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About Dubya

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  • Location Schwabing, Munich
  • Nationality Netherlands
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  • Year of birth 1980

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  1. Finding a house in Mannheim

      How are you responding to the advertisements? I highly recommend you do so in German and add a (German) telephone number you can be reached at. If a telephone number is listed with the advertisement, call them, preferentially in German. In case you submit an actual application to the apartment, approach it like you would a job application. 
  2. Working in Switzerland living in Germany

    I shall clarify this: the employer is responsible to make the correct social security contribution. In the case of >25% home office in Germany, they’d have to pay German social security (but not Swiss). So the employer won’t allow it. 
  3. Working in Switzerland living in Germany

      This adds complications. An employee on a G-permit that does home office >25%, will have to pay social securities in the home country, and  has potential insurance liabilities. Additionally she would have to pay some double tax for the days worked from home. 
  4. Microwave potato chips

    Has anybody ever tried this with potato peels (in oven, not microwave)? I have seen the recommendation in a no-waste infomercial and this post reminded me of that... Haven't tried yet myself, but I am intrigued.
  5. Strafbefehl (leaving the scene of an accident)

    I fully agree with @Acton. Even if the lawyer can only explain to you clearly what you are actually facing and can expect going forward, it’s already useful. Again I suggest to call a lawyer Monday AM, because time is not on your side. The lawyer will also tell you if there still is time to appeal, despite the January 10 letter and the fact you’ve already turned in your license...   You’ve asked about my experience before. I have been blamed of “Fahrerflucht” myself. I had tapped a car while parking. I got out, checked my own + other vehicle extremely well, there was no damage. I remained parked where I was for the next two days, and heard nothing. The other car even left, but I didn’t see the owner leave to talk to them. I later got a letter from the police because some old lady had taken pictures of me. I went to the police with my car, and they even gave me a statement that the reported damages on the other car were extremely unlikely to be caused by my car (wrong height/color etc.), but some eager courthouse employee still slapped me with a huge fine. I appealed and in the end I had to transfer a much lower amount of money to UNICEF. I did have to pay the damages, because I couldn’t prove it wasn’t me. I felt scammed, but it was a lesson... next time I’ll call the police no matter what.    TL;DR: call a lawyer on Monday. They are professionals and can answer all your questions at the first consult. 
  6. Strafbefehl (leaving the scene of an accident)

    You already turned in your license?! Then why do you even consider going for a lawyer? You’ve already accepted the penalty now... Asking a lawyer for advice for such a hefty fine would have made a lot of sense.    Also, if you blow a 0.13 more than an hour after a single beer, you should really put yourself on a zero tolerance policy...
  7. New skier in Munich - Garmisch

    Many good tips here already on resorts, completely agree on heading for Austria or the Dolomites if you can. I’m sure there will be tons of student-organized trips as well, that should be cheap and easy.   Regarding buying, have a look at the shops in Munich, Sportscheck for example, and get advice on what type of ski makes sense for you (on/off slope, speed, carve etc.). Then rent the same skis at the resort , if you like them, buy it after the season at Sportscheck (or buy the previous year’s model); normally they have massive discounts.    Of of course you can check multiple skis in a day at a rental shop, but that’s a huge hassle: you have to go down to the shop, wait to exchange, fit them to your boots etc. That would be too much of a waste of time for me...
  8. 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... 
  9. Family friendly neighborhoods in Munich

    Another area - not Munich proper, but close - would be Unterföhring. A colleague of mine moved there, because it’s family friendly, and childcare is free in this “Gemeinde”. This was a few years ago, at which time it was a unique selling point for the place. Truth be told, I don’t like Unterföhring very much, but it does tick some of your requirements, also in terms of distance to Nordfriedhof. My colleague (he is American), loves it there as it resembles suburbia. 
  10. Berlin to get a Tesla Gigafactory

    @MikeMelga, serious question, how do you arrive at a savings of 2000 EUR / year? That seems awfully high, I’d like to know the basis/assumptions of that calculation. What type of car needs >10k in repairs over 5 years? 
  11. Problem with Nebenkosten after moving out

    As I said before, the correct total amount could have easily been deduced, so that how the determination of the calculation mistake is determined. Anybody with the slightest clue of renting an apartment would now that total rent = "kaltmiete" + "nebenkosten"; and not "kaltmiete" + "nebenkosten" - 10. So because the owner was spelling out the separate costs in the contract, the mistake is obvious: The true part describes the subject matter with sufficient certainty, therefore, the untrue part will be rejected or ignored.    I realize this is not what you want to hear, so here is a more desirable answer just for you: Of course you should keep the money that isn't yours. You have every right to keep it and you shall get a lawyer to keep your 120 euros, after all it is so difficult to deal with this while you are not in Germany. Please do let us know how it goes.
  12. Problem with Nebenkosten after moving out

    It's an obvious calculation-error (or typo), and the correct total amount could have easily been deduced. You have no grounds to fight this and you are liable to pay. Obviously this is assuming that the "Nebenkosten" were an all-inclusive deal ("Pauschal"), if it was only a pre-payment, the whole argument is irrelevant, because you would only pay what you use. It is not so difficult to pay a bill in Germany, even if you are not local. 
  13. Salary per month for family

    I think this document answers your question(s):   https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/11a_germany_family_reunification_en_final.pdf   I understand you would need: Rent ("cold rent") + insurance for your family + 2*364 + 2*237 = 1202 euros (from Table 3; page 34).    Clearly this is not possible with the income you have been offered. The document also outlines the minimum requirements for space, for which you don't have to count your youngest child if <2yo, so quite a small apartment would suffice to meet the requirements, but as stated would be very uncomfortable. I think your family member needs to double the offer to get you in the vicinity of where you need to be in terms of income, or at least add 50%.      Just out of curiosity, what is the main motivator to even start considering such a move?