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  • 29 November 2013

Stop for tourist holiday rentals in Berlin

From 1 January 2014, new legislation stipulates that flat owners in Berlin must obtain special permission for tourist holiday rental.

From 1 January 2014, the owners of around 15,000 Berlin holiday rentals will face a three-month deadline by which they must apply for a special permit if they wish to rent out their flats to tourists in the future.

Without a permit, flat owners are no longer allowed to use their flats as holiday rentals. Instead, the flats should be used for residential purposes. This change of practice is the result of new legislation passed by Berlin’s politicians.

The new act also lays down that the establishment of new holiday rentals requires clearance from the authorities.

The act has been introduced to ensure that Berlin has enough housing units to accommodate the city’s permanent residents.

Two-year time limit
Flat owners who are not granted permission for tourist holiday rental are subject to a two-year time limit to find new ways of using their flats, such as subletting their flats to permanent residents.

Letting out the flats on a temporary basis, for example to expatriates or trainees, will be allowed without a permit.

Read more on berlin.de.

See Bech-Bruun’s previous news Prohibition against Berlin holiday rentals.

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