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This article provides specific information about local laws that apply to people who host their homes in Aachen. Just like our country article for Germany, it’s your responsibility to verify and comply with any obligations that apply to you as a Host. This article can serve as a starting point or place you can come back to if you have questions but it isn’t exhaustive and it doesn’t constitute legal or tax advice. It’s a good idea to check to make sure laws and procedures are current.

Some of the laws that might affect you are complicated. Contact the City of Aachen directly or consult a local advisor, such as an attorney or tax professional, if you have questions.

Regulations for Rentals

Aachen has regulations on short-term rentals which are designed to protect and preserve residential spaces. Check the city’s guidelines for more information or view the Housing Protection Statute (Satzung zum Schutz und Erhalt von Wohnraum) and the housing framework under the NRW state-wide so-called Housing Strengthening Act.

Permit requirements

Since August 01, 2019, in order for the use of residential space for purposes other than residential as well as the vacancy of residential space in the city of Aachen requires a permit. Refer to the city’s FAQ for more information.

Registration obligations

Since July 1, 2022, you have to display a registration number (“Wohnraum-Identitätsnummer”) online if you want to rent out a residential space on a short-term basis and are the tenant or owner. This rule applies irrespective of the amount of days per calendar year that you intend to rent out your residential space on a short-term basis. You can apply for a housing identity number via the online service at NRW construction portal.

Obligations to display company details

You can choose to add your company details (imprint) instead of providing a registration number, if you host:

  • a non-residential space
  • a residential space long term (minimum of three months)
  • a residential space short-term, if you are not the tenant or owner of the space

The option to add company details instead of providing a registration number, regularly applies to business owners, management companies, B&Bs, serviced apartments and hotels.

Instructions to enter your registration number or imprint on Airbnb

To enter your registration number or your imprint on Airbnb, please follow the following steps:

How to enter your registration number (Wohnraum ID) or company details (imprint):

  • Log into your Airbnb account.
  • Go to "Manage listings" and select the respective listing which requires a registration number
  • Go to 'Policies and Rules', then 'Laws and Regulations' and enter your registration number under ‘Regulations’
  • Repeat this process for each additional listing
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