’ investment banks or local finance ministries. The relevant bodies are currently extremely busy. Please note that there may be delays in approving your application.
In addition to the emergency support measures introduced by the German federal and state governments, we have set up our own support fund worth EUR 30 million. These funds are intended to support commercial and residential tenants who are having difficulty paying rent and small businesses, contractors, social organisations and projects we have worked with as partners for many years. With this fund, we want to help prevent financial problems turning into social hardship.
Tenants who are having difficulty paying rent can contact our customer service at any time. The federal government’s rent moratorium currently offers you protection if you have fallen into payment difficulties as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
A strong neighbourhood spirit, mutual aid and social cohesion always give a considerable boost to well-being in the local community – in the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
Please continue to keep an eye on the people around you. Please offer support where you can, such as by offering to help with people’s shopping. Please also continue to adhere to the requisite social distancing and hygiene rules on Deutsche Wohnen properties and in public to help prevent the virus from spreading further.
We would like to offer this list of services if you require support yourself. The following organisations offer help to people in crisis situations.
Information on support services
Are you at risk from coronavirus and in need of support? Neighbours can arrange mutual aid via Gemeinschaft.Online. This organisation is part of the krisenkultur.de initiative, an association of several voluntary and non-profit projects. Contact the hotline:
+49 (0)7172 9340 048
Volunteers can also sign up here: https://gemeinschaft.online.
Deutsche Depressionshilfe (the German Foundation for Research and Education on Depression) offers 24-hour support on these free telephone numbers:
Depression advice line:
0800 3344 533
0800 1110 111
0800 1110 222
Advice is also available via chat or email through the website: https://www.deutsche-depressionshilfe.de/krisentelefone.
Silbernetz is especially designed for older people who experience feelings of loneliness in the current situation and beyond. It offers free anonymous advice across Germany every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
0800 4070 8090
More information is available at: https://www.silbernetz.org.
This is another service run by Deutsche Depressionshilfe. It runs the following hotline for children and young people, Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.:
0800 1110 333
Children and young people can also access help online here: https://www.nummergegenkummer.de.
National German child support hotline to report suspected physical or emotional abuse or neglect:
0800 1921 000
More information and local contact numbers (by federal state): www.kinderschutzhotline.de.
Women in need can contact the crisis helpline run by the German Federal Agency for Families and Civil Affairs (BAFzA):
0800 0116 016
Women can also use secure email and chat services: https://www.hilfetelefon.de/beratung-fuer-frauen.html.