ray aston

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  1. Thanks for your posts, Feierabend and Yorkeau. The problem with us ex-pats is, we don't understand the laws, or the rules, here, until we have to. And, by then, it's too f....g late! If you read the other posts, I'll know more tomorrow. Thanks.

     

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  2. Iv'e lived here for nearly a 1/3 of my life, RedMidge. On the times I do get back to Blighty, (not often) it just seems more foreign. But if the worse comes to the worst that's my last resort. Thanks for the post, anyway.

     

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  3. Thanks robinson 100. I'm working on the UK address, should know this week. As soon as I do, it's done. I chose the lawyer 'cause he was local AND spoke fairly good English. Although my German is passable, it's those shitty lawyer-like German words that NOBODY understands, not even the locals! 

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  4. Thanks for the info, robinson 100. Sounds like YOU'VE been there, too. I signed up to a local lawyer, (Who has since moved to Halle,40mins up the m/way), for 10€, 'cause I'm unemployed. At first he was OK, but I think it all got too complicated for him.Yes, I found the webpage for pensions on yougov.uk, but there are 2 problems. (1): Can't claim until 4 months BEFORE pension age.  (2): You must have a UK address.  The 2nd one I'm working on, so have to wait until September. I've looked at 6 apartments in the last 8 months. I live in a small town, 10km outside Leipzig, and 1 room appts don't come up too often, but that's all I'm allowed under Hartz VI rules. Thanks again, R 100.

     

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  5. My lawyer has told me the same thing. As I said earlier, I had no inkling, or interest in what I was signing, having been told it was a formality. I just nodded at the appropriate times. I know this makes me look bloody stupid, but for 20 years, everything was OK. My lawyer is not that interested, and most of the time doesn't answer my E. mails, that's why I posted on here, in case somebody had been through this. Anyway, thanks peeps for pointing me in the right direction. Tomorrow, sozialhilfe, and hopefully I'll know more Thanks, again.

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  6. In answer to your questions: You might not like the title, WR of Y, but it's there for a reason! The house was built only 3 years ago. The 4 of us in this house went to an office in Leipzig, I was told, for formalities. It seems I signed a paper giving me no claim on the house, whatsoever. My lawyer IS looking into it, but doubts I'll have a claim. I was misled into signing it. Yes, I may be naive, but I had no grounds for not trusting my spouse. She had done nothing bad, or spiteful, the last 20 years. If you read the thread, you would see that I said, most of my work (like the majority of UK bricklayers, that worked here) was cash in hand. I DON'T know if I have to leave my home. Another thing the lawyer is looking into. But the atmosphere in this house makes it difficult to stay! I just want to know what I can do, that's all. 

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  7. Thank you for the prompt reply rhody. I DO have a lawyer, but he's never come across a case like this, before. And no, not yet divorced as the 12 month separation period. will be August 1st That's when I become homeless.as my wife and her parents had this house built, and my name is not on any documents! Can't find anywhere to live (Auslander, Hartz VI?) But I will try the link you sent. Thanks again.

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  8. Iv'e searched for this topic, but to no avail.  So, here's the sad story.     After 21 years (10 of them married) my wife decided, last August, that she has had enough. She retired me in 2005, with the ultimatum, either get married or f... off. (I spent months at a time working away). After 10 years of handing my wages over to her, I was left with said wife giving me 50€ a week for shopping, and becoming a hausmann. Yes, I realize I should have known better, but I'm from THAT generation. So, heres the rub: I went to the jobcentre, and after a lot of hassle, was given Hartz IV, on the grounds that I don't have an income. (The wife has to contribute 1/2 of the money, as she has a good job with Telekom). I reach the age of 65 in December, so asked at the Job Centre, what happens after this date. "Not our problem, any more", was the answer. I haven't worked in Blighty for 40 odd years, and, to be honest, most of my work was in the hand. So I will not get any UK pension. I really do not know  where to go next. Any ideas,? TT'ers. Does anybody know of anyone else in this situation?

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  9. Hello T.T'RS. I have a similar, but slightly more complicated question. A friend in Blighty has put a bid on a German registered car. The said car is, in fact, IN England. (US military, we think, as it is in Suffolk). So, geting to the point....(1) Can the car be sold with its German plates? (2) How easy is it to register said car, in England? Hoping someone has an answer. Thanks, in anticipation.

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  10. @ Vikram. Bear in mind that you still WILL NOT receive the free-to -air channels, and I also do not get Dave HD, Alibi HD, Watch HD Sky Premiere, Sky Action,or Sky Thriller film channels,but I DO receive ITV 2,3 and 4 in HD. How weird is that!

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  11. Hello TT'ers. Like many people on this thread, Iv'e been here a while before I found this site. Having been through this thread from the start, I imagine most contributors have passed through. I'm English, married, live in Taucha, and have done for 20 years. Does anybody (are you still with us VICAR?) still do ex-pats meet ups? I would sure be interested. Talking about ex-pats, an Aussie has opened a bar/biergarten in Marktplatz, Taucha. And, although I think I'm the only Brit in the village, the locals go out of their way to speak English. I only found it 'cause they are advertising the WM football on a big screen!

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  12. I really must learn to look at what Iv'e written, before posting!! Or stop listening to LBC, and simultaneously watching the final day of the Test Match, whilst typing. 155 sq.metres is the correct answer. And, although, that doesn't sound too big, it's surely spacious enough. 3 living rooms, 3 bedrooms, (1 with balcony), bathroom/WC upstairs, shower/WC downstairs and, of course, kitchen. It's big enough for me to hide from the Frau, sometimes, for a whole afternoon!!

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  13. SMAUQ: Sorry to take so long to answer. 55 square meters, and, yes, no cellar. (Couldn't afford the extra). But big enough for the in-laws to have their own living room and bedroom (separate rooms), and my wife and I to have separate living rooms. (UK television/German TV), plus a guest bedroom.

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