The SOFA agreement is complemented by another agreement that specifically applies to the six NATO countries (including the United Kingdom and the United States) that have a permanent military presence in Germany, the Complementary Agreement (or SA). SOFA was signed in 1951 and the SA was signed in 1959 and last updated in 1998 at the end of the Cold War. With its 83 articles, the SA to SOFA is much more detailed than SOFA itself (with 20 articles in Roman numerals – z.B. XX), and most of the time it is confused with the SOFA itself. Once you have found a place, write down all the damage that exists on the control sheet provided by the Housing Authority. Don`t rely on someone else to pay attention to defects. Anything you don`t comment on on your first inspection will be assigned to you when your departure time arrives. You are personally responsible for repairs that are not noted on the test card. You can pay for repairs out of your pocket or your deposit. Although many homeowners can be very friendly, it is important to remember that renting real estate is a commercial transaction. Please note that staff must register with the Housing Authority within two days of their arrival in Stuttgart and inform the Housing Authority at any time of the housing search status. For each mission abroad, the status of the Bundeswehr is governed by a bilateral or multilateral agreement with the host country. The status of NATO headquarters and its personnel is governed by the protocol on the status of the international military headquarters established under the North Atlantic Treaty of 28 August 1952 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II P.2000).
The complementary agreement to the Siege Protocol of 13 March 1967 also applies in Germany (agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Higher Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe on the special conditions for the creation and operation of an international military headquarters in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II, p.2009). When examining the status of the armed forces, it is necessary to distinguish between the legal status of foreign forces in Germany and the legal status of the Bundeswehr abroad. The presence of NATO troops stationed in Germany on the basis of a special agreement is subject to the NATO Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA) of 19 June 1951 (agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Status of their armed forces, Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II p.1190) and the additional SOFA agreement of 3 August 1959 (agreement complementing the agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the status of (Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II P.1218). The additional agreement contains detailed provisions on all matters relating to troops stationed in Germany. Following German unification, it was deeply revised by the agreement of 18 March 1993 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1994 II, p.2594). The presence of foreign armed forces on German territory requires a specific legal basis.