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I live in a camp in Berlin. When can I start looking for an apartment?
asked Jan 4, 2017 in Home & Living by WefugeesEvent
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For the first 3-6 months you have to stay in a “Erstaufnahme Einrichtung” and after that time, you no longer need to keep living there. You will then get a permission to look for your own apartment.
Without this permission you can’t apply at the LAF to get your costs covered. Normally the permission is issued automatically and you receive it via post. But it could happen that this does not work. IF it doesn’t work, you can make an appointment with the administration team at LAF to ask when you will receive this permission.

If you have your resident permit and you already receive financial support from the Jobcenter, you can directly apply for the covering of your costs at a jobcenter.  The LAF is then not in charge anymore.
answered Jan 4, 2017 by J.
if the permission to look for an apartment comes before the Bescheid (application) for asylum, can one start looking for an apartment at LAF?
Yes, you can look for a flat without your Bescheid. You just need to get in contact with the “Mietsachgebiet” at LAF, there you can apply for the costs to be covered in that case.
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