Smaug

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  • Location Frankfurt am Main
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  1. What do foreigners like about Britain?

    I love the parks and all the free museums in London.
  2. More keyboard problems

      Those keys are meant to act as a virtual number pad. The reason you are getting numbers instead of letters is because "Number Lock" is on. To toggle between on and off press the Fn + Number Lock keys at the same time.    
  3. Nebenwohnsitz

      Not really. That only applies to employees who are temporarily seconded to Germany. They only become tax resident in Germany if they exceed the 183 day threshold.   You are a resident in Germany simply by having a dwelling in Germany that's available to you. Of course, that doesn't mean that you are a "tax resident"  in Germany. When you are a resident in more than one country, the double taxation agreement between those countries determine what taxes you pay where.   The OP would be considered to be a tax resident in the country "with which his personal and economic relations are closer (centre of vital interests)". If he has a flat both in the UK and in Germany, his work is in the UK, his girlfriend is in Germany and he spends a lot of time in both places, this can be hard to determine. See article 4 of the double taxation agreement. In any case, if the German authorities know he's in Berlin, their default assumption will be that he is a tax resident in Germany. I have no idea how easy or how difficult it would be to convince the Germany authorities of the opposite, but I wouldn't want to have to try.   If the OP works as a musician in the UK, his income there will be generally taxable in the UK according to articles 7, 14 and 16 the DTA between Germany and the UK.   My advice to the OP is that he stay in the UK and just visits his girlfriend for brief periods (less than 90 days, which is the longest an EU tourist is meant to stay in another EU country).         
  4. Nebenwohnsitz

      Yes, as @snowingagain says, just visit a lot as a tourist.   It's inadvisable that you rent the apartment with your partner. Paper-trail and all that...
  5. Sequence of events in a Mahnverfahren

        I know this isn't exactly what you are asking but to me it's quite simple. Either B lets the matter slide or she doesn't. Her course of action will depend on variables like the amount at stake, the ease with which she feels she can find another buyer, how pissed off she's at you for reneging on your commitment, and whatever else I can't think of right now.   Judging simply by its cover, B is the right and you are in the wrong, so if B wants to get nasty, it looks like she can really make it very difficult for you to squiggle out of this one.
  6. Restaurant helper

      You don't really know whom you are sending your private information to.
  7. I've just posted a silly photo

    Does the manor behind you have a loo? It's a bit pressing.
  8. O2 reducing DSL speed

      Yes, but there's a court decision somewhere that states that the "up to" and the real speed can only diverge so much.
  9. O2 reducing DSL speed

    I am just going to share a similar experience with a different provider. The also sent me a letter, but this one said that they were going to increase the speed and also increase the price, and I had to sign a new contract. If I didn't agree, they'd cancel the contract. I told them I didn't need more speed and I wasn't signing a new contract. They replied that it was "impossible" to keep me on my current speed and on the old contract. I told them, "fine, then cancel the contract". This was about two years ago and they never gave me notice; I just stayed with the same contract, and the old, cheaper price. I have no idea if they increased the speed. I don't care. My connection is far faster than I need it to be.   I am not saying O2 is going to behave the same way. I am just saying that telecoms don't always tell the truth, and if you dig your heels they might relent.   What's the notice period on your contract? You might just want to wait and see if the really give you notice.
  10. Naturalization for non-working person

    There is no requirement to work for 5 years. Maybe she doesn't have an indefinite residence permit and she's required to prove 60 monthly contributions to the German state pension?
  11. German Capital Gains Tax on Overseas Property

      I don't know the answers to your other questions but I can tell you that rental income in other EU countries neither gets taxed in German nor affects your tax rate as a German resident. You don't even mention that income in your German tax return. Once the UK leaves the EU, presumably that income still won't be taxed in Germany, but you'll have to declare it and it'll raise your German income tax rate. Of course, this only matters if you actually have taxable income in Germany.
  12. Returning to Germany

      I can imagine how hard that is. I wish you a swift resolution of the problem.   Maybe you'll find some solace with audiobooks in the meantime? You can get them for free at the library.
  13. I have a hochparterre in Frankfurt. It's less desirable than the higher floors. It's altbau  and for one thing it has the disadvantage that the floor is freezing cold in the winter as the chill from the drafty basement seeps into my flat. It's very hard (i.e. expensive) to heat in the winter. It's also darker than the floors above--it just gets a sliver of sunshine in the summer for about 10 minutes. I let the flat now and I don't have trouble letting it, but I know it's less desirable because it's a ground floor. One potential tenant once turned it down because she was concerned for her safety on account of someone potentially entering the flat while she was inside if any of the windows were open. I feel it's a valid concern.
  14. Returning to Germany

      Why wait? Just do it now.