Representation of German tenants and insurance company providing legal protection

Berlin, Germany Good governance, Tenant and owner-occupier involvement frameworks


In Germany, private renters can join a tenants’ association, called a Mieterbund or Mietervereine. These represent tenants’ interests and offer members advice on tenancy contracts, utility costs and tenancy laws.

The Deutscher Mieterbund (DMB) is a national body which represents 320 local tenants’ organizations across Germany. Tenants pay a small membership fee and the organization employs 1,300 full-time employees and 2,500 volunteers across its network.[1] Many tenants’ associations also offer litigation cost protection through legal protection insurance. To this end, the German Tenants’ Association, regional associations and tenants’ associations founded their own insurance company in 1983, the German Tenants’ Association Legal Protection Insurance AG.

[1] For more information about German Tenants Association, see

Actors involved

  • Deutscher Mieterbund (DMB)