Vienna tenant has rent slashed because of crime-riddled neighbourhood

A court has slashed a tenant's rent by a third because he lived near Vienna's Josefstädter Straße U-Bahn station, which the judge said was heavily affected by drug dealing and petty crime.

Vienna tenant has rent slashed because of crime-riddled neighbourhood
Living too close to this station got a tenant a rent decrease in Vienna. Photo: Von Tokfo - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0

A tenant in Vienna has had his rent of €750 per month reduced to €500 by the courts, as his refurbished 80 square meter apartment was located near “a hotspot of drug crime” near the U6 station Josefstädter Straße.

The landlord had wanted to charge a “location surcharge” as a subway, doctors, shops and parks were nearby.

The tenant however argued that the increase should be rejected because he lived just 160 metres from the station, which the tenant argued was a drug and crime hotspot. 

The tenant had his case rejected by the court in the first two instances, before launching an appeal to the Supreme Court. 

The Supreme Court agreed with the tenant and overturned the previous rulings on appeal, finding the street-side apartment was affected by traffic noise and the station was a hotspot for drug and petty crime “with regular police deployments”. 

The court rejected the location surcharge, the Kurier newspaper reports.

“This decision proves once again that it is worth having the rent checked,” says MieterHilfe boss Christian Bartok told Kurier. 

As a result, rent increases in similar areas – i.e. with consistently loud noise or close to areas with prevalent criminality – may also be rejected. 

More information about Vienna’s rental rules – including information on how to check if you are paying too much rent – can be found at the following link. 

READ MORE: How to find out if you are paying too much rent in Vienna

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Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

The City of Vienna is expanding its group of homes that can receive an energy cost voucher by the end of the year. Here's what you need to know.

Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

Austria’s capital Vienna is expanding a program to subsidise part of the energy bills of around 200,000 eligible households, the City said in a press release.

“Energy costs are difficult for many Viennese to cope with in the current situation. We are helping those who need the support most urgently – and we are doing so in a targeted manner by settling outstanding bills with energy providers”, City Councillor for Social Affairs Peter Hacker said.

The City has already agreed with state-run energy company Wien Energie that, from December 2022 to February 2023, no electricity, gas or heat shutdowns will happen – regardless of any payment issues.

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Now, a group of more vulnerable people can apply for Energy Support Plus to get up to €500 in aid with their energy bills.

The following people can apply online at for Energy Support Plus: Recipients of Vienna minimum income (Bezieher*innen von Wiener Mindestsicherung), housing assistance (Wohnbeihilfe), AIVG benefits (AIVGLeistungen), a compensatory or supplementary allowance (einer Ausgleichs- oder Ergänzungszulage), GIS-exempt persons and low-income earners (GIS-Befreite und Geringverdienende) who are covered by the cost cap of the Renewable Expansion Act, those entitled to sickness benefit (Krankengeld), rehabilitation benefit (Rehabilitationsgeld), reintegration benefit (Wiedereingliederungsgeld) or transitional allowance (Übergangsgeld).

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Applications can be submitted until December 31st, 2022. The maximum subsidy amount is €500 per household.

The service telephone of the Department for Social Affairs, Social and Health Law, is available at 01/4000-8040 for information and assistance with applications. Wien Energie’s customer service also offers personal assistance with the application process at Spittelau.