Information about available flats or houses is published in daily newspapers (e.g. Kleine Zeitung, weekend-editions are of particular interest), accessible via specialised agents or agencies (ImmobilienmaklerInnen - here you find them in local yellow pages under the section 'Immobilien') and a diverse set of other websites. For instance, city and community administrations also offer information about available property.
Cost of rent depends on several factors, such as distance to transportation networks, infrastructure, residential area, as well as the flat/house itself (furnished-unfurnished, etc.). In addition, general running costs (around 25% of the net-rent) for water, electricity, gas and/or other heating costs etc. are to be considered.
Before concluding an agreement to rent or buy a property, consult available guidance and support infrastructure (e.g. Aggregation of tenants/ Mietervereiningung, Association for the protection of tenants/ Mieterschutzverband, Association for consumer information/ Verein für Konsumenteninformation, Chamber of Labour/ Arbeiterkammer), to verify legitimacy of the contract.
Living - Airing Rooms
In rooms which are regularly used water vapour is always present (produced by breathing, the drying of washing, showering, houseplants etc.)
It is therefore always important to air rooms properly. Incorrect ventilation gives rise to damp problems and, worst of all, mould.
Air at higher temperatures can absorb more humidity than cold air. The moisture content of the air is very low in the winter. As cold air is warmed up, it can absorb a lot of moisture. The air's saturation level can be measured with a hygrometer. Air humidity of over 50% at a cold time of year means that you need to ventilate to get rid of humidity. Higher humidity causes damage to wooden fixtures and furniture and can give rise to mould as a result.
Correct airing and heating
Air all rooms thoroughly several times a day. Also leave all windows and doors WIDE OPEN thereby creating a draught. Do this for 5 to a maximum of 10 minutes. And when it is cold and rainy as well. Ventilating with windows on tilt wastes energy and is inefficient.
The lower the room temperature, the more often you should air the room. The colder the outside temperature, the shorter the time you may ventilate for.
The rooms should be aired as often as possible while you are on holiday too (simply ask a neighbour or colleague).
Cellars should only be aired at night in the summer (warm outside air in the cellar area pushes water vapour on to cold walls or electrical cables).