Schufa Report from Tenants: An Important Step in the Rental Process

Welcome to the Hochheiden Property Management blog, your expert in real estate management. When renting out residential space, it is crucial for landlords to get a comprehensive understanding of potential tenants. A central element in this process is the Schufa report. In this post, we explain what a Schufa report is, why it's important for landlords, and what tenants should know when asked for such a report.

What is a Schufa credit report?

The Schufa credit report is a report issued by the Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung (Schufa), providing information about a person's creditworthiness. It includes details about existing loans, ongoing contracts, and past payment behavior. For landlords, it is an important tool to minimize the risk of payment defaults.

Why is the Schufa credit report important for landlords?

  • Risk mitigation: The Schufa credit report helps landlords to reduce the risk of rental default or payment defaults.

  • Building trust: A positive Schufa credit report can serve as evidence of the tenant's reliability and financial stability, thereby strengthening trust between tenant and landlord.

  • Objective decision-making basis: It provides an objective basis for deciding whether a rental agreement should be entered into.

What should tenants know about the Schufa credit report?

  • Data protection: Tenants must explicitly consent to the retrieval of a Schufa report. The landlord's request to Schufa is then based on this consent.

  • Self-disclosure: Tenants have the right to obtain a self-disclosure from Schufa free of charge once a year. It may be useful to request this self-disclosure before the apartment search and actively offer it to potential landlords.

  • Correction right: If the Schufa report contains incorrect or outdated entries, tenants have the right to demand a correction of this information

Tips for landlords

  • Transparent Communication: Inform potential tenants early on about the necessity of a Schufa report and explain the background.

  • Data Protection: Handle tenants' personal data carefully and use the Schufa report solely for the purpose of making rental decisions.

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Consider other factors alongside the Schufa report, such as income, employment status, and personal references, to obtain a comprehensive picture of the potential tenant.


The Schufa report is an important tool in the rental process that provides landlords with security and can contribute to building trust between the parties involved. Both landlords and tenants should be familiar with handling the Schufa report and the rights and obligations associated with it. Hochheiden Property Management is here to support you with any questions regarding renting and dealing with Schufa reports.

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