With your new refugee status, you are entitled to governmental funded accommodation for up to 4 months.
The housing can be either in organized facilities or in private rented rooms. In the case of private housing, benefit will be a maximum of 150 € a month, if you live with your family, it will be 300 € a month.
After that period, you will need to find a place for your own. Keep in mind that you can apply for the needs based minimum benefit.
A rental contract is an oral or written agreement between the landlord (owner, principal tenant) and the tenant (respectively sub-tenant). Recommendation: conclude your rental contract in writing – you might need it if any disputes come up.
Heating is included in the rent of some apartments. In many apartments you have to pay separately for natural gas, electricity and heating.
Before you conclude a rental contract it is advisable to seek out an appropriate counselling agency (tenant association, tenant protection association), in order to verify the legal validity of the agreement.
Popular ways of looking for a place to rent are through advertisements online and in newspapers, but also through private networks.
When you move to a new place, you have to report your new address at the registration office of your new administrative region within 3 days.