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Ancillary costs insanity (Nebenkosten) in Germany! Are you paying TOO MUCH as well?

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The differences in additional costs in Germany are up to 1,100 euros. The ancillary costs insanity (Nebenkosten) is about the get even more insane!

Do you really know why the ancillary costs insanity is now hitting Germany? Find out below.

Ancillary Costs Insanity: Garbage, sewage and property tax in Germany

What you pay for garbage, sewage and property tax in Germany depends on where you live – and those who are unlucky pay significantly more than their neighbors a few kilometers away!

▶ ︎ The most glaring example: Anyone who lives in Leverkusen, for example, has to pay a lot: In the Rhineland city, fees for waste and wastewater disposal as well as property taxes are charged around 2046 euros per year.

Nowhere in Germany are these ancillary housing costs as high as there.

This was the result of a study by the research company IW Consult on behalf of the owners’ association Haus und Grund.

▶ ︎ Cheapest example: Regensburg in Bavaria, on the other hand, leads the list of the cheapest places:

Ancillary costs for the most expensive and the cheapest city in Germany

According to the study, people there paid an average of 915 euros per year, which is more than half less.

The difference between the most expensive and the cheapest city is therefore more than 1100 euros. “With an average charge of 1300 euros, this discrepancy is enormous,” said association president Kai Warnecke.

▶ ︎ Noticeable: eight of the ten most expensive municipalities are located in North Rhine-Westphalia. Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse share the ten cheapest locations.

The 100 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

Top 10 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

CityRank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Regensburg1€ 358 (-7)€ 222 (-21)€ 335 (-2)€ 915
Worms2€ 240 (-1)€ 298 (-60)€ 398 (-20)€ 936
Mainz3€ 398 (-20)€ 154  (-4)€ 407 (-24)€ 958
Trier4€ 373 (-12)€ 194 (-15)€ 407 (-24)€ 973
Frankfurt am Main5€ 350 (-6)€ 228 (-23)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,002
Heidelberg6€ 359 (-8)€ 245 (-31)€ 398 (-20)€ 1,003
Nuremberg7€ 393 (-18)€ 142 (-2)€ 470 (-57)€ 1,005
Augsburg8€ 369 (-10)€ 167 (-7)€ 470 (-57)€ 1,006
Heilbronn9€ 385 (-17)€ 245 (-30)€ 381 (-16)€ 1,012
Ludwigsburg10€ 288 (-2)€ 357 (-82)€ 377 (-14)€ 1,023

Top 11 – 20 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Ulm11€ 379 (-14)€ 280 (-47)€ 364 (-11)€ 1,024.00
Koblenz12€ 416 (-28)€ 260 (-40)€ 356 (-6)€ 1,033.00
Esslingen am Neckar13€ 491 (-38)€ 184 (-10)€ 360 (-8)€ 1,035.00
Ludwigshafen am Rhein14€ 398 (-22)€ 282 (-48)€ 356 (-6)€ 1,036.00
Villingen-Schwenningen15€ 375 (-13)€ 302 (-63)€ 360 (-8)€ 1,036.00
Ratingen16€ 508 (-44)€ 193 (-14)€ 339 (-3)€ 1,040.00
Düsseldorf17€ 385 (-16)€ 289 (-54)€ 373 (-12)€ 1,047.00
Konstanz18€ 412 (-25)€ 289 (-55)€ 347 (-5)€ 1,049.00
Erlangen19€ 393 (-19)€ 304 (-64)€ 360 (-8)€ 1,057.00
Würzburg20€ 435 (-32)€ 221 (-20)€ 402 (-23)€ 1,058.00

Top 21 – 30 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Oldenburg21€ 417 (-29)€ 268 (-43)€ 377 (-14)€ 1,062
Ingolstadt22€ 398 (-21)€ 296 (-57)€ 390 (-17)€ 1,084
Stuttgart23€ 408 (-24)€ 238 (-26)€ 441 (-45)€ 1,086
Kiel24€ 416 (-27)€ 253 (-37)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,092
Mannheim25€ 382 (-15)€ 299 (-62)€ 413 (-27)€ 1,093
Munich26€ 404 (-23)€ 243 (-29)€ 453 (-49)€ 1,100
Paderborn27€ 464 (-34)€ 267 (-42)€ 375 (-13)€ 1,107
Hanau28€ 335 (-4)€ 288 (-52)€ 504 (-65)€ 1,127
Kaiserslautern29€ 370 (-11)€ 386 (-91)€ 390 (-17)€ 1,146
Karlsruhe30307 € (-3)€ 443 (-97)€ 398 (-20)€ 1,148

