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  1. You are not alone. I am in a similar situation. My partner and I (also both freelancers in Berlin) got onto the waiting list within a few minutes of each other, like you around the 7th of April. After about three days, my partner was able to submit her application. My time came up immediately afterwards, but when I tried to access the application form I got a message saying my number was no longer valid. I got back in line, waited two more days, and was again told my number was not valid. I tried a third time, managed to file the application, received confirmation that the IBB had received it, then...nothing. My partner received her money within a couple of days of application. I have since used the IBB's contact form three times to ask for the status of my claim. Twice I have received an automated confirmation of receipt but no information. It has occurred to me that, since our applications came from the same IP address, and we share a bank account, perhaps the IBB system "thinks" they are duplicate applications. Unfortunately I know of no way to verify this. I realise this doesn't help you in any practical way, but perhaps you can take heart in knowing that you're not alone. Good luck.
  2. Toytown Forum equivalent for Italy

    That's for other versions of The Local, not Toytown. I'd personally be interested in a Spanish version of Toytown...
  3. Best hardware shop in Berlin. If they don't have it, they can probably direct  you to someone who can: C. ADOLPH Eisenwaren Savignyplatz 3 10623 Berlin
  4. The "UP Side" of Quarantine

    Of course now we need a pic of the dogrilla. My wife is dying to see it.
  5. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    Rushrush, do you happen to have a link for this info? Thanks.
  6. AMEN! Unfortunately, we all know the reason. Fewer services, fewer physical assets, fewer humans= fewer expenses, higher profit margin. Add to this the fact that few people are willing to stand on their hind legs and say "No, this isn't good enough." To quote a well-known punk band, "Give me convenience or give me death!"
  7. My understanding (I'm neither a tax advisor nor a lawyer) is that the location of the property determines where it is taxable. I've recently done some work for an advisor in Berlin, Michael von Arps-Aubert ( who specialises in this sort of question. His English is quite good too.