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  1. Raising kids as vegetarians in Germany

        This ideal situation of 550 pounds / acre translates to 5,5 sqm of pasture to obtain 200 grams of meat (not all of those meat grams being steak-grade)   Calculation using these conversions:   1 acre  = 4,047 sqm 1 pound = 456 grams Cattles meat/total body weight ratio = 60% 
  2. Why do you invest in property??

    If she's a freelancer, then no. I am in the same boat and I know my income might dry up from one day to the next. I absolutely agree with you that it's a lot of money not to be saving, especially considering that one's income as a freelancer is potentially volatile and she has a pretty steep rent to pay. Freelancers should also keep 3-6 months' worth of income saved up to be prepared for a rainy day.
  3. Why do you invest in property??

      She called it "average" and "net", so I am assuming that this takes into account the months in which she has little or no income, and that this is take-home pay after, taxes, health insurance and social deductions (if any). That's a fantastic net income, especially for Berlin.
  4. Why do you invest in property??

      I've bought two properties since I moved to Germany almost 17 years ago. I am not, nor I have ever been extremely wealthy. The way most people do it is by first saving money over several years and then using those savings as a deposit for their first property. If your net monthly income is 8,000 euros a month and your rent is 2,000 euros a month, the question that's begging to be asked is "how do you spend 6,000 euros a month?". I am assuming that's your monthly expenditure since you don't have any savings.   So, the typical thing for someone like you to do would be to save money first, in order to have at least 10-20% of the property value, and then start thinking about buying.    You are planning to become an investor, even though you have no money to invest. That can sometimes work (when you borrow the money to invest) but it's an odd plan to have, and can easily go south is, for example, property prices or rental incomes go down.    
  5. Work permission when moving accommodation

    Indeed! I suspect that when the shit hits the fan, whoever is behind is just going to take the money and run.
  6. Why do you invest in property??

      NE = "Niederlassungserlaubnis".   It's roughly equivalent to what a "green card" in the US is, or what the UK calls "indefinite leave to remain."
  7. Work permission when moving accommodation

      I don't think it's legal. The argument of is that because the renter is contracting a habitable space and there's a rental agreement the lessee is entitled to register himself there. The truth is, that both details are irrelevant. You must register where you live, rental agreements are unnecessary, and you can't just register somewhere because you could live there even though you don't and you paid money for it.   Still, I think this was a good find @bramble and it could be a temporary solution for the OP (with the emphasis on "temporary" because it's definitely not overboard). At any rate, if the authorities catch up with this, the lesser is going to be in a lot more trouble than the lessee, although it's unlike that it'd come to that. If you dig into the "Impressum", it becomes apparent that someone in Oslo, who wishes to remain anonymous, is behind this.
  8. Work permission when moving accommodation

      I can second that. My better half, who actually lives in Brexit Island, gave his German bank my address including c/o Smaug the Magnificient and they happily send his post here. I could, of course, put his name on my mailbox but I just haven't bothered yet.   For anyone who's curious, the bank claimed that online banking cannot work with my better half living in England because: They can't accept a UK mobile number to send TANs to, and They can't send TANs to his German mobile number because their system won't send the SMS as soon as it detects that the mobile is in England.  He had to give them a German address to make them shut up.
  9. I've just posted a silly photo

    I can't wait for the Aussie flu epidemic to be over.
  10. Work permission when moving accommodation

      How about putting an apartment number (e.g. Wh. 6) or something like "2. Etage links" on the postbox and entering those details every time you give out your address? For example:   R. Halford Wohnung 2. Etage links 1234 Zuckerhut Gasse 00000 München   And you put "Wohnung 2. Etage links" on the postbox, but not your name. I don't know if the postman would actually deliver. Does anybody know?
  11. Potentially defective doors in new flat

    According to this link from Bau-Welt magazine the standard warranty is 5 years. However, they point out that if a shorter warranty period has been contractually agreed, this would apply ("Unterschreibt man jedoch einen Vertrag mit explizit verkürzter Gewährleistung, gilt diese individuell vereinbarte Frist").   Maybe that's what they mean by "... gemäß Kaufvertrag Ziff. XIX ...". Can you post here what that paragraph says?
  12. What made you groan today?

      I suppose it works the same in Germany. I can't imagine DB personnel pulling a United Airlines on passengers occupying someone else's spot. 
  13. What made you groan today?

    I would think that enforcing a prohibition for men to park in certain spots would be illegal as it would constitute sexual discrimination. My take is that Frauenparkplätze are just a suggestion and there's nothing stopping a man from using them. Eltern/Kind Parkplätze are different, as German law not only allows but encourages positive discrimination for families (cf. article 6 of the constitution) so I suppose that singles or childless people could potentially be fined for misusing them.
  14. Why do you invest in property??

      This has the advantage that, as far as most of the furnishings are provided by you, you have the right to give notice to a tenant for no particular reason (for example because you just don't fancy living with them any more). 
  15. Why do you invest in property??

      Just to clarify, THM means that there is no capital gains tax to be paid on the sale of a property that's been held for at least 10 years.  Don't interpret this to mean that rental income is tax free after 10 years!
  16. Why do you invest in property??

    I am an incidental landlord, like lisa13. I moved and I felt nostalgic about selling my old flat (although it was on the market for a while), so I decided to keep it and let it. If it becomes too much of a pain in the ass, I'll either leave it empty when the next lot of tenants moves out or sell it.   I don't see myself as a buy-to-let person. It doesn't suit me, but it can be the right thing to do for someone who has some seed money, enjoys renovating properties and is a good decorator.
  17. Free English novels

      Say it proud and clear, girl!  
  18. Official Consumer Complaints Bureau in Germany?

    I don't know about an equivalent of the BBB in Germany. I don't think that exists.   There are loads of users with similar complaints to yours floating about the internet. Although you have the right to cancel your membership within 14 days, EP reserves the right to charge you for messages send and received, checking your profile, putting it online and whatever else it is they do. So, what they do after a cancellation is send you an itemized invoice.   On the one hand, it seems reasonable that EP protects itself from everyone potentially using its services and then cancelling within the statutory 14 days within paying anything, but on the other hand, what they charge in case of a "widerruf" seems positively abusive.   Do your read German? The Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg reports that consumers have successfully recovered fees and legal costs from EP and Parship through the courts. You might want to threaten them with taking them to court yourself at their expense (reference the existent legal precedents listed in the links so they take you seriously). At the very least, they are likely to back off, even if you don't follow through on your threat.
  19.   Your concern is legitimate, but unless you are seeking to rent a property that no one else wants no landlord is going to accommodate your request.
  20. I never have, and I surmise only identification and proof of ownership would be reasonable to request. Details such as landlord's Schufa report or income information strike as completely irrelevant: tenant-landlord disputes are not going to be reflected in the landlord's credit record.   I am a landlord and no prospective tenant has ever asked me for any documentation. Sometimes applicants have asked me if I owned the property, but never asked for proof. To be honest, I'd just ignore any punter handing me a list of documents to supply: the only thing I'd do is showing them my ID; I think everyone is entitled to be certain of whom they are doing business with.
  21. 46inch Samsung Smart TV

      That's seriously cool!
  22. Makler's provision when he sells his own house?

    Do you also end up paying more tax?
  23. Zermatt tourists get helicopter evacuations

    I feel terrible about all those rich Russian oligarchs and their girlfriends stuck in luxury resorts and with a 3-minute, 60 euro chopper ride as their only way out!