Free Prince

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  1. landlord taking ages to provide water+heating bill

    Many many thanks for sharing your experience as a landlord. That really explains a lot and I feel reassured now that everything is in order. I had no idea that in some cases heating meters could be read electronically - really good to know.
  2. landlord taking ages to provide water+heating bill

    Thank you for confirming that this is a regular Nebenkostenabrechnung, even though I felt your answer slightly condescending. In fact, I didn't know that I wanted a utility bill issued by the landlord. I had no idea what to expect - one of those unknown unknowns as I've never rented in Germany before - I just wanted a valid bill. Somehow I expected bills from the utility companies to be forwarded to me by the landlord. But that's great: not only now I know that what I got sent is a valid Nebenkostenabrechnung, I also learnt something new :)
  3. landlord taking ages to provide water+heating bill

    After several emails sent to chase up our landlord, we have finally received a bill for 2017. Apart from the fact that they have not yet sent us a bill for December 2016, the main thing that seems strange is that the bill has been prepared by the landlords themselves, i.e. it's not a bill from the Hausverwaltung. I will try to attach an extract of the bill to this post.   Is it normal that a tenant receives a bill issued by the landlord without any backing of official statements from the Hausverwaltung? I know that Haushaltsnahe Aufwendungen costs can be declared in the personal tax return, so I was wondering if a bill issued by a landlord would be accepted as proof of these costs.   Unfortunately, we waited too long to join a Mieterverein as we are shortly moving away from Berlin and they seem to force a 3-year contract.
  4. German taxation on UK LTD income

    The company was not formed by myself but by another director, who is a UK resident. I was appointed as the second director at a later stage, so it's now a company with two PSC. Our revenue is entirely generated in the UK, and we have a physical office in Scotland but no other employees. Will Brexit turn the company into a Personengesellschaft even in this case?   I have started reading through this and other similar threads, but I am genuinely (despairingly) looking for a Steuerberater rather than free advice - which is of course always much appreciated. But thanks for the information, @PandaMunich. At least that explains why it feels like seeking after the Scarlet Pimpernel Should I start my emails by stating "I won't meet your advice with incredulity"? Ok, seriously, any recommendations?
  5. German taxation on UK LTD income

    I am in a similar situation: living in Germany while earning a salary from a UK company and also receiving dividends in my capacity as a shareholder of the same company. I have tried contacting various Steurberater advertised in these forums. However, a few got back to me telling me that they can't deal with such a scenario while others said they were too busy. My UK tax returns for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 have already been filed as a UK tax resident. However, I now need to file my tax return in Germany for 2018 as this is where I live.   Is it really that complicated as a setup for obtaining help? Has anyone else on here managed to get help from a Steurberater for this type of financial structure?
  6. I have been renting a flat in Berlin since November 2016. The water and heating are part of the Nebenkosten which I pay to the landlord on top of the rent on a monthly basis. It is now almost two years since I started renting this flat and still have not received an actual bill for these costs to check how much has been consumed. I'd imagine it to be in my rights to know if I am due to pay the difference or receive a refund if the bill differs from the estimated Nebenkosten. I've asked the landlord back in March 2018 if they had received the bills for the period from November 2016 till November 2017; however, the landlord replied saying that they were waiting from the Hausverwaltung and that they would have kept me informed. Since then, I never brought up the subject with the landlord again.   My question is if it's normal in Germany to have to wait all this time? I can't dare to imagine how stressful it might be the day that I will move out and having to wait for ages to receive back the deposit!