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  1. Hi,   My landlord (Hausverwaltung / Property Management company) has sent me a letter asking to pay temporary reduced rent. In the calculation they have mentioned Sammelheizung (collective heating) as Yes.   I played around with the following rent calculation form:   I noticed that Sammelheizung Yes or No makes a huge difference in the rent calculation. Hence, I wanted to understand if my situation comes under Yes or No. My heating situation is as follows:   I have a separate gas meter inside my house. After moving into the apartment I applied for the gas connection and paying the monthly bill for the same. Whenever house heater or hot water is started, the meter is running. I am mentioning this because I never got a clear answer from the landlord (Hausverwaltung / Property Management company) about heating situation (Hausverwaltung is pretty clueless and unresponsive).   More information about Sammelheizung as per Google Translation of this page: Under a collective heating all types of heating are to be understood, where the heat and power from a central location from happening. A floor heating or apartment heating (gas, oil, electric heating) that heats all living spaces adequately is equivalent to collective heating.   My case seems to be individual heating and not collective heating. I wanted to confirm my understanding before I write to the property management company. Can someone provide insight on this?   Thanks.  
  2. Construction and renovation works were carried out in the building where I live since 1 year. Many problems occurred because of that, including noise, wholes in the flat, light obstruction because the cover and the security risks that come from the scaffolding...etc. I applied for rent reduction and at the same time sent a notice letter to leave the flat after three months.   Couple of weeks later, the landlord (agency employee) came. I thought he came to verify my claims about the construction damage, instead, he was looking for any damage that I caused. There is nothing significantly wrong with the flat and he did not find any major issues. There was a little bump in the parquet (parkett buche) that he took a picture of.    Today they called me and said there might be water everywhere under the parkett, and the bumps are everywhere (but I really don't see them) and we might have to replace the entire floor, and it's going to be expensive and I have to pay for that. But first they will bring an expert to confirm what they say.   I have two problems with that: - i don't think there is a damage of this magnitude (attached some pictures, maybe I'm wrong) - i don't trust them, and consequently I don't trust there expert   Of course the lawyer option is on the table. But I was wondering if there is anything else I have to pay attention to before I get an appointment with a lawyer.   I have been renting this flat for almost three years.
  3. Renting a flat, but not living there

    Hello, I am my family find ourselves in a rather strange position. We have been in Germany since 8 years, and fulfill all the criteria of citizenship. We live in an apartment that we own. Unfortunately, the responsible person in the Landratsamt is extremely slow. We applied in Jan 2020, and only now he has sent us the list of documents. A complete 1 year later. We spoke to some other people, who also were severely delayed in getting their citizenship. We have some plans, and would like to get the citizenship asap. I fear that if we apply here, it will take forever for our application to get processed.   Meanwhile, friends in the neighboring LRA got theirs in 2 months! Yes, just 2 months from the first contact to the LRA.   We are considering taking up an apartment on rent in that LRA, registering with the Gemeinde, and then applying to that LRA for our citizenship. We do not want to move though. When the citizenship would be done, we would give notice to the landlord. Our financial situation allows us to pay rent (burn money) for the rental apartment for 3/4/5 months, which is what we assume should be enough.   Apart from being a "verruckt" thing to do, and apart from causing the Landlord some strife (because they would have to look for a new tenant soon-ish), I would like to know the legal implications of this. Do we need to disclose categorically to the Gemeinde, that we are not de-registering from our apartment? I guess we could say that we are still looking for a tenant for our apartment. If we do really go this route, what else do we need to think about? I was planning to go once a week or so to air the empty apartment and just check that nothing is wrong.   I know that this sounds extreme, but our frustration with the existing LRA has reached a limit. Phone-calls are not answered, escalations lead to nowhere. Meanwhile, a phone-call to the neighboring LRA was received very pleasantly, and they were like "yeah, just do the Anmeldung, come to me and we will start the process". It is bad luck that we are stuck with the current LRA.   Many thanks, K
  4. Beautiful and well divided 38 m² 1,5 room apartment in a very quiet location near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (2 mins to U1/U3, with all shops close-by (incl Aldi, Lidl, Edeka)) Warm rent 850 € pcm Available from 01 Jan but can also be earlier.   Balcony, Keller, Built-in kitchen, bathtub w/ shower.   See the following link for full details and contact info:
  5. Hi All,   I am wondering if anyone took advantage from rental discount in Berlin after the law taken?   I am over paying to my rent. My landlord, which is a company, is saying that they are following everything in this regard, so I don't need to worry about it. However, they do not even mention discount. I am not sure what should I do. I also don't want to have bad relationship with my landlord   Thanks in advance. 
  6. Hello TTers,   One room apartment is going to be available from Dec 1 (can be rented a bit earlier, negotiable)  It includes: - Separate kitchen  (with fitted kitchen and fridge) - Bathroom with bathtub/shower - Small balcony - Entrance area - Small Keller in the basement - No washing machine (nearest launderette is in Bockenheim) - 3rd floor with lift - Bicycle parking space in  backyard   Size Approx. 24m2. For one person   Location: Westendsud : 5 min walk to U4/Tram16 Festhalle/messe sta, 8 min walk to U6/7 Westend sta Rewe, Bakeries, Cafes, Apotheke within a few minis walk   Warm rent: 550€ (excl. electricity & internet)  Unlimited contract with minimum 1 year  stay   For pics and/ or viewing, Please send a PM.    
  7. I have 2 apartments for renting in Pasing. Both of them are new, just finished the construction.   Description for both apartments: The living room with open kitchen impresses with its spacious and bright living space. The underfloor heating always ensures cozy warmth and a pleasant room climate. The apartment also includes a cellar compartment, an underground parking space and the common use of the storage area for prams and bicycles. The apartment is without a fitted kitchen. Bicycle parking spaces and garbage room / garbage cans above the underground car park.     Apartment 03, ground floor (51 m2 living space): 1 Bedroom, Living Room, American kitchen (without fitted kitchen), 1 Bathroom, Loggia and private garden, and underground parking.  Rent: Apartment 1175 € + Garage 70 € Additional costs (Nebenkosten): 160 € Monthly: 1405 € Deposit = 3 monthly rent from apartment + garage (3735 €)   Apartment 30, second floor (45m2 living space): 1 Bedroom, Living Room, American kitchen (without fitted kitchen), 1 Bathroom, Loggia, and underground parking.  Rent: Apartment 1035 € + Garage 70 € Additional costs (Nebenkosten): 155 € Monthly: 1260 € Deposit = 3 monthly rent from apartment + garage (3315 €)   Email:  
  8. Landlady not replying to termination

