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32 posts, 05:52 today
Used car: Real world feedback about models
9 posts, 02:41 today
Getting licensed as a non-EU doctor in Germany
Noone works anywhere without a Berufserlaubnis or an Approbation. Without it you are in effect not a doctor but someone who has graduated from a faculty of medicine. The Berufserlaubnis is being phased out in favour of fully Approbiert candidates. Topic of foreign doctors has been extensively discussed. Check these threads…
4 posts, 01:42 today
Short-term internet contracts
5 posts, 01:07 today
Language course levels
23 posts, 00:17 today
BEWARE: Phony Buddhist Monks
The Frankfurt press seems not to have twigged yet, but this article from Berlin describes the scam. Anyway, good on you, UltraDeb, for calling out the rat, even if you didn't get your ten Euros back. Fake charity scams are really low. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest this dude's armpits and especially of…
4 posts, 23:48 yesterday
Salary calculation before & after Elternzeit
11 posts, 22:04 yesterday
Prepare a sublease contract for a student WG
4 posts, 21:00 yesterday
Gebäudeversicherung‎ too high
4 posts, 20:14 yesterday
Kabel Deutschland Problems
42 posts, 17:21 yesterday
Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts
29 posts, 16:28 yesterday
Rental contracts and minimal notice of leave
It doesn't work like that. If you thought the house was unsafe you could have moved out. Since you stayed you are responsible for giving the house back in the same state you took it on, should the landlady insist on it. Maybe she is happy with your changes, if she isn't you have to pay to put it back into the…
54 posts, 15:28 yesterday
Netflix Germany to launch in September 2014
Not being able to access German Prime with smartdns is a PITA for me as I have to have smartdns setup on my router to get chromecast working. Overplay support just suggested I turn off smartdns. Anyhow, I started watching Netflix today set to Germany, officially installed on my Samsung Smart TV, and continued to watch…
25 posts, 15:23 yesterday
Buying an apartment still inhabited by a tenant
Posted image I don't want to scare you, but German law is very friendly to tenants, but not so friendly to the owners of the apartments. There are only a few reasons for which you are allowed to do a fixed-term rental contract, they are listed in the German Civil Code, article 575: Section 575 Fixed-term lease (1) A lease may…
12 posts, 14:58 yesterday
Schools - choice and availability
MACAL, our experience of the school system is scattered around TT though I'll piece it together again... My daughter and I moved here 3 years ago from the UK when she was 10, class 5 in primary school. She had no German language knowledge and mine was limited as I hadn't spoken German since my teens. We too were…
32 posts, 14:57 yesterday
How to eat healthily in Germany
Just over a year ago I had some good advice from a German nutritionist (Ernährungsberater)and since then I have lost a significant amount of amount of weight. Now I never drink juice as it contains a lot of natural sugar, better to eat fruit in small portions. If you feel like orange juice eat a tangerine or half an…
13 posts, 14:28 yesterday
Finding the "right" charity for my kids
How about starting with questions that can quickly limit your little girl's options? Help in Germany or abroad? Animals or people? Children or everyone? Medical help? Environmental support? Charities that loan to small-business owners? Of course you're influencing your daughter's choice, but that's all…
31 posts, 14:22 yesterday
American married to a German - What are my rights?
I'm sorry to hear of your situation, and can't help wondering why you got married in the first place. This sounds like a toxic and abusive relationship that you need to get out of, and get some breathing space, while you work out what you want to do. Try getting in touch with these people - you can do it online…
4 posts, 13:27 yesterday
Crazy X-Potential Landlord
51 posts, 12:04 yesterday
Blitz marathon Thurs + Fri 18-19 September 2014
Haters gonna hate. Honestly Germany has probably the best behaved drivers in the world, but people still have to complain about something. And of course, there are idiots everywhere. P.S., I think people are more or less well behaved here as a consequence of the "follow the rules" mentality.…
6 posts, 10:28 yesterday
IpTV boxes for Indian tv & sports content
73 posts, 09:26 yesterday
Buying a house in Germany
cheers guys, thanks for the tips. Will certainly consider them when the time comes. Just got back from a very informative meeting with a rep from Interhyp and thought I'd provide answer some of my own questions: KfW loan can be 10, 20 or 30 years and can be paid off in full at any time without penalty.…
1222 posts, 09:24 yesterday
New TV license fee, €17.98 a month from 01/2013
Posted image That it just says "Zahlung" made me a bit suspicious**. Just out of curiosity, was the bill addressed to you or your husband, or to something like "Alle Haushälte im Beitragsgebiet"? This for example is a known scam attempt: http://www.computerbetru... **Maybe I'm wrong, but…
13 posts, 01:20 yesterday
Inkasso and Ikea legal problem
What you have: 1) You didn't pay, because you used a debit card without having covering funds in the account 2) Ikea doesn't send you letters. They don't even know who you are, nor where you live. You received two letters from your bank. What more do you expect? 3) That's to be expected. To…
42 posts, 00:42 yesterday
Discrimination case against police
I, a U.S. citizen, was given a hard time at the Philidelphia airport on arrival because the U.S. border guard was missing some entry stamp into Germany in my passport. I pointed out that the passport was issued in Germany as I have been living there for several years. After some irrelevant back and forth…
83 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Zattoo picture quality - Is it my set up or...?
