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13 posts, 11:13 today
When to add "zu" to before a verb
43 posts, 10:27 today
Rent increase based on further occupant/s
Well, then - as illogical as it seems - he is not allowed to raise the Pauschalmiete just because you are now two people instead of one, see here for part 1 of such a question asked a lawyer and here for part 2. However, he can do other things. According to your contract only warm water, electricity, garbage and heating…
29 posts, 09:58 today
US FATCA and German banks
60 posts, 04:35 today
Transferring money from UK to German bank account
4 posts, 22:40 yesterday
Starting TESA application
12 posts, 21:03 yesterday
Over the counter medicine for a yeast infection
17 posts, 19:55 yesterday
Little pension planning tool for free download
Posted image Thanks to the input from you guys and some assistance out of the Toytown community, we have now an online-version of the pension planner on our website. If you click on this link here http://www.crcie.com/fin... and then click on the picture, you'll get directly to the pension planner where you just need to fill in…
5 posts, 19:49 yesterday
Translators for linguistic research project
Maybe a bit more general information would help. Do participants have to be in Berlin or is it an on-line task? Are you looking for participants with formal training and credentials as translators (CELTA, or state-recognized translators) or could you also use as participants those who work (extensively) as translators without…
91 posts, 19:25 yesterday
When to add Mehrwertsteuer to your invoices
15 posts, 18:28 yesterday
Tip for those paying into a Rürup pension plan
Posted image This is an important and good question. Though you are the first person ever I met who assumes he'll be earning more and thus pay higher taxes during retirment. Ceteris paribus the majority of people will have less income (albeit also less expenses) in retirement than during the peak of their working days... The general…
8 posts, 14:27 yesterday
Registering a birth, plus tax band changes
46 posts, 14:01 yesterday
Where to buy an English-language laptop computer
74 posts, 13:54 yesterday
Receiving a package from Deutsche Post or DHL
You go to whomever you pay your rent to. Tell them (don't ask them) to have your name put wherever it needs to go. Give them a deadline of a couple of days. If they still don't do it threaten with with withdrawing a percentage of your rent. All of this in writing. In the meantime sellotape a makeshift label on…
5 posts, 13:22 yesterday
Proposing a motion to support Hausmeister
Posted image That may sound trivial to you, but I think at least the lack of a mobile is a problem in a Hausmeister, who has to be able to respond to emergencies. How about getting him an easy to use mobile phone and teaching him how to use it? That would contribute to his job security. From experience with technophobe relatives,…
7 posts, 12:01 yesterday
Changing headlights for TUV - UK to Continental
53 posts, 11:53 yesterday
Resigning and taking the rest of your holidays
The topic of leave and termination is a very interesting one also in practical terms. To begin with, here some basics • The law grants a minimum of 24 days leave based on a six day working week • After six months of employment the employee is entitled to claim the full amount of leave • Before those six months the…
5 posts, 11:40 yesterday
Rupaul's Drag Race TV Show
48 posts, 09:22 yesterday
Employment termination & aufhebungsvertag
This is what I think about the issue, having signed an Aufhebungsvertrag years ago. Note that this isn't legal advice and that consultating a lawyer really is advisable. * I believe this contract is the Aufhebungsvertag. Should I consult a lawyer before or after I recieve it? I have no intention to sign it without…
93 posts, 05:50 yesterday
Do you listen to podcasts?
I don't really get peoples obsession with NPR, the output seems.. amateurish. I would recommend nearly all the BBC Podcasts, especially: In Our Time The Infinite Monkey Cage Material World Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film reviews Friday Night Comedy Basically, I would recommend anyone who hasn't…
14 posts, 00:08 yesterday
Tips on cancelling your O2 DSL contract
7 posts, 00:06 yesterday
English-language support for O2 dsl
9 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Travel insurance when moving away from Germany
9 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Finding info on a Sony TV
23 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Printer options and price of cartridges
That used to be true seeking, but these days in a sub €100 device it makes little or no difference. For the usage pattern you describe I really would suggest the cheap HP laser that I linked to, but if you want colour or the occasional photo and can stand the effort of maintaining printer to stop it drying up then the…
81 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Airlines used by pet owners flying to Germany
Posted image Here's what the Lufthansa rep told me when I booked our flights for last November: Under-the-seat carriers must: --Be no larger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. --Weigh less than 8 kg (pet and carrier combined). Accompanied Cargo Carriers must: --Meet IATA regulations. --Be hard-shelled and held together with bolts (not plastic…
85 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Nice person of the day award - Enough about bastards
Posted image I nominate the "Chief Cat Herder" from an email I received. Found this poor guy starving on the side of the road riding home tonight. Couldn't leave him, so I have to drop him at the shelter in the morning on the way in. Found in Dublin, so he's a suburban cat. Clearly not afraid of people, so he was…
6 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Spanish - German translation needed
38 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Christmas traditions in Germany
This is our East German Christmas tradition: Christmas Eve 1) Drive over 200 kilometers to my in-laws in the Dorf in the Erzgebirge 2) Sit around awkwardly for many hours around the living room coffee table which has been cranked up to the full height of a dining table 3) Wait for the inevitable fight that happens between…
12 posts, 17.Dec.2014
US Military Reserve Retiree SOFA
7 posts, 17.Dec.2014
