innfield

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  1.   Well, there's a sort of armed truce at the moment - he hasn't turned it off for more than a week, but it has been exceptionally cold here. We're in the dachsgeschoss flat and the loft is completely uninsulated. If he lived in this flat he'd be more tolerant of our position. Or maybe he wouldn't. Who knows. And my wife is busy signing up with the Mieterverein, she told me.
  2.   If he was a grumpy old fucker, I'd be more inclined to be patient with him. But he's 25 or 30 years younger than I am. He's kept his mitts off the boiler for more than a week now, so maybe it's a storm in a teacup. This is our fourth year here, and the first winter we've had this ridiculous performance. It's not as if we want all the heaters to be on night and day, but the flat is cold. If our use of the heater somehow runs up his heating bill, and he can prove it, why doesn't he just tell us and we'll pay him for it.  
  3.   It may already be starting to do just that - he has kept his paws off it for more than a week now. Perhaps he's realised that every time he turns it off I go down and turn it back on again, and that the whole thing is more than a little childish.
  4.   Well, the latest is that my wife (the contract is in her name) is planning to hook up with the Mieterverein - although for the past week there has been a new development, in that the heating has been working whenever we turn it on. I doubt whether much will happen before the summer, which means we will have time before winter comes again to get advice from the mieterverein, sit round a table with the landlady and work out some kind of compromise, or whatever suggests itself in the meantime. I am reluctant to make this guy more of a problem than he already is by an opene confrontation, so that's how things stand at present. Best wishes  
  5.   It is indeed a Viessmann ... went downstairs to the dungeon it lives in to have a look. Yes, the bloke (not unlike a sort of German Trump if you want something to compare him to) and his poor cowering missus on the ground floor (I'm sure he probably bullies her) guards it fiercely. Every time he turns it off, I turn it back on again. And so we go on., Clearly, though, some sort of remedy must be found. Thanks for your suggestions.
  6.   It is indeed a Viessmann ... went downstairs to the dungeon it lives in to have a look. Yes, the bloke (not unlike a sort of German Trump if you want something to compare him to) and his poor cowering missus on the ground floor (I'm sure he probably bullies her) guards it fiercely. Every time he turns it off, I turn it back on again. And so we go on., Clearly, though, some sort of remedy must be found. Thanks for your suggestions.
  7.   It is indeed a Viessmann ... went downstairs to the dungeon it lives in to have a look. Yes, the bloke (not unlike a sort of German Trump if you want something to compare him to) and his poor cowering missus on the ground floor (I'm sure he probably bullies her) guards it fiercely. Every time he turns it off, I turn it back on again. And so we go on., Clearly, though, some sort of remedy must be found. Thanks for your suggestions.
  8.   It is indeed a Viessmann ... went downstairs to the dungeon it lives in to have a look. Yes, the bloke (not unlike a sort of German Trump if you want something to compare him to) and his poor cowering missus on the ground floor (I'm sure he probably bullies her) guards it fiercely. Every time he turns it off, I turn it back on again. And so we go on., Clearly, though, some sort of remedy must be found. Thanks for your suggestions.
  9. Very much appreciated, thanks - I'll take you up on that if I may!

  10. Yes, that's just what I thought.
  11.   You'll have to excuse me, please - I'm new to this forum and not quite sure how to reply to each of you within the context of your messages.  
  12. Thank you, fraufruit - I believe there is a daughter, yes. Re other neighbours - I wouldn't stir this up without consulting them first, of course. And I'll do that.
  13. Thanks, Red Midge ... your response is appreciated. The landlady is a rather sweet elderly woman who lives alone as she has just lost her husband, and on top of that has recently had heart surgery. I had hoped to avoid dragging her into all this, but I'm sure the mieterverein is one avenue, and I will certainly get in touch with them.
  14. My wife and I live in Hofheim, near Frankfurt, in a converted house that consists of four apartments; one in the cellar and one on each of the three floors. All share common heating, via a great orange contraption that lives in the cellar and looks fairly new. Radiators in the flats are the flat type with little meters on the front of them, and they have the usual thermostat. Whether this heating arrangement is oil-fired, gas-fired or electrical. I have no idea. The issue is that the neighbour on the ground floor is a cantankerous if not downright aggressive bloke, and because he has lived in the building longer than the rest of us he considers himself some sort of senior tenant or de facto hausmeister, helping himself to the building's single off-street parking bay, pinning sarcastic notices up in the foyer and so on. He has taken to turning the heating off at random times for hours on end, which means that no one gets any heat. He doesn't speak to me - he will not answer if I greet him or try to engage with him - and once when he caught me downstairs turning the heating on again, gave me a telling-off like you wouldn't believe. I told him in my still very shaky German that my wife and I are simply not prepared to sit in a freezing cold flat where the temperature is in single figures just because he fels like turning the heating off for the whole building at random times. I asked him what the devil he thought he was up to, and he just made a gesture of rubbing fingers together and said, 'Money, money, money!' We all pay for our heating, which is metered once a year by the service provider, and to my understanding it doesn't affect the heating bills of the other tenants if we have our heating on or off. If there is some sort of basic charge for the machine to be running, which is included in our rent, he surely has no right to condemn my wife and I, as well as others in the building, to a freezing existence because he wants to save money. There is a huge button on the front of this tiresome machine which turns red when the unit is off. You press this to start it up again, and the button turns green. Now he has programmed it in some way that has disabled the ability to manually turn it on and off again, and I don't want to interfere with all the little controls along the top by means of which this programming is done. The sheer arrogance and the discontent this guy causes in the building has caused us to consider moving, after putting up with this every winter for four years. Any thoughts? As I say, he will not talk to me or acknowledge me (he's a bloke aged about 40 or so) at all, which I think is a function of my being English, although I'm making progress with the German language issue! Is there any legal process or legally-based warning that can be applied in this business?
  15. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    Nothing, except that they completely ignore you.