When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace, we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand the regulations in Potsdam. This information is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. You should always check the relevant laws and procedures to be updated.
You can find information on regulations, laws, and best practices that may affect the Hosts in Germany by reading Responsible hosting in Germany. If you have questions about how certain laws affect you and your accommodation, please contact the city administration of the state capital Potsdam, or consult a local lawyer.
Short-Term Vacation Rental (STVR) Regulations
In Potsdam, there are regulations for short-term rentals and other usage of residential spaces, which can affect you as a Host. Renting out your own home or a vacation home may be restricted and subject to conditions and time limits. A bylaw prohibiting the misuse of residential space came into force in April 2021.
Under Potsdam's regulations, any space that is actually and legally suitable for permanent residential use is classified as living space. Residential spaces can be apartments or individual living rooms. Premises that have been constructed for purposes other than residential use and are used accordingly are excluded from the regulations.
Permitted short-term rental
According to the current housing rules in Potsdam, a residential space can still be used for non-residential purposes if rented out for less than 50% of the residential space. Thus no permit is required for renting out individual rooms if they cover less than 50 percent of the living space. Sharing your home up to 8 weeks in a calendar year is allowed.
Short-term rentals beyond the above-described exemptions require a permit. The permit is issued by the state capital Potsdam.
A permit can be granted if overriding public interests or private interests worthy of protection outweigh the interest in preserving the living space.
A permit may be granted if the interest in preserving the housing is taken into account by compensatory measures in a reliable and appropriate manner. This may be done by providing replacement housing or by making a compensatory payment. Approval may be granted for a limited time and with conditions.
Application forms and services of the city of Potsdam
Further information can be found on the website of City administration of the state capital Potsdam. There you will also find the forms to be submitted to the city administration and leaflets that can help you with further questions. If you have any questions regarding the applicable regulations or the registration of your accommodation, a service telephone number of the city administration is also available.