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  1. Hi all, I hope everyone is doing fine despite the circumstances.   I will move into a new apartment in May, but I have a few questions about how to proceed with the change of address.   Does anyone know if it's possible to do the Ummeldung in Berlin now? Do I need to wait until the pandemic is gone?   Here are the authorities and companies I know for a fact I have to notify: - Finanzamt (I'm a freelancer. I believe I need to get a new Steuernummer?) - My insurer (calling) - GEZ (online) - Phone company (online) - All other billing-related things, such as my bank, Apple Store, Amazon, etc.   And now the questions: - KSK: I applied to KSK in February and haven't heard from them (except for a letter stating they are looking at my application and will get back to me whenever they can) - Citizenship: I started a process of acquiring German citizenship in the Staatsangehörigkeitsbehörde from my Bezirk. I imagine this will change now, as I will move to a different district.   How should I proceed in the instances above?   Thanks for the insights!
  2. So my neighbours,   you have already seen them, I am talking about the compact cars in your neighbourhood, which even you are allowed to drive. License, smartphone and some cheddar provided   The majority of these cars also run on an electric motor, which I personally find great. A big goal behind the car sharing idea is to reduce individual traffic and thus have fewer vehicles on the roads. We are talking about an alternative that has its right to exist alongside public transport.   Nonetheless, I am somewhat sceptical as to whether something like this will become established here in the big city of Berlin. With the metro or the S-Bahn, you can get anywhere, and faster than by car. Those who already own a car will not switch to car sharing completely.   Will it remain a niche product? What do you think of the idea? Have you ever driven one of these cars? What is your opinion? 
  3. Hey,    I haven't been in Berlin for a long time, so I can't really remember the city that well. Going to visit it for 4 days in March. What would you recommend to do? Besides the touristic attractions, I'm also looking for some tips to get the typical vibe etc. Clubs to go party are also welcome (Looking for something like techno, edm and similar).    Danke
  4. Hello,   Can anyone recommend a lawyer in Berlin that speaks English well, to help with an issue in my renovated apartment that I bought 4 years ago and the lack of sound insulation installed in the upstairs neighbor's apartment? I had an acoustic specialist come and conduct tests, and the sound doesn't fall within the German building regulations. The developers have ignored my emails, although there is a 5-year warranty for fixing defects. At this point, I would like to consult a lawyer to see how to proceed.  many thanks!
  5. Hi everyone, I'm a Canadian comic performing on Quatsch's show on Feb 11 and 12. There are 3 other comics too, going to be fun and hope to see lots of you stageside, here is the info about the show in case any want to come you can read more about me at too. cheers!    Welcome to a great stand-up comedy show in English here in Berlin with 4 pro comics from around the word! The comics are performing at Quatsch Comedy Club on Tues, Feb 11 and Wed Feb 12.   Comedians performing:  Scott Capurro (USA), Cary Marx (UK), Joe Eagan (CAN) & MC host Christian Schulte-Loh (GER)   When: Tues Feb 11 and Wed, Feb 12 showtime: 20.00 for both dates (doors open 19.00) Where: Quatsch Comedy Club Berlin, Friedrichstrasse 107   All info and tickets is via here:
  6. Hi. So I have been looking into getting a German passport, and have hit a wall with arranging an appointmente for the einbürgerung. The authorities refuse to engage with you unless you have an appointment, which you are supposed to arrange on the website. Except that all the slots are constantly marked as filled, I have been trying for weeks. Some people said I need to try at 7 ot 7:30 in the morning and be quick, but it doesn't make any difference. This is the page I am using   Has anyone been successful in arranging an appointment, and do you have any tips? Thanks in advance    
  7. Has anyone recently applied for einburgerung at Burgeramt Pankow ? How long did it take to get Termin there, and how long did the process take. Currently it shows appointments only until 21. November, (all booked). Can anybody share their experience?
  8. Smoking Cigarrettes in Berlin

    Hi,   I wanna ask about the smoking laws in Berlin. Am I allowed to smoke cigarettes on the street in Berlin? Can you smoke cigs in restaurants, pubs, and clubs? Which hotels in Berlin city centre allows you to smoke or has a designated smoking area in the hotel?   Thank you!
