English Translations of German Civil and Fiscal Codes

One of the most disconcerting things about moving to a new country other than the language and cultural differences is the unfamiliar legal system. Whilst there may be numerous similarities with how things are done in our home countries, there usually comes a time when we simply are not sure if something is legal or not, and that is a real issue of you are not fluent in the local language.

Thankfully, the “Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz” (“Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Affairs”) website has extremely useful translations of the German Civil and Fiscal Codes which are excellent for checking up on things relating to landlord and tenant rights, contracts, employment law and the like.

Of course, translations are no substitute for proper legal advice when something really goes wrong, and the German wording will always prevail over the English version. However, they are a good, cost-free means to clarify smaller issues without having to engage a lawyer or ask native speakers for translations or opinions..

The translations of the German Civil Code can be found here and Fiscal Code here. The full list of documents for which official English translations are available is here.

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