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  1. Im signing a contract and I need to fill in some forms regarding my personal information. There, I need to put in my Kinderfreibetrag but I do not know what to put there. We don't receive kindergeld at the moment. But we want to apply for it after having this contract. So, should I put 0 as Kinderfreibetrag?
  2. I finished my Ph.D. project and will submit my Thesis 1-2 month from now. So, I do not even need to stay in the office anymore and my supervisor agrees on the situation as well. Also, my scholarship will be finished by the end of this month and I need to find another source of finance.   A typical scenario for most of the German students is that they start their next job (company or industry) and they submit their thesis 1-3 months later to prevent any financial disruption.  This is also what my supervisor agrees on as the next plan. However, I've heard that there is a regulation that non-EU students cannot change their permit (to have a full-time job) until they finish their study. But I'm not sure if it applies to students in all levels (PhD, MS, BS) in a similar way, or whether I can handle it by getting a letter from my supervisor saying that my PhD is practically done and etc. to handle it?
  3. Hi guys,   Out of curiosity, for those who started or changed to a new employment contract in the last 10 years, are German employers still handing out the "old german style" contracts with an automatic 13th month salary, or automatic weihnachtsgeld christmas bonus?   I'm rather suspecting newer employment contracts don't offer such things as an automatic god-given right any more, but rather that they have been "converted" into personal performance related bonuses, where it is no longer automatic.   Would really be interested to know if these old-style german contracts are now relics of a bygone era ;-)
  4. Hi All,   I have a contract from a company and i have to send the signed contract in few days. But I would be joining next month and meantime i want to search in other companies. Incase i get better offer in other company can i terminate the contract before starting?   PS: There is a statement in my contract liek this "Vor Vetragsbeginn ist eine fristgemäße Kündigung ausgeschlossen".  I do not understand what it means?   And how can i deal with it. Any suggestions or legal pounters would be really helpul   Thank you
  5. So, I have had a horrible experience with 1&1.    I've recently moved to a new apartment. They offered me a  DSL100 for €17 per month. However, they are currently charging me €30 and delivering DSL50. Their customer service is a living demonstration of a nightmare. One of their agents have hung up on me when I insisted to get an answer in writing.   So there are 2 questions now:  1. How should I go further with the billing mess? I thought of going to a lawyer, but the fees will be much higher than what I will actually get back.  2. I asked at Unity media, they said that if I signed a contract with them, they will deliver the internet connection within a week and manage the contract cancellation with 1&1. The sales agent told me that I will be paying 1&1 for those 3 months, even though I will be receiving Unity media's service. This sounded completely weird to me. Does anyone have a similar experience?     Lesson learned: Avoid 1&1 like the plague! 
  6. Hi all, We're buying an apartment (private sale) and are wondering what should be in the contract. The current contract seems very standard. I feel however that some things may be missing:   The purchase includes the kitchen and some other objects, Should these items that are included in the sale also be listed in the contract? The apartment will be transferred into our name by the end of this year (31-12-2019). That is 10 months from now. Should there be anything in the contract that ensures the place is in nearly the same state as when we saw it? In 10 months a lot can happen such as accidental damage, fire etc. In Germany the final bill for the hausgeld comes months after the year end. I'd assume that the current owner is fully liable for the final bill payment (or refund) of 2019 as the property is ours on 01-01-2020 only. Should the contract stipulate something about this? Are there any other items that are not always in a standard contract, but should be considered?   Many thanks JR on Toytown    
  7. Hi everyone,   My question is about the ability of a company to change the terms of a freelance employment contract when drawing up an extension to that initial agreement.   I have been working with a company on a freelance basis for the last 6 months. They use a major recruitment agency (naming no names) when dealing with contractors as part of their HR process for externals. I signed an initial 3-month contract in spring 2018 then a 3-month extension with the same terms. At the end of 2018 the client asked me to stay on for another 6 months, so we negotiated a modest pay increase and I waited for the extension document.   A couple of days ago i received that doc but the day rate had lowered. When I asked them about the new amount and they told me that it was because of the daily fees they now apply. No mention of these fees before or in the contract, just a lower amount for the day rate this time around. The document explicitly mentioned it being an extension of the original from spring 2018.   Based on that little overview, does anyone have any advice on whether a company can change terms when extending a contract in that way and if there is a reasonable argument to use against the change. I realise it's hard to advise without the details but input is welcome. Not signing the extension isn't really an option financially but removing the fees would be nice if I have the chance!   Thanks in advance     
  8. Hello! :-)    I am currently trying to rent a new flat. Yesterday I met the owner of a flat. She liked me and wanted me to have it.   When I called her afterwards to express my interest, she insisted that I should come today and sign a "preliminary contract", which does not include any of the important details. She claimed that filling the actual contract would take time and that she is busy this week.    Of course, I refused to sign such contract, she asked me to send an email that I want the flat, since she needs something in writing. I also refused, since I would only want to be legally committed, only when I read, agree and sign the full rental contract.   My question now is, are such "preliminary contracts" common in Germany? Are they legally binding? Wheat would happen if we disagree on the details of the actual contract?    Have an awesome Sunday!