Top 31 – 40 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Fuerth31€ 430 (-31)€ 249 (-33)€ 470 (-57)€ 1,149
Schwerin32€ 500 (-41)€ 167 (-6)€ 504 (-65)€ 1,171
Erfurt33€ 417 (-30)€ 298 (-59)€ 466 (-55)€ 1,181
Tubingen34€ 364 (-9)€ 344 (-80)€ 474 (-60)€ 1,182
Freiburg in Breisgau35€ 347 (-5)€ 330 (-73)€ 508 (-67)€ 1,185
Hildesheim36€ 501 (-42)€ 234 (-24)€ 458 (-51)€ 1,193
Wiesbaden37€ 555 (-56)€ 226 (-22)€ 417 (-29)€ 1,198
Wolfsburg38€ 548 (-55)€ 235 (-25)€ 419 (-30)€ 1,202
Flensburg39€ 498 (-40)€ 123 (-1)€ 585 (-86)€ 1,206
Reutlingen40€ 488 (-37)€ 397 (-92)€ 339 (-3)€ 1,224

Top 41 – 50 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Magdeburg41€ 665 (-82)€ 147 (-3)€ 419 (-30)€ 1,232
Cologne42€ 413 (-26)€ 383 (-90)€ 436 (-44)€ 1,232
Gutersloh43€ 581 (-63)€ 333 (-75)€ 323 (-1)€ 1,237
Braunschweig44€ 565 (-57)€ 249 (-32)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,237
Goettingen45€ 542 (-52)€ 198 (-17)€ 500 (-63)€ 1,240
Darmstadt46€ 513 (-47)€ 278 (-45)€ 453 (-49)€ 1,244
Muenster47€ 508 (-43)€ 317 (-67)€ 432 (-41)€ 1,256
Hamm48€ 463 (-33)€ 290 (-56)€ 508 (-67)€ 1,261
Siegen49€ 487 (-36)€ 336 (-77)€ 445 (-46)€ 1,268
Gera50€ 523 (-50)€ 238 (-27)€ 508 (-67)€ 1,270

Top 51 – 60 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

CityRankSewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Chemnitz51€ 654 (-81)159 € (-5)€ 491 (-62)€ 1,305
Jena52€ 520 (-49)€ 369 (-87)€ 419 (-30)€ 1,308
Salzgitter5€ 509 (-45)€ 365 (-84)€ 458 (-51)€ 1,331
Iserlohn54€ 537 (-51)€ 378 (-89)€ 420 (-34)€ 1,336
Osnabrück55€ 626 (-72)€ 334 (-76)€ 390 (-17)€ 1,350
Dresden56€ 492 (-39)€ 321 (-68)€ 538 (-76)€ 1,350
Hamburg57€ 597 (-66)€ 298 (-61)€ 458 (-51)€ 1,352
Gelsenkirchen58€ 604 (-67)€ 191 (-12)€ 572 (-83)€ 1,367
Gießen59€ 577 (-61)€ 283 (-49)€ 508 (-67)€ 1,368
Bottrop60€ 605 (-68)€ 191 (-13)€ 576 (-84)€ 1,372

Top 61 – 70 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Leipzig61€ 486 (-35)€ 339 (-78)€ 551 (-79)€ 1,376
Kassel62€ 619 (-70)€ 341 (-79)€ 415 (-28)€ 1,376
Halle (Saale)63€ 776 (-94)€ 185 (-11)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,385
Rostock64€ 702 (-86)€ 276 (-44)€ 407 (-24)€ 1,385
Zwickau65€ 689 (-85)€ 265 (-41)€ 432 (-41)€ 1,387
Bonn66€ 643 (-77)€ 170 #(-8)€ 576 (-84)€ 1,389
Hanover67€ 571 (-59)€ 325 (-71)€ 508 (-67)€ 1,405
Bochum68€ 572 (-60)€ 288 (-53)€ 546 (-77)€ 1,406
Pforzheim69€ 547 (-54)€ 400 (-93)€ 466 (-55)€ 1,413
Düren70€ 517 (-48)€ 400 (-94)500 € (-63)€ 1,417

