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13 posts, 02:34 today
Talk like a pirate day is back!
36 posts, 23:34 yesterday
Used car: Real world feedback about models
9 posts, 23:12 yesterday
Looking to open an Irish pub - The question is where
19 posts, 22:01 yesterday
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…
22 posts, 21:43 yesterday
Returning bad food to a shop without a receipt
I understand that a point of principle is at stake, but at € 1.39 a pack I would just cut my losses and get on with my life. Wouldn't be worth my while to remonstrate. That said, if there was a problem with an entire batch of produce, a centralised customer service system - i.e. not just a hurried cashier telling…
17 posts, 21:22 yesterday
American working in Germany - salary in EURO or $?
No, you will definitely be liable for German taxes. The $90K amount you're referring to is probably the foreign earned income exclusion threshold (form 2555), although the threshold is actually $97,600 (2013). Essentially as long as you earn less than that amount and live overseas, you can exclude up to that…
6 posts, 20:10 yesterday
Realized I'm not insured AFTER hospital stay
I just received your PM - thank you - and answered you to send an email before I read this on TT. After reading this, I am sorry to say but you can spare sending me an email now because there is really nothing me/anyonelse can do, I am afraid. I won't even start going into how it is unbelievable that you would not…
71 posts, 19:28 yesterday
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 second smartphone,…
6 posts, 19:13 yesterday
Gebäudeversicherung‎ too high
what the owners of the property are setting up as insurance and at what costs is nothing you can influence, I am affraid. Plus, some overall and general statistics don't say much, either. there could have been claims/damages in the past to the property that have increased the premium over average. The opwner might…
18 posts, 18:52 yesterday
Where to get an instant cash loan
58 posts, 18:07 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…
21 posts, 18:03 yesterday
Import Duty & VAT for a Laptop from US to Germany
29 posts, 16:53 yesterday
BEWARE: Phony Buddhist Monks
Wow - somehow this thread turned from "watch out for this scam X" to "lets bash various other movements/races" pretty quickly. "gypsies / turks" trying to get at your money...? Two side notes: Anyone coming to live in Germany would be well advised to read up about the German/Turkish situation…
25 posts, 16:22 yesterday
Dealing with a minor car accident escalating
As someone who has worked in accident insurance investigation, albeit in the UK, my advice to anyone who has a mobile phone with a camera, take photographs of the damage to the vehicles no matter how minor and photograph the driver/passengers of the other vehicle if you can. The pictures can save a lot of problems later…
6 posts, 16:22 yesterday
Crazy X-Potential Landlord
16 posts, 15:47 yesterday
What to expect at a dermatologist (mole check)
I get a full mole mapping every year paid for by my (private) insurance, and what happens is: I turn up, he asks me questions about my history regarding sun exposure, family history of skin cancers etc, then he pulls up the previous record which has a map of my body with little markers on it at everything that was marked…
23 posts, 15:15 yesterday
German Free TV via cable
Posted image I downloaded the documentation for the TV (a Sony Bravia KDL-40HX705) and it has satellite input and cable input, and in the section about the EPG it offers it says "for digital signal input only". So it may well have a DVB-C tuner in it. But for the USB it definitely says "USB, for video playback from…
4 posts, 15:02 yesterday
Furniture and Electronics Brands
10 posts, 14:52 yesterday
Paying for damage to rental furniture
Yes, true, and I would have never just gotten rid of it if we didn't ask. We both (my husband and I ) remember asking specifically about the table and a couple of other items before we moved in (the table is the only thing missing), except we are now the only ones that remember this conversation. Otherwise, I would…
26 posts, 14:20 yesterday
Problems with late salary payment
Welcome to Toytown Bon_UK Your post seems to have been merged to the wrong topic as your situation doesn't appear to have much to do with Immediate resignation without any notice period. If the admin(s or mods) spot this discrepancy they may again move your post to the more apt Problems with late salary payment Be…
6 posts, 13:58 yesterday
Language course levels
33 posts, 13:50 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…
5 posts, 11:58 yesterday
Short-term internet contracts
26 posts, 11:30 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…
5 posts, 07:32 yesterday
Salary calculation before & after Elternzeit
11 posts, 18.Sep.2014
Prepare a sublease contract for a student WG
4 posts, 18.Sep.2014
Kabel Deutschland Problems
42 posts, 18.Sep.2014
Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts
29 posts, 18.Sep.2014
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…
12 posts, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
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…
51 posts, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
IpTV boxes for Indian tv & sports content
73 posts, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
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, 18.Sep.2014
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
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...…
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