Pandekage

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  • Location Charlottenburg, Berlin
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  1. A bit specific here  I'm currently a non-EU working at an office in Germany after graduating from a uni here, with an Aufenthaltstitel with the conditions: - "Beschäftigung nicht gestattet mit Ausnahme der Tätigkeit als (my profession)" - "Selbstständige Tätigkeit gestattet"   So it was just announced that a production crew will be filming for a TV series over the weekend in our office, and that anyone who's interested in playing an extra (Statist) can sign up and be considered (seems likely, just for our staff). Sounds super fun, but given that it seems a one-time employment contract is utilized (extras will be paid €100 or so) I figure my visa stipulations will invalidate me from participating. Thoughts?
  2. Last month I signed up to the Mieterverein in my city (Hamburg) on advisement by friends. However, it is now a real possibility that I will be permanently returning home (to the US) after six months to a year, and thus would have to cancel all my contracts here. After asking around it seems like there's a minimum 2 year contract for this, but do I have Sonderkündigungsrecht for this scenario? (i.e. if I produce an Abmeldung, return flight ticket)    Also of note: I already paid the fee for the first year (€75+15) which I'm fine with losing, but I'd rather not pay for a whole second year if I end up flying back before the first years up. Thoughts?
  3. Just today took a tumble off my bike and hit the pavement, and may have perhaps stretched my hand more than it should have. In the first fifteen minutes after getting home, I notice mild pain and tingling sensation in my hand, as well as a troubling symptom of, uh, bubbles on the skin. (if you're a doctor happy to send you a pic) That was three hours ago - the hand still moves as normal, the visual abnormalities have disappeared, but the pain and tingling still persist, moreso if hand moves/is touched.   I've heard stories of something similar symptomatic of ruptured/severed tendons in the hand, and while my hand's working fine I don't want to risk that it isn't a case of possible damage getting worse as time goes on.    As I've moved to this new city (Hamburg from Berlin) I haven't found a Hausarzt yet, and anyway since it's Sunday tomorrow the only recourse is a hospital (there's one a few blocks away). Given I'll be walking in, seemingly without visual symptoms (I do have that pic from earlier), how do general hospitals generally deal with these walk-in customers, especially in the middle of the night, or on Sunday morning? Ask them to go to the Hausarzt? Or would this be considered a time-sensitive emergency? If it'll get seriously considered and treated I'll be happy to wait in the waiting room for hours.
  4. About to sign a rental sublease contract with a pretty hefty security deposit (for me anyways). From what I gather I should take care to place this security deposit into a separate account (Kautionskonto), opened either by me or the renter, to reduce problems with getting the deposit back afterwards. The renter has agreed to this, but says he'll open the Kautionskonto - thus I would have to verify that it isn't simply his personal account. Any way to do this? Simply bring his account details to the bank and ask them to verify? And any other precautions I should follow if I want to see my Kaution again, esp. when subletting from a private individual? (That said, he seems to be a nice guy, seen the place and got a day to review the contract)
  5. Schufa - the German credit rating system

