Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Six cities in North Rhine-Westphalia have already regulated the controversial short-term rentals. In Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Münster, providers have required a housing ID since July 1st. This gives these municipalities "a powerful tool to counteract the misappropriation of apartments as shadow hotels," emphasized NRW Building Minister Ina Scharrenbach (CDU) on Tuesday in Düsseldorf. "Because apartments are first and foremost for permanent living." Thanks to the housing ID, the cities now have a comprehensive insight into short-term rentals.
However, the new obligation only applies in cities that have issued a misappropriation statute due to a severe lack of housing. If living space is to be rented for less than 90 days - less than 180 days for students - in the calendar year, a 12-digit "living space ID" is created after registration, which the respective provider must indicate in all advertisements on online platforms and in the print media is. Free registration takes place via the central building portal of the state government: .
An occupancy calendar must also be kept as proof of private short-term rentals. "This ensures that each provider of housing can be identified and it is possible to trace how often an apartment was used for something other than permanent living," explained the minister. Commercial providers - usually of holiday apartments - must also register and enter the living space ID in the advertisements, but do not keep an occupancy calendar.
The housing ID is a tool from the Housing Strengthening Act that was passed a year ago. The obligation to have an identification number has been in effect in cities with corresponding statutes since July 1 of this year.