Moving to a new address in Germany

Moving to a new address in Germany

Moving to a new address in Germany

If you are moving to a different address within Germany, there are a few steps you need to take. We’ve put together this helpful checklist so you can make sure you’ve got everything covered.

Change of address in Germany

When you move within Germany, you have to register your new address at the local citizens’ office (Bürgeramt) within two weeks of moving. Failure to do so could result in a fine. Being incorrectly registered could also affect your benefits, insurance and taxes.

Changing your address (anmelden or ummelden) is a relatively simple procedure, exactly the same as the one you followed when you first arrived in Germany.

Ummelden: Moving within the same municipality

If you are moving to an address that is covered by the same municipality, you need to let them know about your change of address. This is called an “Ummeldung”.

Anmelden: Moving to a different municipality

If you are moving to a new municipality, you only need to register at your new local citizens’ office. They will automatically inform your old municipality of your address change. As this process is essentially like registering for the first time, it is called an “Anmeldung”.

How to register your new address

You need to make an appointment with your local citizens’ office. This can be done in person, by phone or, increasingly, online. You will need to bring the following documents to your appointment:

Who to notify when you change address

If you are changing your address, there are several other authorities you also need to inform.

Renters: Let your landlord know

As soon as you have signed your new rental contract, if you are living in rented accommodation you need to inform your current landlord of your intention to move out. You must submit this in writing, at least three months before you intend to move. German tenancy agreements often specify that the outgoing tenant must re-paint and clean the property. Stick to what is stipulated in your contract to make sure you get your deposit back.  

Utility companies: Inform or give notice

Before you move, you will also need to inform your utility companies, unless you’re living in a type of housing, such as shared accommodation, where all bills are handled by the landlord. When it comes to things like internet and phone line, it might be possible to keep your existing contracts. Otherwise, you will need to provide at least three months’ notice and select new utility companies for your new home.  

Post office: Have your post redirected

Instead of having to inform a multitude of different organisations about your change of address, Deutsche Post offers two different services that take a lot of the stress out of moving.

Redirection (Nachsendeservice)

The redirection (Nachsende) service from the Deutsche Post will automatically redirect all your letters to your new address for up to 24 months. Prices start at 19,90 euros for six months.

Moving announcement (Umzugsmitteilung)

Kill 20 birds with one stone by filling out a moving announcement (Umzugsmitteilung). This free service minimises bureaucratic fuss by informing your bank, health insurance company, pension provider and multiple other organisations about your change of address. All you need to do is fill out a form.

Do I need to notify the tax office if I move?

Unless your new home is very close to your old one, usually when you move, your competent tax office (Finanzamt) will change as well.

It is a good idea to inform your old tax office of your change of address. Otherwise, they may try to get in contact with you (for instance, requesting that you complete your annual tax return or, if you have your own business, informing you about changes to business taxes) without realising you have moved.

Local tax offices rarely communicate with each other, so your old tax office will not be aware that you have submitted your tax return elsewhere, and may fine you for late submission. Avoid confusion by letting them know, well in advance of moving.

Read also

  • Moving services & companies in Germany

    Moving services & companies in Germany

    Moving to a new house in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or any other German city? Our expat-friendly moving companies offer services in Germany.
    read more
  • Cleaners & House cleaning services in Germany

    Cleaners & House cleaning services in Germany

    Looking for a professional to help you out with cleaning your house and/or office? Here is a list of cleaners and cleaning services in Germany!
    read more
  • IamExpat Housing

    IamExpat Housing

    Find apartments, rooms and houses for rent in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and all over Germany.
    read more
  • Rentals in Germany

    Rentals in Germany

    Considering renting in Germany? Get the facts: pricing, rental contracts, tenants' rights, Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, rent benefit & reasons to rent.
    read more
  • Proof of residence certificate (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)

    Proof of residence certificate (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)

    Expats renting in Germany need a proof of residence certificate (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) before they can register. But what is it and how do you get one?
    read more
  • Rental contracts & Housing rights in Germany

    Rental contracts & Housing rights in Germany

    Signing your German rental contract? Get to grips with your housing rights: rent increases, deposit, warm vs cold rent and utilities & ending your tenancy.
    read more
  • The German housing market

    The German housing market

    Expat guide to navigating the German housing market, including types of housing, student accommodation, changing your address & setting up home utilities.
    read more
  • Short stay rentals & Serviced apartments in Germany

    Short stay rentals & Serviced apartments in Germany

    Short stay accommodation, serviced apartments and short-term rentals for expats in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and other cities in Germany.
    read more
  • German housing types

    German housing types

    What kinds of housing are available in Germany? What do expats & students need to consider when choosing between apartments, houses, WGs and rooms?
    read more
  • Student housing in Germany

    Student housing in Germany

    If you're coming to study in Germany, you'll need somewhere to live. Read about the types of student accommodation and our tips on finding student housing.
    read more
  • Internet providers in Germany

    Internet providers in Germany

    Get online: learn about the biggest internet providers in Germany, how to set up your connection and change your German internet company.
    read more
  • German energy suppliers: Electricity & Gas

    German energy suppliers: Electricity & Gas

    The German energy market is private, which means expats are free to choose, set up and change their electricity and gas suppliers. Learn how.
    read more
  • Water supply companies in Germany

    Water supply companies in Germany

    There are hundreds of public water supply companies across Germany; you cannot freely choose, as your responsible company is determined by where you live.
    read more
  • Buying a house in Germany

    Buying a house in Germany

    Before you can fulfil your dream of owning your own home in Germany, you need to think about taxes, allowances, real estate agents & mortgages.
    read more
  • German mortgages (Hypothek / Darlehen)

    German mortgages (Hypothek / Darlehen)

    Our expat guide to German mortgages, including mortgage advisors, requirements & documents, types of mortgages and the application process in Germany.
    read more