the Fear of high discounts is dragging on well through all social classes and is only slightly higher (86 percent) than the average for people from households with a lower net income of up to 1,500 euros. Even the wealthy are concerned: in the highest income bracket – 10,000 euros net household income and more – at 76 percent, almost as many people are concerned as in the population average (80 percent). “We are facing a huge test, which is also reflected financially for each of us,” said Hagen Lessing, head of Ista.
Good the half of tenants want the expected Pay increasing ancillary costs in advance with higher monthly payments (56 percent) to avoid one-time high billing. A good fifth prefer a bundled higher back payment (21 percent), according to the study, in which 2070 people took part in September. However, only a minority of just under a third has already agreed a higher discount with their landlord, and 13 percent want to do so.
According to the survey, some tenants, but by no means all, save money in order to be prepared for additional payments. 11 percent said they save up to 50 euros a month, 9 percent put 51 to 100 euros aside. The 33 percent of tenants who stated that they were saving for higher additional payments saved an average of around 79 euros per month in September alone. Extrapolated to all tenant households in Germany, the Ista results in a total of more than half a billion euros saved.