About to sign a German rental contract?

Want a rapid and accurate summary in English first?

You have a day at most to secure the apartment in Germany before it's gone.

It's hard knowing which bits of the German lease you really need to know about.

Get a two-page summary,
ready within hours,
for €‎ 169.

Sign on the dotted line
with confidence
and move in!

You can trust our legal translators to work quickly and accurately.

We’ll have your lease summary ready within 6 working hours.

“Absolutely stunning in their level of efficiency, friendliness and customer service. I'm speechless ...”
Alex Maxwell

Rental contracts in Germany can be a 2-page template with handwriting and checkboxes or a 30-page manifesto. A formal written translation can take days to complete. 

You’re under time pressure and you can’t wait that long. 

Our experienced legal translators read your contract from head to toe and extract the essentials. This saves you money and considerable time. We know you’re in a rush, which is why we will do it within 6 working hours of receiving payment.

Have you been offered a rental lease in Germany?

Here’s the information we’ll extract and summarise quickly:
Tenancy details
  • Landlord and agent details
  • Fixed term or unlimited
  • Furniture and storage space
  • Purpose (Zweck): residential or commercial?
  • Start and end dates
  • Renewal and termination terms
Tenant obligations
  • Repairs
  • Defects
  • Liabilities
  • Renovation 
  • Vacating the premises
Rental payment and fees
  • Cold rent (Kaltmiete)
  • Operating & heating costs (Betriebskosten, Heizkosten)
  • Remittance details
  • Extra fees e.g. carpark
  • Key payment conditions
  • Payment frequency
Other essentials
  • Deposit (Kaution)
  • Handover (Übergabe)
  • Keeping pets
  • Keys
  • Quality work


    Red Tape Translation has been around in Berlin since 2012. We’re known for being friendly, competent and reliable. We are a women-led business and our small, close-knit team loves helping you navigate red tape.


    We've been interpreting and translating legal content for 10 years.


    We've been in your shoes.
    We know it's stressful and extremely time-sensitive.


    Our translators are professionally trained and enjoy their work.


    We are quick to respond and excellent at solving problems.


    We'll let you know when we can deliver reasonably and we'll deliver on-time.


    You'll feel informed, confident and relieved.

    “They are professional, friendly, competent and efficient. That's all you need to know.”
    Miguel M.A.


    Yes. If you send us a German rental lease and your payment at 9am on a working day, we will send you the summary by 3pm. That gives you time to read it, sign it and send it back before close of business. As long as the hours are working hours (e.g. 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri) we’ll get it done. If you send us a contract and payment at midnight during the week, we’ll start at 9am on the next working day and have it done by 3pm. If you send us a contract at 4pm on a Friday, we’ll have it summarised by 2pm on Monday afternoon.

    We understand that sometimes, rental agencies and landlords put pressure on tenants to sign the contract on the same day. If you need it within an hour, it probably won’t be possible, but if you need it within say, 3 hours, please call 030 2089 6634 and ask us if it’s possible. You never know.

    Yes. But please make sure your lease is scanned well so that there are no corners chopped off and we can zoom in to read handwritten entries or small print. If you have to squint to see information on the scan, we will probably need a better one.

    You’re welcome to encrypt the lease and send us the password separately (e.g. by WhatsApp, email or telephone).

    The fee is the same, 169 EUR including VAT, regardless of the length of your tenancy agreement.

    However, we do offer lower prices on some of our services for students, ALGI and ALGII recipients, so if you are enrolled as a student in Germany or you receive unemployment benefits or welfare, get in touch and we will apply a 15% discount.

    The fee is the same, 169 EUR including VAT, regardless of the length of your tenancy agreement.

    No. Only a lawyer can make that assessment. 

    If a clause catches our attention because we haven’t come across anything like it before in our many years of translating German rental leases, we’d be happy to bring it to your attention. Same applies if we spot a typo or error. We’ll point it out!

    Yes. We specialise in legal translation and have received further education on tenancy agreements. Our extensive experience allows us to work carefully and quickly.

    “Meticulous, thoughtful, personal and reasonably-priced ...”
    ZY D.

    Our legal translators

    Satisfied clients

    Book and pay for your lease summary

    When you click send, you will submit your rental contract to us and be prompted to enter invoice details. We will then email you an invoice instantly, which you can pay straight away using credit card, Paypal or bank transfer.