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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. 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... 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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? 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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?
  7. Lost driving licence

    Are you still registered in Hungary? If this is the case, you may have been able to get the licence there, but as pointed out above, the German authorities are not be satisfied with that... (You should be getting your licence in the place where you spend at least 185 days.)   In principle, you can go apply for the German licence here in Germany. The people there will let you know if you need any further paperwork from Hungary or if they can request it from the database themselves. Because you got the Hungarian drivers licence while you were actually resident in Germany at the time of issue, this may lead to problems, because this makes your licence invalid in Germany ("Wohnsitzverstoß"). It may not lead to problems, and you may be getting away with it, but that doesn't make your Hungarian licence more valid...   Even if you go back to Hungary and get a replacement licence, it will still be invalid in Germany. I am very sorry for you, but the people above are right.     In your quoted text above, the bold part is the important part:   "A driver’s licence acquired and issued in such a country will still be valid, if the holder registers a new place of residence in Germany as per German law."   This is not the case for you, as you were already residing in Germany when you were getting the licence. 
  8. How to separate and maybe divorce

    They would be going back to where they came from, wouldn't they...    I'm with @Krieg here, but I doubt you are trolling.
  9. How to separate and maybe divorce

      How is an exit control in the US relevant to taking a child out of Germany (with the intent to stay away for a long time), without consent of the parent? If anything, the American State Department is acknowledging that they will not be able to prevent an abduction, due to lack of controls... I for one am grateful that people are watching out for such a possibility elsewhere (e.g. in Germany, most relevant to this case). As mentioned before, if the intentions are good, getting the form/letter is easy enough and should be a no-brainer.    I don't understand why it is so hard to admit you aren't right in this case, typically a trait attributed to Germans on this forum...
  10. How to separate and maybe divorce

    You are wrong and extremely stubborn; despite not having any first hand knowledge... The recommendation to have such a letter is not a German thing either, as pointed out by many. So stop confusing people here by claiming such a letter may not be needed, as not having one may prevent you from being able to travel. Not that it’s any of your business, but I’ve been asked for it for travel between Switzerland and the Netherlands, and my sister has had to show it many times between Italy and the Netherlands. 
  11. Balcony renovation expenses

      In the very small sampling of the few posts above we see that not everybody pays for the lift, so I doubt it is the overwhelming majority. It also seems you have been surprised with unforeseen lift-costs, so I’d agree it was unnecessary to “say shit like that”.    Now to stay on topic for a change, I’m with the OP that it is very surprising to have to pay for balconies others have exclusive access to. El Jeffo pointed out the relevant laws dealing with it, and I’m glad I learned something. Too late to do anything about it for the OP, but good to know if you’re looking to buy and would like to be informed on possible costs that come your way!   In general, would it be possible to change the “Teilungserklärung” if agreement could be reached with the other home owners? That could avoid costs in the future.   
  12. I’ve made a pretty neutral post in answer to your original post, and you answer in a passive aggressive way, to other posters you’ve simply been a dick. To top it off you post:   “...what I have noticed is that when I tell someone that I am American, people here are so prejudice that they instantly judge you. Instead of trying to meet "me" they have this "me" already created based off of their own delusional prejudices.”   it is exactly what you do (did). Good luck. 
  13. It is nice to read that you already realize that you have quite a bit to be grateful for: you got into a good university, were able to secure various paid research assistant jobs, got to move around to various towns/cities, you have good and affordable health care...   Now imagine how hard it would be for a foreigner to achieve something similar in the US... It is do-able, but very difficult to secure a position, visa etc. In addition they make you take silly GRE exams, give you "homework" even as part of a Ph.D.-program (talk about being back in sixth grade...)   Point being, navigating the system as a foreigner is difficult, because you view things from a different perspective. This may be part of the reward once you succeed, but while you are struggling with the differences it simply sucks. Keep in mind though that those "unfriendly, arrogant, passive aggressive, racist, prejudice and grumpy" Germans are the same ones that enrolled you in University, offered you research assistant jobs, pay tax to keep things affordable for students etc.   My advice: count your blessings, keep an optimistic open view, and press on; two years can fly by with the right attitude.
  14. Speeding tickets and fines

    I understand this to mean that you have the right to prove that the rental agency didn’t have any damages/costs (or substantially less costs as the fee). Don’t know how you would prove that...
  15. About the employment situation in the city

    Some guy in Berlin asks a question about getting a job at McD and all of a sudden we have a pissing contest between some ITers...