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Yes. Subleasing is allowed, in general.
Yes, there are restrictions.
Subleasing is not possible without the landlord's consent unless the landlord's permission has already been explicitly given in the tenancy agreement.
No, extensions can not be excluded by contract.
The tenant can only extend the lease if it contains an option to extend.
The tenant can only extend the lease if it contains an option to extend.
No, liability insurance is not required by law.
No, landlords normally do not require liability insurance.
No, a permit is not required to operate a retail trading business. There may be permits required for construction and other work, though.
In general, no special permits are required for the exercise of most businesses. However, certain businesses require special permits and licenses. Please note that business registration is required in Germany. The registration must be made at the local trade office (Gewerbeamt) or regulatory agency (Ordnungsamt) before or at the same time as the start of the business.
Please find the business registration form under the following link:
Sales outlets are allowed to be open around the clock from Monday to Saturday. Generally, sales outlets should be closed on Sunday and public holidays. Please note the following exemptions: - Sales outlets for the needs of tourists may open on Sundays and public holidays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Sales outlets with specific goods (like flowers, newspapers and magazines, bakery products, etc.) are allowed to open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. - Specific sales outlets (like petrol stations, pharmacies, airports, etc.) may be open on Sundays and public holidays. - The Land of Berlin may permit Berlin-wide shop opening from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a maximum of 8 Sundays or public holidays per year. In addition, sales outlets may open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on two additional Sundays or public holidays for special occasions (e.g. a company anniversary or a street festival).
A "template for notification of opening a shop on Sunday/a public holiday due to a special occasion" is available under the following link:
A special use permit is required. Applications are available on the official Website of Berlin - district office (Bezirksamt) Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
Please find the application for a restaurant licence in the source below:
The blocking time for bars and restaurants, as well as for public amusement venues and arcades begins at 5 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m.
Yes, you need a permit to serve alcohol, for example.