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As a person with the right to dispose of the property, you must report any vacancy of living space lasting longer than four months to the responsible district office. You can also announce the vacancy of the apartment as an uninvolved third person; also...

As a person with the right to dispose of the property, you must report any vacancy of living space lasting longer than four months to the responsible district office. You can also announce the vacancy of the apartment as an uninvolved third person; also anonymous.

Important notes

Prerequisites

  • Living space is every single room that is suitable and intended for residential purposes.
  • You must report any vacancy of living space that lasts longer than four months.
  • If you are entitled to dispose of the apartment, you must state the reasons for the vacancy and, if necessary, provide proof. You must also provide information about the location of the apartment, its size and furnishings as well as the proposed rent.
  • If you as a citizen want to report the vacancy of an apartment that you do not have the right to dispose of, you must at least provide precise information about the location of the apartment.

Documents required

No

Please note

If you are unable to report online, please contact the local district office in whose area of responsibility the living space is located.

Under certain circumstances, permission may be necessary to leave an apartment vacant due to renovation or new construction. If you report the vacancy due to a specific intention to carry out renovation work or new construction work, the approval is deemed to have been granted if the responsible authority does not object within eight weeks. In the event of an objection, you will receive information about the further procedure from the responsible authority.

Deadlines

At the latest immediately after the apartment has been empty for four months. The start of vacancy is when the last resident moves out; in the case of new buildings, the time when the property is ready for occupancy.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

  • You report the vacancy of the apartment online and, if necessary, attach evidence.
  • The responsible office checks the notification.
  • If further procedural steps (such as an approval process) are subsequently necessary, the responsible authority will contact the person who is authorized to dispose of the apartment with a corresponding message.
  • After the notification has been made, third parties cannot receive any further information about the status of the procedure or any other feedback on the displayed vacancy

Processing time

Processing by the responsible district office will take place as quickly as possible. After eight weeks you can assume that your ad was complete.

Fees

No

Legal notes

Legal remedies

This is a report from you. There is no legal remedy provided.

Legal basis

Hamburg Housing Protection Act

Service description

If living space is empty for more than four months, you, as the person who is legally allowed to dispose of the living space, are obliged to report the vacancy to the responsible district office. You can make the notification as a private individual or as a representative of a legal entity, such as a housing association.

If you, as a citizen, are aware that an apartment is vacant, but this apartment does not belong to you, you can still file a report. In this case, you can also report anonymously.

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