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  1. 500k Fines for Untenanted Flat in Berlin?

    My post was to point out a legal, risk free way to keep control of one's own property, for those for whom this is important and who dislike risk and worry.  No moral judgements were made either way.  
  2. 500k Fines for Untenanted Flat in Berlin?

      However, this would surely be the only completely legal, risk-free way of having the use of your own (second) property for your personal use without any obligation to let it? Using a handy family member or friend to register where they don't actually live is illegal and subject to hefty fines. The 15% tax would be, as I understand it, based on the cold rental value (obtained from the local Mietspiegel if the property has not been previously let). So, say the rental was 500 pm, that would lead to a tax of 75 pm. Price of a clear conscience?!
  3. 500k Fines for Untenanted Flat in Berlin?

    Couldn't the owner of a property who doesn't want to let it, simply register it as a Zweit- or  Nebenwohnung (second home) and pay the Zweitwohnungssteuer?
  4. 500k Fines for Untenanted Flat in Berlin?

    Here are various links to articles on this issue: https://www.berliner-mieterverein.de/recht/infoblaetter/info-115-zweckentfremdung-von-wohnraum-zweckentfremdungsverbot-gesetz.htm   https://www.rbb24.de/politik/beitrag/2018/03/berlin-zweckentfremdungsverbot-ferienwohnungen-betreutes-wohnen-leerstand.html   https://www.immobilienscout24.de/eigentuemer/news/2018/1/neuerungen-im-zweckentfremdungsverbot-untervermietung-an-touristen.html   Hmm... I wasn't aware of this either. - I wonder how they could prove that a property was left empty for speculative purposes, or is simply 3 months without an occupier sufficient "proof" of this intention? - Do they go after owners of just one flat, or are they mainly interested in the ones that leave whole blocks empty for long periods of time? - In all the articles above they refer to the obligations of the Vermieter (landlord). Does one automatically become a "landlord" just by the fact of owning a property? - I came across what seems to be an anomaly, in that a tenant may leave their flat unoccupied for indefinite amounts of time, as long as they meet their rental and maintenance obligations.      
  5.   But thousands of us were denied a voice, having been out of the UK > fifteen years.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    "I am unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions."   Um, but isn't that what your lot's "negotiating approach" has been based on all along? Trying to force the EU into accepting your cherry-picking demands for concessions?    A sickening, unprincipled crew the lot of them. All they want is to keep their well-fed bums on their well-paid seats.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Soft is the new hard.   Or the other way round? Search me.
  8. Foreign high school equivalency

      The course at BTU is a highly respected BA in music pedagogy rather than pure performance, although the performance component of course is of a very high standard. I know someone who is working like a slave to prepare a series of finals recitals, and she's already a practising teacher. Two of my excellent instrument teachers were graduates.  I know three orchestral musicians who have taught there. And yes, it is a Fachhochschule degree, and so the entrance requirements are either Abi or Fachhochschulreife. Maybe this could be an advantage to the OP? Maybe his high school cert. may meet the slightly less stringent requirements for that? Good luck!
  9. Is there a word for 'Fragenkomplex'

    As I understand it, a Fragenkomplex is a group of thematically related questions about particular aspects of a bigger subject. So in English we might have Subject Themes, topics   Would something like thematic questions work? Related questions? Or just themes?
  10. Why Berlin? The Positives.

    Jaywalking is not at all uncommon, though not at the national sport level of say, London. People only rant at you if you do it in front of children, rightly.   I view the Litttle Red Man as a chance for a few moments of calm and tranquillity. Quite liberating. "What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare." Wm. Henry Davies.
  11. Best TV Opening Theme ever?

    Now look what you've done! I'll be up half the night wallowing in nostalgia with YouTube! Nothing like a good theme tune to transport you back to times and places past - black and white telly, doing homework in front of the box, adolescent fantasies, bringing up the kiddies... Rawhide, playing cowboys and indians with the little boy upstairs who had a proper fort. Steptoe and Son somehow inextricably associates with beans on toast. Z Cars (Age about nine, my best friend and I made a detective club with its own song to that theme, and used to shadow suspicious- looking types round the streets of Clapham, entering coded noes in little Woolies notebooks. Present parental self shudders at the thought!) Hawaii 5 0 of course, Jack Lord was my first crush. All Creatures Great and Small - innocent times ...
  12. Why are you happy today?

    The lilacs are in bloom, the nightingales are back and singing at top voice in the garden. Heavenly time of the year! 
  13. Letter from Deutsche Rentenversicherung

    It's not entirely bureaucratic uselessness for once. Basically, it's to do with crediting you for periods of time when you may not have been contributing from the age of 17, because of being at school, studying, raising kids, caring for somebody or whatever. It may be to your advantage to find the info to the best of your abilty. (Depending on mutual social security arrangements as Englechen said.) https://www.deutsche-rentenversicherung.de/cae/servlet/contentblob/232688/publicationFile/52920/rente_jeder_monat_zaehlt.pdf see page 19.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      Lemmings come to mind. Each waving a weeny Union Jack.
  15. I remember being very puzzled the first time I watched a Swiss programme and it had subtitles - I "understood" as much of it as I did normal German!