Wohnungsgeberbestätigung in English – a small guide
What is a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung in English?
Wohnungsgeberbestätigung roughly translates to “landlord’s confirmation”. This document is a statement made by whoever gives you accomodation that you have moved in at a set date. It takes the shape of a form filled in and signed by your landlord, agency or relative.
This document is required in Germany to register your address with the Anmeldung. It’s not possible to complete the Anmeldung without it.
It sometimes know as Einzugsbestätigung des Wohnungsgebers, or Vermieterbescheinigung as well in some parts of Germany.
Who fills in the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung?
The person providing you with accomodation has to provide you this document, as defined by law in the Bundesmeldegestz (BMG), section 19.
This is most often a landlord directly, or represented by their estate management agency. However, in a flat share or sublet situation, this can be provided by the main tenant, in agreement with the landlord (since they have be aware of who lives in the place at all times).
When staying at a relative or a friend, it is also possible to obtain this document from them, even though there are no contracts or payments between you. Again, the landlord should in theory be aware of who lives there at all times.
How do I fill in a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung form?
The law states that the following information should be displayed on the document:
- Name and address of the accomodation provider, as well as the name of the owner/landlord, if both are different entities.
- Move in date.
- Address of the accomodation.
- Name of the person that moves in.
- Signature of the accomodation provider
As long as this information is there, any document could in theory be accepted. You can use the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung example form available there. You can fill-it in online & save it as PDF or print-it this empty template out first and fill it by hand.
If you need a translation of the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung form, you can open this document next to it as a help: Wohnungsgeberbestätigung English template.
This also works as Wohnungsgeberbestätigung pdf for Berlin. In fact, it works for any city in Germany.
Anmeldung without a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung: is it really not possible?
It is not possible to do the Anmeldung without a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung. It is a compulsory document that will be requested by the city clerk during your appointement.
Some people argue that it is possible to fill that document in themselves as city clerks usually don’t check its authenticity and don’t have any resources to do it anyway. While this is true, it is still illegal to do this.
This small post clarifies the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung in English, why it’s needed and how to fill it in. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.Bastien