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Questions about rental/agency fees (Hamburg)

Hi All -
I am moving to Hamburg in June and am currently being advised about housing by a relocation company. The company is telling me a few things that I am unsure about:

First Protected content % of all apartments in Hamburg are rented through an agency and agency fees = 2 months rent.

Second - it is easier to find a furnished apartment in Hamburg than an unfurnished apartment.

I am hoping a few of you may have some insight on these issues. I haven't lived in Germany for 10 years...so I am definitely out of touch with the real estate market, but both of these things surprised me.

I'd be very grateful for your input.

Thanks and look forward to joining some Internations events in Hamburg.

Mary

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