You are responsible for checking and complying with all obligations that apply to you as a host.
- Regulations for short-term rentals
The city of Hamburg requires that you register with the city and place a housing protection number in your advertisement. The basis for this is the Hamburg Housing Protection Act, which has been in force since 1 January 2019 and provides for a transitional period for hosts in Hamburg until 31 March 2019 with regard to notification obligations.
- Housing protection number
According to the Hamburg Housing Protection Act, hosts usually have to apply for a housing protection number in order to be able to offer guests short-term rentals. The housing protection number is free of charge. You can complete the entire process online in less than ten minutes.
You only need one housing protection number for your main residence, regardless of how many rooms you let. However, you must include this number in each ad.
You can apply for a number via the Hamburg Service Portal and find more information on the application process on the City of Hamburg website.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about the Hamburg Housing Protection Number.
Your ad is exempt from the obligation to provide a housing protection number unless you are renting a non-residential property. This may include bed & breakfasts, serviced apartments and hotels. However, this exception only applies if you have also added a proper imprint to your settings.
- Obligation to report occupancy
The law stipulates that any host offering guests a short-term rental must inform the competent authority of the duration of a guest's stay within ten days of the start of the stay, unless it has a special permit. The City of Hamburg is planning an online process for this type of notification, which will be available from 1 April 2019.
- Accommodation tax
The city of Hamburg charges a culture and tourism tax on paid overnight stays within the city limits.