Many tenants like to use their balcony to dry their laundry – be it to use the power of the sun and wind, due to a lack of space or simply for convenience. However, you should follow certain rules.

Rental agreements or house rules that generally prohibit drying laundry on balconies have no legal basis. Tenants are allowed to dry their laundry both in the apartment and on the balcony, even if other drying rooms are available.

If you want to dry your laundry on the balcony, this is allowed according to the German Tenants’ Association. However, certain restrictions must be observed:

In general, you must ensure that the use of the balcony does not unduly disrupt the interests of other tenants. However, what is perceived as disturbing is an individual question.

Some neighbors may feel inconvenienced by the sight of underwear or baby diapers. Others may be bothered by cleaning rags flapping in the wind.

It is advisable to clarify with the neighbors whether and to what extent they might feel disturbed by the drying of laundry. You don’t have to be considerate of everyone, but offensive or extremely annoying situations should be avoided