|Cancel your tenancy agreement ||Usually, you have to cancel your tenancy agreement three months prior to your departure. You should therefore give due notice in a written form and check whether you have to do any renovations, like painting the walls. |
|Make an appointment to handover your flat || |
You should arrange an appointment to hand over the keys („Schlüsselübergabe“) to your landlord. We recommend to take a „walk-through report“ („Übergabeprotokoll“) with you to confirm that the flat is in good condition and to record the meter readings (electricity, water, gas). Templates (in German) can be found here:
Please also keep in mind to arrange for the rent deposit to be reimbursed.
|Cancel further contracts ||If you have signed any other contracts during your stay in Paderborn, e.g. for electricity and gas, additonal insurances, telephone, gym, newspapers, etc., you should also make sure to cancel them in due time. |
|Pension Service || |
If you were an employee of Paderborn University and paid social security contributions, you can contact the local branch of the „Deutsche Rentenversicherung“ (Pension Service) and the „Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL“) to discuss your pension entitlement.
|Inform child care institutions ||If your child/children attended a kindergarten or school, you should inform them in good time that you are leaving. |
|Redirection of your mail || |
You can request the redirection of your mail from Deutsche Post so that your mail is automatically sent to your new address.
|On campus ||You can return your DeliCard to the DeliCard Service in the ME building. Please also remember to return any university keys and books you have borrowed. |
|Cancel your bank account ||If you have a bank account in Germany you would like to cancel, you should make sure that all existing standing orders are transferred to your new account and that you receive all outstanding payments (e.g. salary, scholarship) |
|De-register your residence || |
If you stayed in Paderborn for a longer period and are registered at the Residents‘ Registration Office, you can de-register one week before and up to two weeks after your departure. If you are moving within Germany, you just have to register at the Residents‘ Registration Office of your new place of residence.
|Inform the licence fee collecting agency ||If you paid licence fees ("Rundfunkbeitrag"), you can cancel it online. Usually, you will need a deregistration certificate or a new registration certificate to prove that you are no longer a resident in Germany. |
|File tax declaration ||If you paid taxes in Germany, you can file your tax declaration online using „ELSTER“ or you contact the tax office directly. |
|Contact Paderborn University's HR department ||If are/were an employee of Paderborn University, please contact the HR department before you leave. |