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  2. Germany the most innovative nation?

    I don't read much into it.  Change the criteria and you have a different winner.   In one of those studies done which "proves" something, but in reality says nothing.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Sorry @Wulfrun, but you are wrong with the passport.  Here is the updated one.    
  4. All I understand about it is that it´s a mess. You may be charged on fictitious profits you never had. Maybe @PandaMunich can explain?
  5. Should we believe this? If it´s the true how does it come that small Israel has more start-up IPOs at Wall Street than Germany? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-18/germany-breaks-korea-s-six-year-streak-as-most-innovative-nation
  6. Today
  7. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

      It wouldn't fly here even with 3 months notice.  The tenant is free to give notice to move out but the landlord needs a reason. Same as a job. An employee can quit but an employer can't give notice without a reason.  
  8. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

    I do have Haftpflicht, however I think the landlord wanted me to have something else on top of this which I won't be doing. There isn't much in the way of damage, it was a totally unfurnished flat when we moved in, but over five and a bit years there has been a bit of wear and tear and I would happily have given up some of the deposit for this, but not nearly two grand's worth.   I will indeed go to the Mieterverein and see what they say though. The landlord is coming to view the apartment again at the beginning of March once all our stuff is out to give us his assessment, however he never saw the flat originally when empty (he started to claim some of the things might have already been there but fortunately I have photos of the place empty when we originally moved in) so I'm not sure what he will be assessing against...   I guess I will cough up the rent in the meantime as I don't really get anything from withholding it except probably more trouble.     To be fair I don't think he intended to kick us out the following day, but to give us the three months termination that was agreed in the contract from both sides. Not sure if that makes a difference, but I guess it doesn't really matter now anyway.
  9. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

    You can definitely join the Mieterverein now and they will advise you and maybe help you write letters but not help you take it to court because you didn't join beforehand.   If you hadn't signed a new agreement, your current landlord would have had to make good on the old one. Now that you have a new agreement, that's the one that counts.    Maybe your recourse would be to go after the old landlord for the deposit. He can then go after the current if he has proof that the deposit changed hands. It's also possible that you can go after the current landlord based on that he took over the old agreement while the new one was made later and hence if he took over a contract with a deposit and later made you a new one with no deposit he must have given you the deposit back and should prove that he did. Talk to the Mieterverein about this.   As for insurance I guess he may be talking Haftpflicht which you absolutely should have if you live in Germany. It covers damage you make to a 3rd party property. Say you dropped something heavy in the sink or tub and chipped or cracked it, the landlord can go after your insurance instead of you. For normal wear and tear he can't. You should definitely get it if you don't have it but you shouldn't own up to any damage you didn't do.   As for renovating the apartment, some of the clauses in rental contracts are not legal so get it looked at by the Mieterverein and have them tell you what you need to do.   Your landlord could never have moved you out in order to rent to refugees. In Germany as long as you pay rent the only reason you can be kicked out is Eigenbedarf which is the landlord needs it for himself or close family. Even then you can fight it. In such a case, if you move and the landlord or his close family don't move in, you can sue them for your moving costs.    
  10. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

    Yes, tell your German wife to take the two contracts to the Mieterverein as soon as possible. They can advice on most of the questions, except for her prejudice against Turkish landlords... 
  11. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

