Eupathic Impulse

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  1.   Toronto is in danger of becoming like SF/Bay area -- which is totally unlivable if you aren't already securely rooted there, it's a struggle even if you make a six figure salary.  I also remember the New York "poor doors" in new buildings, for the part of the building that is merely for the highly-paid professionals, instead of the investment bankers who have access to the gym and rooftop pool.  I took a steep pay cut by not returning to the USA after crossing the ocean as I had planned to do, but I don't really regret it.  Even in the expensive German cities, it is despite everything still possible for someone with a decent education to live somewhat like a human.
  2.   Pfff.  Many US tenants are on month-to-month leases, which is what they usually lapse into after about a year or so.  The rules vary from state to state.  Often, month-to-month tenants have no protection from termination when the property is sold regardless of length of tenure.  There may have to be an eviction proceeding, but most contesting tenants will eventually lose.  In Germany, a tenant with long tenure is comparatively better-protected with a cooling off period and specific Eigenbedarf justifications for eviction by a new landlord.
  3.   OK, I wasn't sure how long I would stay on this side of the Atlantic, originally it was supposed to be for a few months only but you know how these things go...   My suspicion is that even among anglophone immigrants to Germany, the overwhelming majority at least start out renting even if they can afford to buy, and very few have the money to put down right away on a property in any case. But TT's regular population is disproportionately weighted towards property-owners (meaning still majority renters, but much more owners than usual).
  4.   Some provinces of Canada have better protections than many US states.  Decades ago, I had friends in Toronto who lived in a student house owned by a notorious slumlady.  They had two years of hilariously dragging her before the Ontario rental tribunal where she lost every time.  However, it didn't make a whole lot of difference, the roof still leaked everywhere, she would rather suffer a rent reduction than do any repairs whatsoever...   I successfully threatened an annoying landlord with the Mieterverein for years until they started to behave.   Mold is a very special category of rental nightmares that only seems to happen that way in Germany.  When I moved to Germany, I didn't realize how much moldfighting was just taken for granted as a part of daily life...
  5.   Lo and behold: I also lived in the USA and rented in many US cities.  Tenants don't just want "something to buy", like a hoodie or a vase, they want a roof over their heads where they can live a healthy life and be close to the things they need to get to, like work, groceries, family.  Landlords don't just have "something to sell", rather they sit on one of the principle means of life and the key to avoiding homelessness for many.  Buyer and seller have opposite interests (the buyer wants the most for the least, and the seller vice versa).  Landlords and tenants have opposite interests for exactly that reason.  This relationship cannot be mutual, you are deluding yourself.   In many places of the USA, even the sale of a property from one landlord to another does not oblige the following landlord to honour the rental contracts, there is no permanent tenure.  There is almost no protection for the tenant's right to have a place to live.  There is little enforcible protection against numerous forms of landlord exploitation. There's no Mieterverein, because there is precious little you can threaten a landlord with.
  6. I'm sure there are bad tenants (I know there are), but at a society-wide level, the power imbalance between landlord and tenant is huge. The landlord, even a small-time one, by definition has a surplus of resources relative to the tenant.  The law needs to protect landlords against damaging abuse of the property (narrowly construed) and chronic non-payment of the agreed rent. That's it, at most.
  7.   I think it's great! The interests of landlords are necessarily opposite to the interests of tenants.  In places where there are not tenants associations with teeth, what it usually means is that the tenants have no protection, not that there is no adversarial relationship.  It's that tenants must acquiesce to every landlord demand.
  8.   I'm curious, how many people bought property as soon as they moved to Germany?
  9. These are the first three things I tell anyone moving to Germany:   1. join the Mieterverein 2. join the Mieterverein 3. join the Mieterverein   I did that within a few weeks and have saved thousands of Euros with a small annual payment.
  10. Toytown website improvements/suggestions

    Wait what, there are still people who care about their internet points? In this day and age?
  11. Police brutality in the USA

    Expat Karens be karening.