Second home / secondary residence: registration and deregistration Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Second homes / secondary residences are subject to the registration obligation, as well as the main residence.

If a resident has several apartments in Germany, one of these apartments is the main residence. Side apartment is any additional apartment.

For this purpose, it is regulated by law that the main residence is the predominantly used apartment. In cases of doubt, the predominantly used apartment is where the focus of the resident's life relationships lies.

There is also a registration obligation for your second home / secondary residence.

Since 1 November 2015, the landlord must again participate in the registration with the registration authority. Therefore, each person subject to the obligation to report must be given a landlord's confirmation so that they can comply with their legal reporting obligation within two weeks of moving in. When registering the new place of residence, this landlord's confirmation must be presented to the registration authority (the rental contract is not sufficient). Should the person subject to the reporting obligation move into their own property, a self-declaration must be submitted when registering. The move out is to be confirmed by the landlord only when moving abroad or leaving one of several apartments (e.B an adjoining apartment).

Since 1 November 2015, a confirmation of residence must be submitted.

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  • Landlord's confirmation


Some municipalities levy a second home tax. Detailed information on this can be obtained from the competent authority.

§ 21 Federal Registration Act (BMG).

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  • § 21 BMG

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