  9. Hello everyone,  I have doubts about my Visa application and I wondered if there was someone in the same situation as me that can clarify some points. I approached the concerned authorities but didn't have any clear answer sadly. I am planning to enroll for a BFD this coming year in a youth center in Berlin. In my contract it is stated that I will receive 400€ as pocket money as well as health insurance. However the Organisation cannot provide an accommodation for me. A friend of mine offered to host me for the duration of my stay in Berlin and the Organization told me that he could make kind of a "hosting declaration" and that would be enough to get a Visa. Now my previous experience in the Volunteering field was similar, I had my pocket money, health insurance, and the organization provided tge accommodation and it was all good. But I have heard that a hosting declaration was not enough and that my friend should make a Verpflichtungserklärung instead, which is impossible right now because the amount of money demanded is too high. Does anyone have an idea about this and did anyone do a BFD before ? What did you need to get the Visa? And do you think that a Verpflichtungserklärung is necessary, or does the hosting declaration represent enough security for me to get the Visa?  Thanks in advance. 
  10. Hello   Im in my 30s, single mum to a teenage boy. I currently work as a front end website developer so I am capable of supporting myself financially. I have been to Berlin this year, and really liked the atmosphere and culture.     I have started to learn some basic German, but am in no way fluent at the moment, but I am willing to learn as much as I can.   I really want to leave the UK with my son, to give him a better education and an improved way of life. I also need a fresh start in my life, and for some reason after visiting Berlin I was drawn to the area.   I needed some advice if someone would be kind enough to help me out please.    1. Where is a reasonably priced area to live that is outside of Berlin? I need to be a close distance for commuting. 2. Is it possible to find a decent paying job for front end website development work as an English speaker, learning German? 3. Are there any agencies that I can sign up to? 4. Are there bilingual schools for teenagers around Berlin?   Thanks in advance   Sarah 
  11. Background : Myself and my boyfriend were living in a WG and we have been looking for an apartment together in Berlin for 9+ months and have finally secured one and signed the contract two weeks ago with a view to move on the 1st. November. But he has now got cold feet and needs time to consider whether he wants to continue with our relationship (we've been together 4 years, in our early 30s). Obviously I'm heartbroken but he's my best friend and respect his need to have some time to think. He is planning to stay in our WG (his friend's place) until he decides what to do.    I would like to still move into the apartment and best case scenario he decides that he'd like to join me. But if he decides not too, I would like to stay in the apartment, financially it's not an issue for me to cover the full rent, and I guess we would ask the landlord to release him from the lease.    The Catch : The landlady is incredibly risk averse and wouldn't initially rent to us because my partner is English (brexit) despite having residency and a permanent contract. And then we had to submit insane amounts of paperwork and jump through a ton of hoops. She allowed the previous tenant to sublet for a year to a couple (as he wanted to move in with his partner) with a view that they could then take the lease but she decided against them last minute due to the woman moving to part-time work, hence we secured the apartment.   I work freelance, and even though I earn 5x the warm rent, healthy savings and have letters from long term clients and whole forests of paperwork from my account and tax returns, I suspect that without a dual income she won't want me to stay.   In the ideal (not ideal) situation we wouldn't say anything to the landlady until my partner has time to decide what to he wants to do and if he sadly chooses not to move in, we could then ask her to remove him from the lease and hope that since we've paid rent on time for a few months she may be more lenient. BUT there is a section in the contract that states that we have to register within one week and send her a copy of our Anmeldung, so the cat will be out of the bag from week one.   Sorry about the long post, fairly stressed about the prospect of being homeless on top of everything - I've seen friends in Berlin search for 6-12 months even just to find a room in a WG.   My questions :  Should I get a lawyer and is there any hope that there is a case to let me stay in light that I can afford it? If she does try to evict us/me, will the the 3 month notice period apply so I have some time to try and find a new place?   TIA for any help + guidance!              
  12. ALG1 Rent Assistance

    Hi all,   I am shortly to be made redundant, and will be claiming ALG 1, I have worked in Germany for the past 13 months, I understand that I will payed 60% of my wage, which will mean I only receive €600.    My rent is €520 here in Berlin, and obviously I don’t think I will be able to survive on €80. My question is whether there is extra assistance I should be claiming in order to help me financially while I search for a new role?   thanks