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While for a flat a person has to pay 17 sth. € per month, while for a Betriebstätte with one person working a company only has to pay 5.99 €.

As the company doesn't have to pay anything at all if the Betriebstätte is a private flat, I got the idea to turn around this. So my Question is: Can I unsubscribe from the Rundfunkbeitrag by saying I live in a flat where someone else is paying (if this is a natural person it works) if this other party is a company?

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Please explain what a Betriebstätte, sth. €, and Rundfunkbeitrag are. – Richard Krajunus Feb 25 '13 at 0:17
€ is the currency symbol for the Euro – Chris W. Rea Feb 25 '13 at 1:12
They are specific termini used in concerning German law. Betriebstätte is a place where people of a company work and Rundfunkbeitrag is fee every German household has to pay to finance the public media. see (German) for more information. But I'm afraid the question is to specific to get answered here. -.- – YAK Feb 25 '13 at 12:07
Should be doable, though they would require paperwork from you. And do not expect to being able to really get all this done within a year. The GEZ is notoriously slow. Personally, I am not sure, whether the 120 Euros saved per year are worth the trouble. They would probably ask you to provide paperwork for the Betriebsstaette, so this has to be a valid company. And they might come and inspect the place. You know the people. Not sure though whether they might not still consider it a flat, given that you have a bed and shower inside. In German law there is this thing called Umgehungsgeschaeft – alex vieux Mar 20 '14 at 3:28

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This is not possible.

Section 2 of the Rundfunkbeitragsstaatsvertrag orders every person living in a Wohnung (flat) to pay the Rundfunkbeitrag for the flat. Wohnung is then defined in section 3.

Section 3(2) specifically excludes rooms in some kinds of Betriebsstätten from the definition (shortened translation by me):

  1. rooms in a shared accommodation, such as barracks, refugee centers, boarding schools,
  2. rooms in non-permanent living homes, such as nursing homes,
  3. patient rooms in hospitals,
  4. cells in prisons and
  5. rooms for short stays, such hotel rooms, holiday flats, housing in seminar centers.

So unless you live in one of those, a reverse argument (argumentum e contrario) shows that you still need to pay for your flat.

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damn it :) - so I need to figure out a way to turn my whole floor (6 flats) into one flat to get some savings :/ And thanks for the answer - I totally missed that the listing of non-flats was about Betriebstätten... – YAK Jun 12 at 8:51

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