Can I use the blocked account to pay my monthly rent and other expenses?

You can not set up a direct debit on your blocked account. Please don't give your blocked account details (IBAN, BIC) to your mobile phone company or other authorities for debiting your bills from the blocked account, as these direct debits will be declined. 
After you have opened a current/ regular account at any other bank in Germany (like Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Sparkasse etc.) you can provide these details of your current account to all the authorities that you have to pay on a monthly basis. 

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