    Hi,   My flat mate is leaving for his home country and he sent a notice of termination by email to the owner of the flat. She didn't reply for quite sometime so we both at different times tried to contact heron phone and left whatsapp messages. We were getting worried that if she's all right or not and was almost at the verge of contacting the cops to check on her, she replied on whatsapp. She asked my flat mate on what will be the last date and said okay she will send the confirmation shortly.   It's almost 10 days now and she again stop replying to email/whatsapp/calls. What are our options now? It's been a month after he sent the first notice via email. Also, I should mention that she signed the combined contract with both of us. My assumption is that I don't have to give her a separate notice, am I right?   What can we do now? I'm specially worried because I'm staying in Germany and will have to look for a new flat/room. I'm not going to stay in the same apartment as it's quite big and expensive for just me. What if she doesn't reply at all knowing that she already has my kaution? Or I'm just worrying too much about it?   P.S. I should also mention that the land lady is generally very nice and always responded to our queries/concerns promptly. I just don't know what happened. Recent whatsapp message isn't even delivered to her.   Thanks.
  9. I've been living in the current apartment for over a year. In February I received a letter from the landlord telling us to halt the previously agreed rent increase and continue paying the original rent for now, and saying that they would send the criteria letter a bit later. However, that letter never seems to have arrived.   I wonder if this is a common situation that has happened if the current rent is clearly higher than the Mietendeckel (my apartment is really small but in a central area). I guess if they send the criteria letter now, it would suggest that I should pay a much lower rent, and this would put them in an awkward position? However, it seems that by the Mietendeckel law, the landlord is allowed to continue charging the original rent until 23/11/2020. Therefore, even if there is theoretically a criteria letter that established that the new rent should be lower than the current rent, they can still demand the Mieter to pay the original rent until 23/11/2020. Is this understanding correct?   Maybe they're expecting the Bundesverfassungsgericht to overturn the law. However, I'm not sure what would happen if the decision still doesn't come out on 23/11/2020. That would seemingly cause some uncertainty in Berlin.   I'm wondering if I should simply wait until 23/11/2020 or the decision from Bundesverfassungsgericht, whichever comes earlier, before I take any action. My thought process is that, even if I do demand the criteria letter and receive it now, it doesn't really help me, since the landlord is still allowed to charge the original rent until 23/11/2020. If the law then gets overturned, it would potentially put me in an awkward position, since I don't have any intention of moving out for now.   I have bought legal insurance and my idea is that if things are still up in the air by 23/11/2020 I may contact a lawyer and demand a lower rent. I don't know if starting only then would delay things a bit.   I also have no idea how likely it is for the law to be overturned. From what I've read so far, many people do seem to think that the law will be overturned, but it's not sure when.   Or would it still make sense for me to demand this criteria letter now anyways?
  10. We are married couple (both blue card holders) looking for a house (Semi-detatched, Single family/free standing, end of terrance house...) with at least 4 rooms anywhere in all Berlin. Despite the fact the we have a stable income and we are applying in houses with monthly rent around 30% of our household income, we are not being able to find a house. We are using immoscount24 and we contact properties listed by both private and agencies by email mainly due to lack of knowledge of German. But we send a message in German and we try to call whenever possible. The outcome are always: * No response (especially the private landlord = 100% no response) * Not being selected for the second round after visiting the apartment 1) Please share your knowledge about the house renting situation in Berlin and do you have any tips and advices on how to find a house ?  2) Do you know an agency that can help us find a house  3) Why landlords are not selecting us (We have both a positive Schufa and high income and highly educated, no debts, no pets, positive history with previous landlords...) does that have to do with the fact that we are not Germans ?  Can you please share your knowledge, I'm really puzzled   
  11. Neighbours musicians

    Hi guys and girls. The story is like this. I just moved to a new apartment and figured out that my neighbours are students of music academy. They study piano. Both of them They play the whole day, even on weekends. I've tried to talk with them, I was polite and everything, but they were like "This is your problem". I am a software engineer and work from home, so I need it to be quiet. And even if I wasn't, I still think that I have a right for peace in the apartment that I pay for. The agency, that I rent an apartment from, didn't tell me anything about the noise, although I've asked them about it I have a contract for minimum 1 year of rent, so I can't cancel it. Also, I think it will be hard to find somebody to subrent this place with such neighbours. I was wandering what is the law for musicians in Berlin. I couldn't get it from previous topics in this forum and they are pretty old. Maybe there are some updates for it? Or maybe I can cancel the rent somehow? Somebody have any advice? I don't know German, so I can't go to Tenant Association. I thought about going to lawyer, but how expensive it can be in Berlin?