El Jeffo

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  1. Staff shortage in KITA, problem everywhere ?

    We made the step-counting video in 2011. Crazy, huh?
  2. Staff shortage in KITA, problem everywhere ?

      There is in Berlin, and according to my 9th-grade son, the substitutes here are not as universally awful as the ones I had growing up in Northern California.
  3. Asking Finanzamt to explain tax assessment

    Did you remember to claim depreciation on the flat? Maybe they credited you for that. Or for the property tax you paid based on the Einheitswert, which wasn't determined until after you filed?    
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

      MAGA!   (Make Australia Great Again)
  5. 3G in Restaurants?

      Bears repeating!
  6. Nintendo switch

      Is that you, dad?
  7. Milieuschutz & online office?

    That refers to using one room of a multi-room apartment for business. You want to use the entire place for business.    Good luck in any case. 
  8. Milieuschutz & online office?

      Probably not, because that would represent Zweckentfremdung.   Your best bet is to find a larger apartment with a dedicated office.
  9. How to repair a Rolladen

    The motor itself can be had for around €60 if you forgo the bells and whistles (like wireless remote control). I'm sure most of that bill will be for labor, not parts.   Now that you know what needs to be done (Rollladenmotor ersetzen), you could try calling other local firms for some comparison shopping.
  10. decision Finanzamt

    LOL @ jeba trying to tell PandaMunich how to accountant because his dad got a speeding ticket 40 years ago.
  11. Bundestagswahl 26th of September 2021

      Because of the thousands of marijuana overdose deaths that occur every year?
  12. Sorry to hear about your pending situation, @java10. Even if you have legal insurance, I strongly suggest you join your local Mieterverein immediately, because they can give you better value for your money than a lawyer you find on the internets. The Mieterverein will also allow you to approach the situation proactively, whereas your legal insurance is unlikely to authorize coverage for a theoretical situation and will require further authorization for each additional step.   There are a variety of ways to delay an impending eviction and the Mieterverein will be familiar with all of them.   Having said that, it might be a good idea to start looking for an alternative place to live already. Even if the person who ends up buying your apartment doesn't want to claim Eigenbedarf, they're likely to raise your rent by the legal maximum allowed, to get the best possible return on their investment.  
  13. No, @LeonG is right, at least according to the Mieterbund website:   EDIT: Oh snap, Alexnf!
  14. Buying a house without realtor

      0% is the standard unless you ask. The mere possibility of Sondertilgung tends to raise the interest rate of the mortgage vs. mortgages that don't allow for it.
  15. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Tell me you didn't click my link without telling me you didn't click my link.
  16. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Again, you seem to be making @murphaph's point while claiming to be arguing with him, keith.   murphaph says the government's claims that realigning the economy won't be a problem are garbage, because if the jobs get too expensive in the UK, they'll simply move abroad. You countered that he should "get real", because the very thing he says is the obstacle has already been happening for decades. How is that making a counterargument?
  17. BREXIT positives and negatives

      No-deal Brexit it is, then - as long as the liars in Whitehall and Downing Street keep lying.
  18. BREXIT positives and negatives

    You read the article, John, so why don't you tell us what you think?   I'll go first: I don't think there will be a compromise, because a compromise requires both sides to make concessions. According to your article, however the EU seems to be willing to do that very thing, whereas Lord Frost thinks the way forward is to tear up the NIP - which is one of the cornerstones of the Withdrawal Agreement - and start over.   It's the international diplomacy equivalent of playing pigeon chess and nothing good will come of it.     He said, in a one-line response.
  19. BREXIT positives and negatives

      What a convincing argument! "Brexit didn't cause everything to turn to shit - it was already shit before Brexit"
  20. BREXIT positives and negatives

    According to this article, a grand total of 27 (two tens plus seven) HGV drivers have applied for the special visas that BoJo and Co. made available.   Out of 5,000.   What's the opposite of "going like hotcakes"?
  21. Regardless of the circumstances, if you are being deprived of usable space and/or natural light in your apartment as the result of construction work, you're entitled to reduce your rent. If you're not already a member of your local Mieterverein, you should join today. They will be able to advise you how much you can reduce your rent and correspond with the landlord - but if you just joined, they won't be able to represent you in court, if it goes that far, because their legal coverage is subject to the same 90-day wait period that also applies to other legal insurance policies.   Be sure to bring your rental contract, however - it's possible that they sneaked a clause in that gave you notice of the impending construction work and you overlooked it.   I'm afraid you'll have around zero chance of getting compensation for your disturbed concentration. The fact that you work from home isn't something that they're responsible for.