Changes in the registration law annoy tenants
Since the end of last year, an amendment to the Reporting Act has entered into force almost completely unnoticed: Since 1 November 2015, every citizen wishing to register his or her new place of residence has required a so-called “accommodation provider certificate” in accordance with § 19 BMG.
What sounds like a new song title by Reinhard Mey, however, is in reality a new attempt to prevent crimes.
With the confirmation of the landlord, the landlord must confirm to the tenant that he has actually handed over the apartment to the tenant. This is intended to make it more difficult for criminals to conceal their place of residence. Whether this will actually prevent crimes remains to be seen…
For the righteous population this regulation is rather a nuisance. The change of residence must now be presented to the authorities within two weeks of moving in, together with the confirmation of the landlord.
If the deadline is missed, a fine of up to € 1,000.00 may even be imposed. In view of the absurdly long waiting times that arise in larger cities for the allocation of appointments in the offices, this deadline will in many cases not be able to be met at all.
It remains to be seen whether fines will also be imposed in these cases. In any case, this fine should be challenged if the applicant contacted the authority in good time but was given a much later date to make an appointment.
With the help of a tenancy law lawyer in Lüneburg, open questions in rental or contract matters can often be clarified in the shortest possible time.