Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Chimney Sweeping Obligatory in Germany Until 2008

Until the end of 2008 Germany did not fool around with chimney-sweeping. Based on a law enacted during the Nazi era, homeowners were forced to allow chimney sweeps to enter their homes and carry out inspections.

In fact, if homeowners did not comply the police could be called to batter down the door. Following complaints and petitions, the European Union modified the law in 2008.

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