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The Temporary Rental Blog from Berlin

Legal matters

Ist renting out a furnished apartment still legal? Do owner also need a permission? Is is necessary to register for City tax? What are the effects of the rent cap, when does the law prohibiting the repurposing of residential housing apply?


Berlin laws regarding letting of furnished flats

Friday, 14. April 2023 | Legal matters

We at Crocodilian have been successfully marketing and renting out furnished flats for over sixteen years. Mainly to tenants from abroad who come to Berlin to work. We are experts in this field. Don’t worry. We will not bore you with paragraphs and long legal texts. We will tell you what matters in practice. All information on the law on misappropriation of property, rent caps, the rental contract for temporary accommodation, rental periods, the registration law and the confirmation from the landlord, VAT etc. as well as further links to the individual topics.
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The rent cap in Berlin for furnished apartments FAQ

Friday, 14. April 2023 | Legal matters

Does the rent cap in Berlin also apply to temporary furnished apartments? Will the rent freeze actually happen? And if so, how will it affect me? Many landlords fear a rocky and uncertain future as a result of the rent cap - and it is still unclear whether the law will be passed at all. The proposed law would have serious consequences not just for landlords, but also tenants, as renters who come from abroad will struggle to find an empty, long-term apartment. We have answers to the big questions about rent cap in Berlin – with more to follow as the situation unfolds.

Is temporary letting still allowed in Berlin?

Friday, 14. April 2023 | Legal matters

The legal ban on the misappropriation of living space in Berlin now prohibits the rental of apartments on a daily or weekly basis, as well as leasing holiday apartments to tourists without permission. But what about renting out furnished apartments for a temporary period in Berlin? Do these also fall under the category of misappropriation? What are the criteria, when is letting allowed - and is it not? We cover everything you need to know - from conditions to exceptions - regarding the renting law in Berlin.
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Bestellerprinzip - New German Legislation regarding Commission Fee

Friday, 14. April 2023 | Legal matters

The so-called ‚Bestellerprizip‘ (a new piece of German legislation regarding commission fees) came into force on the 1st of June, 2015. Lawmakers have now determined that owners can now call upon an estate agent or subletting agency. Originally, the law wanted to liberate long-term tenants from agency fees, since it became harder and harder for Berlin residents to find an apartment with an unlimited contract. The Bestellerprinzip makes less sense with furnished rentals. Anyway, what are the effects of this law?