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Short-Term Rental News from Hamburg, Germany

July 18, 2013

On May 21, 2013, the Senate in Hamburg amended an old law to allow individuals to occasionally rent out their main (primary) residence[1].

The full text of this law can be found at:;jsessionid=B39B53A536192FD76BFC3B634C33F991.jp35?showdoccase=1&

Hambourg GermanyUnder this law, it is legal to rent out your accommodation for a short period of time as long as it is and remains your main residence. If however, the accommodation does not qualify as your main residence, you are required to obtain a license to rent out your property on a short-term basis[2].  If you fail to obtain this license, you may face steep fines of up to 50,000 Euros[3].

What do you think about this amendment?




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  1. chris burke permalink

    The Senate in Hamburg made the best possible solution to a very vibrant and healthy business that will now thrive, create jobs, attract more tourists to the city and produce needed tax revenue.
    The registering of apartments that are principally used only for vacationers is absolutely the correct and only way forward. It behooves any person with this ‘golden goose’ to act responsibly and it would be foolish to do otherwise. Laws can always go backwards again like in Chicago.

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