Information: Rent-controlled Studios and Studio/Apartments
Studios and Studio/Apartments from the Housing Subsidy Programmes of the Federal State of Berlin
housing subsidy programmes of the Federal State of Berlin also
encompass subsidy of commercially usable studios and studio/apartments
for professional fine artists. Prerequisites for application are
professional status and an urgent work-related and social need. Rent is
reduced upon presentation of a certificate of eligibility for public
housing (WBS). The WBS is available at your responsible housing office.
When requested, this certificate may include an entitlement to a
workroom within the apartment (WBS for artists). Within the allocation
procedure, preference will be given to those hit by modernisation
measures and applicants with a WBS. Please enclose your WBS - if
available - with your application. Allocation decisions are the
responsibility of the studio committee. Contracts are concluded with the
landlord directly. As a rule, the studio/apartments are allocated with
residential lease contracts, so offering greater protection against
notice. The rent is controlled and oriented on the local rent index. As a
rule, three net/cold rents must be provided as a caution. It is
possible to apply for housing benefit (Wohngeld)
b for the living space within the overall floor area, insofar
as the apartment is used as your main address. Artists are obliged to
report to the studio office if their space becomes free for subsequent
or interim lease when they move studios and/or spend a longer period
The prices (net/cold without electricity and gas) for studio/apartments are ca. 4.89 € per m², or 4.25 € upon presentation of a WBS.
Studios from the housing subsidy programme will be allocated to professional fine artists according to the urgency of their social and work-related needs.
Please bear in mind that only complete documents can be taken into
account for the assignment. We are happy to give you advise if needed!
1. Application form
2. Informal letter of application (max. one DIN A4-page)
- German or Englisch
- description of situation
- including aspects of social and professional urgency
3. Artist CV
4. Portfolio documenting your professional artistic practice in the field of Fine Art
- max. A4 - bound
- max. 10-15 pages
- including title, format, material and date (not oldeer than four years) of your work
(please do not submit any original work, loose pages, catalogues, samples etc.)
Documents will only be accepted in printed format!
Only for studio-livings:
- Artist's certificate of eligibility for public housing (WBS for artists)*
to be applied for at your district housing office
*as a fine artist, you are entitled to an additional workroom. The housing office demands a certificate before issuing this WBS. You can get the certificate at the BBK Berlin offices.
Please be aware of the running application deadlines!
All documents have to be submitted at the Studiooffice within the application deadline.
The Studio Committee
The studio committee consists of nine members with voting power and nine representatives.
- Ten members are appointed by the bbk berlin e.V.
- Two members are appointed by a fine-art institution
- Six "designated personalities" are appointed by the Senate Administrative Office for Culture - One member, in an advisory capacity, is appointed by the district administrative office
The lease contracts of the studio/apartments are concluded directly with the relevant property management. The lease contracts are purely residential lease contracts; the property management's own contractual conditions are applicable.