According to the German Federal Act on Registration, tenants are required to register within 14 days at the registration office or citizens' office when moving into a new apartment (Anmeldung). This applies to the primary as well as the secondary residence, and equally when moving within a city, within Germany and when moving to Germany from abroad. An exception is made for tenants who move into an apartment in an accommodation facility (for example, in an apartment hotel) and already have an apartment in Germany in which they have registered: They do not have to register as a resident in this secondary apartment if the rental period is less than 6 months. As soon as their stay exceeds 6 months, they must register with the authorities within 14 days. For tenants who do not have another apartment in Germany and move into an apartment in an accommodation facility, the following applies: They do not have to register with the authorities in the rented apartment if the rental period is less than 3 months. Only if they stay in the apartment for a longer period of time, they have to register with the authorities within 14 days after the 3 months have expired. In order to register, a confirmation of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) is required. Most landlords are obliged to issue this to their tenants when they move in. Please note: The contents of this page have been created for your information and do not replace legal advice. For legal advice in your specific case, please contact a lawyer.