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About JCrichton

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  1. My landlord wants to replace a whole carpet for a stain

    Is it a normal quote for the "professional cleaning" of a studio in Germany? I mean, with this sum I'd expect a to see a crew with equipment and non-OTC chemicals. I ask because I'm moving soon as well and while I do my best to clean the place up, the reputation of the landlord company is such that they might charge for cleaning anyway.
  2. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

    The original idea behind this tax (which is not a German exclusive thing) is to give mass media journalism an independent source of funding that would help them to stay out of direct monetary influence of politics or big business. Basically, to avoid the TV and newspapers becoming a tool of propaganda for the ruling party or big corporations. This, in theory, benefits everyone even those who don’t watch the TV. The other question is of course if the reality correlates with the theory.
  3. Maintenance costs too harsh in the contract

      We had those in the dormitories. It's "we haven't been able to find anything cheaper" type of kitchen but even then it was in a better shape, this one looks like it was thrown away and picked up from a sperrmüll heap somewhere. Not to mention that it falls apart if you stare at it too harshly. Even with the installation costs it can never cost 7500 to 10000 eur. This clause looks like scam to be honest.
  4. Which Bank would you recommend

    While I agree with the idea in principle, I don't think it's a fair comparison. English is, de facto, the standard international language. I never expect anyone speaking English in any public organization in Germany but I'm a surprised with the lack of representatives with the ability to speak English at all in large bank branches. I don't say they are obliged to provide the service, just a surprise that they don't. It does look like a wasted opportunity. I mean, when I first moved in Germany, my German was pathetic, so I went to the bank where there was a representative speaking English. I'm still using their services.
  5. Private Insurance Options for Student >30 Years Old

    It's about €175/mo for freiwillige Versicherung.
  6. Private Insurance Options for Student >30 Years Old

    I've seen quite a few people in my Uni having Mawista as their insurance, it is accepted by ABH as long as you have a confirmation from a Krankenkasse, but there are quite a few caveats with that insurance which you can find discussed on the forum.   However, have you actually inquired about your eligibility to freiwillige Versicherung in a Krankenkasse? It's much more expensive than Mawista or discounted student insurance but it might be a better option but because you're older than 30 they're not obliged to accept you. I, for example, went through the process, got denied coverage in TK but accepted in AOK. 
  7. If that's a standard student residency permit, you can't do any freelance job at all, regardless of the country where your legal entity is registered. But as it was said before, read what your permit states, it's written right on it in case of a sticker or on the piece of paper you got with the eId-card.