Top 71 – 80 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Lübeck71€ 806 (-96)€ 198 (-16)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,427
Bielefeld72€ 653 (-79)€ 218 (-19)€ 559 ​​(-80)€ 1,430
Neuss73€ 672 (-83)€ 366 (-85)€ 419 (-30)€ 1,457
Bremen74€ 546 (-53)€ 325 (-72)€ 589 (-88)€ 1,460
Dortmund75€ 570 (-58)€ 373 (-88)€ 517 (-72)€ 1,460
Krefeld76€ 745 (-90)€ 278 (-46)€ 452 (-48)€ 1,475
Herne77€ 587 (-64)€ 259 (-39)€ 631 (-91)€ 1,477
Saarbrücken78€ 789 (-95)€ 257 (-38)€ 432 (-41)€ 1,478
Remscheid79€ 622 (-71)€ 333 (-74)€ 525 (-73)€ 1,480
Marl, Westf80€ 512 (-46)€ 308 (-65)€ 669 (-95)€ 1,489

Top 81 – 90 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Recklinghausen81€ 654 (-80)€ 251 (-35)€ 589 (-88)€ 1,494
Aachen82€ 641 (-76)€ 411 (-95)€ 445 (-46)€ 1,497
Essen83€ 760 (-92)€ 183 (-9)€ 568 (-81)€ 1,511
Oberhausen84€ 651 (-78)€ 321 (-69)€ 568 (-81)€ 1,539
Cottbus85€ 824 (-97)€ 297 (-58)€ 424 (-35)€ 1,545
Solingen86€ 721 (-88)€ 250 (-34)€ 585 (-86)€ 1,556
Offenbach am Main87€ 577 (-62)€ 243 (-28)€ 758 (-99)€ 1,578
Hagen88€ 590 (-65)€ 367 (-86)€ 635 (-92)€ 1,592
Bremerhaven89€ 734 (-89)€ 344 (-81)€ 546 (-77)€ 1,624
Duisburg90€ 613 (-69)€ 288 (-51)€ 724 (-97)€ 1,625

Top 91 – 100 largest German cities in the ancillary cost ranking

City Rank Sewage (2020) Waste (2019) Property tax (2021) Total
Berlin91€ 630 (-73)€ 322 (-70)€ 686 (-96)€ 1,638
Wuppertal92€ 855 (-98)€ 286 (-50)€ 525 (-73)€ 1,666
Bergisch Gladbach93€ 761 (-93)€ 443 (-98)€ 483 (-61)€ 1,687
Mülheim an der Ruhr94€ 686 (-84)€ 252 (-36)€ 754 (-98)€ 1,692
Luenen95€ 638 (-74)€ 413 (-96)€ 644 (-94)€ 1,695
Witten96€ 719 (-87)€ 217 (-18)€ 771 (-100)€ 1,706
Potsdam97€ 940 (-100)€ 316 (-66)€ 462 (-54)€ 1,718
Mönchengladbach98€ 939 (-99)€ 364 (-83)€ 525 (-73)€ 1,828
Moers99€ 759 (-91)€ 552 (-99)€ 627 (-90)€ 1,938
Leverkusen100€ 639 (-75)€ 771 (-100)€ 635 (-92)€ 2,046

How do the big differences come about?

Structural or geographical reasons for the large differences could not be determined, emphasized study director Hanno Kempermann. The size of the city or the population density are also no yardstick for the amount of additional costs.

The Ruhr area is an exception. Because of an emergency budget, municipalities often have no choice but to increase fees, emphasized Kempermann.

The basis for the calculation was a symbolic stand-alone model house with 120 square meters of living space and four residents – a common benchmark, which in large cities does not always correspond to the average household type.


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