The most important facts about the changed Berlin misappropriation law

On Thursday, May 3, our information event on the Berlin misappropriation law took place at the Co-Working Space “The Place” in Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin Home Sharing Club. The aim was to inform the community of hosts in Berlin about the new law, which came into effect on May 1, 2018. In summary, we would like to briefly outline the key points here:

  • If you rent out your entire apartment, you need a permit.
  • You can get the permit at your district office.
  • You can apply for a permit for your second home for a total of 90 days per year.
  • In addition to the approval, the host will receive a registration number, which must be provided from 1 August 2018 when advertising the listing.
  • Less than 50% of the apartment you live in can be rented at any time without permission from the city.

With the new rules, home sharing in Berlin is finally explicitly recognized. Since the city of Berlin has not yet been able to establish a uniform process for all Bezirksämter in Berlin, there may be delays in the allocation of registration numbers. If you need a permit to rent out your accommodation, you can apply to your Bezirksamt.

Voices from the host community:

“The new law is a milestone for the recognition of home sharing in Berlin. The implementation of regulations for the district offices are currently being formulated by the Senate. Experience shows that if we as a community contribute our concerns together, the chances for fair, understandable and uniform rules are significantly improved. ”

Ludger, 29, home sharer, Berlin Friedrichshain.


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