FRA airport internet access
24 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Starting an Online Travel Agency
to facilitate online bookings for hotelsThis is the bit that scares me. If you are taking bookings for small hotels with no online presence then this implies that your new website will be taking the end-user payments??? THAT is a huge drama if in the plan. Reason being that travel companies have a nasty habit of going…
20 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Rental fees of a 50m2 Pub or restaurant
Do you have experience running a restaurant? That would help. There is a restaurant downstairs from me, used to be a bar but the lady died and it got rented out to 2 guys who were starting. Both had loads of experience working at restaurants but not really running one, bookkeeping for example. They each put up 12,000€…
59 posts, 17.Dec.2014
Advice on setting up as a freelancer
14 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Putting unwanted furniture outside on the street
There was a story a while back on the BBC of a guy who did this in the UK and nobody was interested - I believe it was a fridge he was giving away. After a few days he changed the sign to 'For sale $10' and within the hour someone had stolen it Here in Germany there's nothing to stop you putting this…
1285 posts, 16.Dec.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 I don't believe…
9 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Kindergeld Familienkasse Requesting Certification
19 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Landlord rights- short term (3-6 months) rental
29 posts, 16.Dec.2014
RIP Joan Rivers - We miss you
Sorry, arifnahiyan, this thread is only for a dead woman and she's taken the position permanently. You're out of luck. I don't think Joan Rivers would care if she had millions of negs, any more than do the people on TT who gather negs as if they were gold coins. "Joan Rivers planned out her own funeral…
57 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Tax return after working in France and Germany
If you received employee income outside Germany, you will have to fill in Anlage N-AUS. This form is a new tax form that is first used in your tax return for 2011, before then employee income was declared in Anlage AUS along with all other kinds of foreign income. From 2011, Anlage AUS is just the place to declare all…
34 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Customs tax or duty on items ordered from the UK
4 posts, 16.Dec.2014
American Dutch German Taxes
69 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Returning of products bought at Saturn
33 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Seeking Information about new Business Set-up
Did you take time to read the replies and the links provided in this very post that you started with a question. Looks like you are just asking the same question again after two months. The exact activity (tätigkiet) job description was used as examples for freelancing. Let me point out the answer to your question from…
7 posts, 16.Dec.2014
German / EU Business Forums
4 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Spoiled kitchen top
Posted image Dear TTers Some one year back - my partner put a hot pan on the kitchen top. This looks like the picture attached (towards left of the water spot you see a golden color crescent shaped mark). Was wondering how to fix this. And do the landlords usually charge for such stuff. Many thanks! Cheers! K…
14 posts, 16.Dec.2014
MasterCard credit cards from gebuhrenfrei.com
21 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Car repair after accident - Chassis frame skewed
Only an expert who has seen the car can tell you exactly how it will need to be repaired but pulling/stretching the frame back in to shape is a standard repair technique. I'd go for the new car but take care with the dealer's special offer. At this time of year dealers have special pricing so they (or…
14 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Received an invoice when no work was performed
Found this at Finanztip.de (my bold):Verbraucherschutz-... werden im Hinblick auf den Kostenvoranschlag häufig mit den 2 folgenden Fragen konfrontiert: "Muss man für einen Kostenvoranschlag eines Handwerkers bezahlen?" und "Um wieviel darf der Handwerker den Kostenvoranschlag überschreiten?" Mit…
4 posts, 16.Dec.2014
German sky sports via satellite - The basics...
16 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Civilian in hiring process for US Base in Garmisch
some/most CYS jobs requires specific education and credentials - no amount of spousal/veteran preference can get around that. despite the fact that she's well into the hiring process??? which being totally irrelevant to her is completely understandable. Or she waits until she has the job offer in hand before…
12 posts, 16.Dec.2014
Having insurance pay for vitamins
Hi,I don't want to pay a higher premium because the TK pays for that nonsense. In Germany people get enough vitamins.Well, there are chronic diseases like Crohn's that may render your body unable to digest some vitamins effectively, especially A D E and K. In that case the Health insurance might pay for…
38 posts, 15.Dec.2014
Car rental in USA - price comparison
Despite it's name Autoeurope provides good comparisons for US hire, and is in English. Billiger-Mietwagen generally gets better prices and is very flexible to tailor for your actual needs including insurance cover without deductibles, but it's in German (if that's a problem for you. An advantage of…
15 posts, 15.Dec.2014
Minimum standard for Kurzgutachten on house value
I don't quite get the problem: if you think the Gutachten is too superficial, surely you could get someone else to do an assessment. Presumably you have to pay for this assessment. As long as the company is reputable, I would guess the jobcenter will accept it. And as long as the value given in the assessment…
7 posts, 15.Dec.2014
O2 keeps billing me after Kundigung
12 posts, 15.Dec.2014
Translate Dryer Instructions
Hi poohsan I wouldn't do that if I were you. According to the Tech Data I've been reading it'd be consuming the highest Kw/h amounts in those circumstances. Sorry, but there's too much ackbarsewardness in that google translation for me to try editing it now. RedMidge is right anyway, but…
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