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Guide for Renters: Managing Your Long Term Rental (LTR) When PCSing Out of Germany.

A Guide for PCS Families in the Kaiserslautern Military Community


For renters PCSing out of Germany, handling your long-term rental (LTR) agreement correctly is vital. Here’s what you need to do:


Steps to Manage Your LTR During PCS

  • Notification to Landlord: Inform your landlord about your move-out plans as soon as you receive PCS orders, adhering to the notice period stated in your rental contract.

  • Rental Agreement Review: Revisit your rental agreement for specific terms related to ending the lease, such as the required notice period and any end-of-lease obligations.

  • Property Inspection: Schedule a pre-move-out inspection with your landlord to identify any potential issues or repairs needed.

  • Repair and Clean: Address any damages or wear and tear. Ensure thorough cleaning of the property to meet the standards stated in your lease agreement.

  • Utility Cancellations: Arrange for the discontinuation of utilities in coordination with your move-out date to prevent additional charges.

  • Document Everything: Keep a record of all communications with your landlord and take photographs of the property’s condition on moving out.

  • Security Deposit Recovery: Discuss the return of your security deposit. Provide your bank details if the deposit needs to be transferred.

  • Key Handover: Arrange a date and time for handing over the keys to the landlord.

  • Mail Forwarding: Set up mail forwarding to your new address.



Effectively managing your LTR agreement when PCSing out of Germany requires attention to detail and adherence to contractual obligations. By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition and maintain good relations with your landlord.