Together with the lease agreement, we also provide a confirmation of rental (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung ) that only needs to be signed by the lessor. This is an extra little service of ours for you.
Lessors must confirm the move-in of a lessee for registration with the local government. This rule went into effect on November 1, 2015 (Federal Registration Act). Renting a furnished apartment is no exception. The lessor must issue and sign the confirmation of rental in time to meet the registration deadline of two weeks.
Exceptions to the obligation to register
However, registration is not necessary for the time being if you are already registered in Germany and are renting the interim apartment for less than six months. For people who do not have a registered address in Germany, this period is shorter and if effective for a rental contract of three months.
Is there a deadline for registration?
In order for the lessee to meet the two-week deadline for registration with the authorities, the lessor must provide the confirmation of rental in good time. The clock starts from the date of moving in if the lease agreement was concluded for a longer time period, or after the above mentioned periods of three or six months have expired.
Does City-Wohnen provide a confirmation of rental?
It depens on the service package your lessor agreed upon. In most cases, we will prepare a confirmation of rental and send this together with the lease agreement, so the lessor only needs to sign it. However, we would like to point out that some district offices prefer the form provided by the city of Hamburg (available online at hamburg.de). If we do not prepare the confirmation of rental, please visit hamburg.de.
What happens if the confirmation of rental is not issued?
Lessors have an obligation to cooperate. A fine of up to € 1000,- may be imposed. If false statements are made, there is even a fine of up to € 50.000,-.
May the registration office request information?
Yes, they may. Upon request by the authorities, lessors must provide information about who lives or has lived in their apartment, the dates when they moved in and, if applicable, when they moved out.
What is the purpose of this regulation?
The purpose is to align registration law nationwide, simplify or unify administrative procedures, and reduce bureaucratic costs. These lessor confirmations should also make it easier to detect false registrations.
Do I need to de-register, i.e. inform the authorities when I move out of the apartment?
In some cases it is necessary to de-register. It is not required to confirm that you have moved out of an apartment if you move into a new apartment in Germany. However, if you are moving abroad or want to de-register a secondary residence, you must de-register. There is a period of 2 weeks after moving out, or you can deregister at the earliest one week before you move.