    Hello everyone,   I was wondering if I could try and get some advice/ideas from the community regarding an issue I'm having with my deposit on a flat I've been renting in Bavaria.   We have recently told the landlord we plan to move out, giving him the agreed three months notice and we will be gone by the end of March. In the meantime I still will pay two months rent (totalling 1,700 Euros).   We recently met with the landlord to discuss moving out and that is when our problem started. When we first moved in over five years ago the apartment was owned by someone else, and he was our landlord. About eighteen months into living there the old landlord sold the apartment to the current landlord and he took over our tenancy and raised the rent by fifty Euros which we agreed to.   When this changeover occurred we signed a new tenancy agreement with the current landlord. I have copies of both the agreements for the two landlords still. The first one mentions the 1,950 Euro deposit we handed over to the original landlord, unfortunately the second one does not. At the time we mentioned this to the current landlord and he told us he had the deposit now and would give it back to us when we eventually moved out and we took him at his word (stupidly). Unfortunately we never got anything in writing about this which is certainly our mistake, (I think because we were just relieved that we were staying there as the new landlord had initially told us that his plan was to move us out and try and offer the flat to the government for refugee housing).   Anyway now the current landlord is telling us he never received the deposit from the previous landlord and as far as he is concerned we never paid him a deposit. Our original contract with the first landlord mentions the deposit however. Our current landlord wants us to take out some sort of insurance so that when we move out he can claim against our insurance for repairs that he wants to make (which I am pretty sure is insurance fraud). In addition he still expects that we paint and restore everything (as agreed in the contract admittedly) even though he has no intention of giving any of our deposit back. So not only will it cost me my 1,950 Euros but also all the time and money to put the apartment back to ship shape.   So I was wondering what you think my options are. I have been trawling the other posts on Toytown and I can see that I am not the only one to have landlord issues. I did find one post where someone mentioned that a new landlord is bound to the terms and conditions of the original contract, but I can't find it anymore.Is that true? A few other things of note;   - I am pretty sure none of our rental agreements are above board. The contracts have just been made up by the landlords themselves and we never put the deposit into a third party bank account like you have to do in the UK (and from reading other Toytown posts about this it seems like this should also be the case in Germany?) - The second landlord originally wanted to evict us to try and rent the flat to the government but I am quite sure that the reason that this didn't happen is because the apartment failed the inspection for housing (it's a great apartment but there are definitely multiple shortcuts in the construction, it was previously burned down and I think rebuilt on the shady side). - Both of the landlords are Turkish, I didn't know that this was/is an issue, but my German wife seems terrified of this fact and seems to think this is reason alone to let the (my) 1,950 Euros go. - Our current landlord says the old landlord is in the wind and cannot be contacted. I have found him on Facebook however and sent him a message asking if he ever transferred the deposit over, but so far no reply.   I am not a member of the Mieterverein (I had never heard of the Mieterverein until I started to read all the other posts here) either. Can I still contact them for assistance?   Once again any help/advice is greatly appreciated.   Thanks!  
  12. Parking tickets received outside Germany

    We got a parking ticket on our German car in Stockholm as well last year. They said we entered the incorrect number plate into the machine. The problem exactly? We entered a - between the B and the rest because they had no space bar. We had an email exchange with them. They accepted we had paid but said we still have to pay the fine. We chuckled and said let's wait for a letter in the post. It never came. 
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  14. Brexit: The fallout

    you are sick... I will cal "Bella tomorrow...   maybe we can get you some help... 
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Not as much of that filth as you old chap. Just a casual observer.   "Pappy warum is that box of tissues by your bed?"
  16. Brexit: The fallout

    You seen to know alot about porno channels..
  17. Brexit: The fallout

      You're in here late. What about toddling off to Youporn...   "Czech Street Girls will do ANYTHING for money!" channel.
  18. Brexit: The fallout

    Fuck me... The Trolls are out in force tonight!
  19. Brexit: The fallout

    Who does this remind you of, Hellfire?      
  20. Brexit: The fallout

      They have to move for the refurbishments.   And Mr. Cleverly is using this as an opportunity to talk rubbish.    
  21. What made you laugh today?

    😂 I really love this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl4ufIrMtXg
  22. Brexit: The fallout

    Plans for Lords Its got nowth to do with the renovation or  some EU Parlament moans  Just on of Boris specials.
  23. Brexit: The fallout

      Booong! You rang?    
  24. I saw 102 on the website which is cattycorner across the street from me. Did you find it?   Yes. Small apartments with balconies covered in black mold.   I'm out of town now.
  25. And when it begins making profits?
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