    If I could jump in with a question, I recently ordered a Bonitätsauskunft for my apartment hunt, which recently arrived. I'm still reading the results, but I also googled around about what the prospective landlord wants to see, and according to this:   https://www.derwesten.de/incoming/was-die-schufa-auskunft-ueber-ein-leben-verraet-id8930720.html   I received this page as well, a fancy certificate with an embedded holographic strip, I'm assuming simply stating that I haven't defaulted on any contracts. For the purposes of apartment hunting would this be enough to show, according to the above website?   Also - I can't find a total percentage score (out of 100%) anywhere in the results; I do have an Orientierungswert of 223, so I dunno if it's just a matter of remapping that 100-600 range to 1-100.
  6. Okay, not refusal, but rather failure to provide the Bestätigung in a timely fashion. However, I'm sure I'm not exempt from the 14 day Anmeldungsfrist simply because it's holiday season. So to remain in everyone's good graces, should I perhaps just get a new appointment in, say, 2 weeks? (I remember reading somewhere that you just need to have an appointment booked by the 2nd week, and that should be fine) Or simply go to the appointment I already have tomorrow and explain that the tenant and landlord are currently on vacation?
  7. The advice by @jeba seems sound, I'll definitely inform the Behörde about refusal to provide the Bestätigung. Digging around it seems the Wohnungsgeber would be subject to a fine, but in practical terms what would that mean for my current stay here? I've paid rent and deposit, is it likely I'll be kicked out, in the very least in the bad graces of the landlord? (even if they should know better) Am I still responsible to annoy the landlord further, or will the authorities take over from then on?
  8. What? Edit: just realized I posted this twice, technical error. Sorry!
  9. I recently moved into a two month Zwischenmiete/Untermiete, contract signed and all that. The main tenant 'A' I signed the contract with promised a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung for the purposes of registration, but said the landlord 'B' would provide it and gave me his email address. Well I emailed him (twice), and ten days later since moving in, and with an appointment at the Behörde for Anmeldung next week I still haven't heard back.    'A' has been made aware of this and says if I don't hear from 'B' she'll provide the Bestätigung (which from what I understand is her responsibility anyway). However, she's on vacation until the end of month apparently and I suspect she'll only be willing to email me a scanned Bestätigung (which is not valid?).   Just wanted to inquire about my course of action if the worse scenario comes to pass - 'A' provides only a scanned Bestätigung that is not accepted at the Amt, or provides nothing at all. Do I go to the Behörde and rat them out? Does this alter the legal binding of the contract, since it itself states I have to register within 14 days?
  10. I recently moved into a two month Zwischenmiete/Untermiete, contract signed and all that. The main tenant 'A' I signed the contract with promised a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung for the purposes of registration, but said the landlord 'B' would provide it and gave me his email address. Well I emailed him (twice), and ten days later since moving in, and with an appointment at the Amt for Anmeldung next week I still haven't heard back.    'A' has been made aware of this and says if I don't hear from 'B' she'll provide the Bestätigung (which from what I understand is her responsibility anyway). However, she's on vacation until the end of month apparently and I suspect she'll only be willing to email me a scanned Bestätigung (which is not valid?).   Just wanted to inquire about my course of action if the worse scenario comes to pass - 'A' provides only a scanned Bestätigung that is not accepted at the Amt, or provides nothing at all. Do I go to the Amt and rat them out? Does this alter the legal binding of the contract, since it itself states I have to register within 14 days?
  11. Here's another question about housing search.

    Point taken. Also, to note: I'm still registered at a Berlin address that I'm also subleasing; both subcontracts would end three months from now. Given that I'm technically already registered somewhere for the same time period, is it less of a problem that (in worst case) I'm not registered in Hamburg, even though I'll be starting work here?
  12. Here's another question about housing search.

    One more legal question:   I asked the main tenant about getting a Wohnungsgeberbestätigung for my sublease, and today she said that afte speaking with the landlord, the landlord would provide me with the Bestätigung, but only after the rental period has begun (and post-contract signing) because he's currently on holiday.   As it seems my scam alarm is permanently set on sensitive, is the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung given from the landlord always, even if you're the subtenant (one removed)? Of can the main tenant fill that out? I swear with my sublease in Berlin the main tenant provided the paper, no signature from the owner. Slight chance it could be a delaying tactic to get the contract signed without ever having a Bestätigung.   Then again I'm not sure if I should be demanding everything be done to the letter, if nothing was meant maliciously, and risk losing the place.
  13. Here's another question about housing search.

    Yeah, I was advised (by others in the profession) this was the standard for grads in my profession in DE. Architects generally aren't known for salaries. But I'll treat this year in Hamburg as a work vacation, learn as much as I can, and if I can't negotiate a higher wage after the Probezeit I'm happy to return stateside for my career. (note: not a snide remark, just stating as it is)   Another legal question, if possible: during the Besichtigung in Barmbek the current tenant pointed out several postcards stuck on the wall, mentioning (sheepishly) that she put them there to hide defects in the wall, and because she's moving out soon she didn't feel like repairing them. So, the walls are slightly damaged, but I don't think she's intentionally trying to shift the blame to me (as she pointed them out herself). I don't care about the aesthetics myself, but how should I request the Untermietvertrag be written to acknowledge these as preexisting conditions so that I'm not to be responsible for this?
  14. Here's another question about housing search.

    Thanks for the advice! If you don't mind me asking a bit more, in general how do you feel about those prices in relation to the averages for those districts? Given that both are (well-) furnished apartments (and thus more expensive than unfurnished), and in decent buildings. The friends here (who rent their own places) say they're too expensive, but again these are furnished apartments.
  15. Here's another question about housing search.

    Or to put it differently, it's got character  That isn't too big of an issue, the WG flatmates themselves are super and I've lived in Oakland, CA, so dodginess isn't new to me. However I don't know if I should risk waiting for something better to come along.   Barmbek is my first choice as well, since it's initially a Untermiete for €500 for two months, with the possibility to become Nachmieter for the aforementioned €690. And yes, that's Warmmiete (all-inclusive). HOWEVER the concern here is that with my netto salary of €1920 it's slightly above the "1/3 of income" rule, and as a fresh grad I feel like I sould be saving up as much as possible.