30 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Magic mushroom grow kits
not from my experience, but everyone reacts differently... if the person is experiencing enhanced colors, has a permanent grin(good trip) and is seeing trails or movement of static objects(just to name a few) that could be an indication of hallucinogens edit: inexperienced users should NEVER take a trip…
5 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Freelancing for German companies from abroad
6 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Single Feed Coaxiable cable
8 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Netgear n600 Smart DNS/Static Routes
70 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Kindle vs NOOK vs iPad
I read a lot of books, and I'm very happy with my Kindle for the reasons Oblomov listed - it's lightweight and fits perfectly into my jacket pocket, it's comfortable on the eyes with no glare or reflection, and it has a battery life that lasts weeks rather than hours. But I'm also on my…
21 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Generali Vision can't charge when cancelling early
Posted image The GENERALI VISION plans is the most beloved cash cow for those usual culprits among the IFAs which target Expats in Germany, especially the CTMNBN. Why: it pays a princly or even royal commission to the "advisor" and the commission is risk free for the advisor. Because the terms and conditons…
88 posts, 17.Sep.2014
When to add Mehrwertsteuer to your invoices
23 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Buying and exporting small quantity of gold
Presently there is duty of ca. 10% on gold imports into India. It the OP buys a few bars of gold (2*100g) cost him around 2*3200€. If he sells them back in India without paying any customs duty (technically smuggle), he would get a decent profit of around 600€. There is no restriction in carrying gold…
49 posts, 17.Sep.2014
Kids spend all their free time with computers
Dear Bubli. I was very interested to read your post as I'm also feeling that my daughter, 13, is spending too much time on her iPad. She's not so much into games but watching YouTube young ladies sharing beauty tips though some of the content is about baking and charitable stuff. My first feeling…
18 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Tax claim on office commuting
Let's first calculate how much you are allowed to claim for the Pendlerpauschale: 80km x 0.30€/km x about 200 working days a year = 4.800€ However, unless your train ticket was more than 4,500€, your expenses for commuting are capped at 4,500€. ***... Income tax without commuting (use…
54 posts, 16.Sep.2014
'Impressum' on websites in Germany
Germany, a country otherwise obsessed with privacy, requires all website owners to publish their name, address and (if offering a service) telephone number and email address on their website on an Impressum page. (But no, we can't have Street View, that would be an invasion of our privacy!) According…
45 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Job application procedure
Posted image I second what El Jeffo wrote, that if you haven't received an acknowledgement of receipt of your application, that's the perfect excuse to ring them up and ask whether they've received it. Of course, if you *have* received a letter acknowledging receipt, then ringing them up is way too pushy.…
4 posts, 16.Sep.2014
When is Provision fee payment due to Makler?
31 posts, 16.Sep.2014
My driving licence (Führerschein) experience+tips
9 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Caught in a catch 22 with the AOK over a refund
Thank you to those who replied to my original post. I would just like to let people know that we appealed against the AOK decision and they have agreed to begin the family insurance from 01.01.2013. They have also given a refund of payments backdated to 01.01.2013. It was a hard process reading up on all…
59 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Online German language courses
6 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Wohnraumschaffung when buying off the plan
It is weird that you have not been informed about this indeed. Does not shed too good a light on whoever worked with you on the mortgage setting... There are a number of KfW-mortgages which are subsidized by the governement and thus come with reduced interest rate. A typical one is the "Wohneigentumsprogr...…
25 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Job offer made and later rescinded
Contact a local lawyer specialized in labor law (Arbeitsrecht) and let them handle this for you. Depending on the circumstances of your current employment situation, perhaps your old company will allow you to rescind your resignation (that would be my first step unless I were sure they would decline the…
16 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Temporary move to Germany with spouse (non CS)
Even if you do get a residence permit from Germany (and I have no idea on what grounds you would since he is the one with income and isn't eligible to apply for residency), you almost certainly will not be permitted to homeschool (as you may have heard, it's generally banned here). How long is his…
11 posts, 16.Sep.2014
Catergory III for DOD school in Stuttgart
20 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Open a bank account without an anmeldung
8 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Rent increased by 30% before renovation started
I'm sorry. This isn't good news -Die Ankündigung von teuren Modernisierungsmaßnahme... ist eine zu diesem Zweck weit verbreitete Methode. Eigentümer können 11 Prozent der Modernisierungskosten auf die Jahresmiete umlegen. Daraus resultieren oft ganz erhebliche Mietsteigerungen, die auch nicht…
8 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Fritz Box - Where to insert Start Code 1&1
63 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Landlord included a repair clause in contract
You didn't read it correctly. It says _you_ have to pay up to 250,- yearly for repairs. Everything above has to be paid by the landlord. Basically it's meant for painting, repairing light switches, taps, fuses, light bulbs, etc. It's standard in a lot of contracts nowadays, see http://de.wikipedia.org/...…
29 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Hauptmieter/Landlord demanding payment in cash
Finally its gone to court, and they have a made a decision about it. He was unable to prove that the damaged occured from me, so that 250 euros from the 500 euros kaution that he hasnt refunded has to be returned(250 was paid back previously). With the 170 euros being the nebenkosten overpayment, they decided…
17 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Websites for finding and booking hotels
40 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Info on what animal shelters are like in Germany
23 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Reclaiming your pension funds on leaving Germany
20 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Terminate an employment contract not yet commenced
63 posts, 15.Sep.2014
Legal standing on this rent matter
Hello, I'm usually more the reader here, but in this case I decided to give my two cents, before you pay a lot of money for nothing. He (the boyfriend) either doesn't know the German law himself or simply wants to take advantage of your lack of knowledge when it comes to legal matters. My opinion:…
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