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I own 3 apartments in one building in Nürnberg, and rent two of them out furnished. The corridors are like a hotel corridor with about 20 apartments on either side. I'm on very good terms with the housemiester. Opposite one of my apartments lives a crazy woman with a Greek name. She cooks with fish a lot, and then leaves her stinking rubbish outside the door. She doesn't abandon it, she just leaves it there until she's going downstairs, but of course it stinks up the whole corridor. Naturally my tenant complains. Once I confronted her myself and told her she should not leave her garbage in the corridor. I can't remember her exact response but it was a combination of aggressive and nonsensical. Two years ago a tenant came home to find underwear hanging on his door. If it was hers and probably was that would be revolting. She is not a slim, well kept old lady. Now my current tenant came back 2 weeks holiday to find the lock super glued, and something smeared on the door. I didn't understand exactly what but I think some kind of paint. I contacted the house administration and asked for the contact details of her landlord, which they said the cannot give me because of data security. So I replied the tenant was always terrorising my tenants, and had now gone over the top. Where do we go from here? They replied they would ask the owner for permission to give me his details. Now I can't prove it although it is obvious it was she who glued the locks, and deposited the underwear. Mounting a camera watching my apartment's door would be a lot of effort and probably useless for evidence? Presumably I can formally complain about the garbage in the corridor. How and to whom? Superglueing the locks is criminal damage. Does it make sense to complain to the police. Would they be obliged to investigate and interview her? Well I'm looking for ideas going forward. I think the root problem is the smelly garbage. Tenants complain directly to her, and become her enemy.
charliemaa posted a topic in LegalHello, I'm in a bit of a mess with my landlord and I would appreciate advice. We moved out of our flat in Berlin one month ago and the landlord is holding our deposit because of additional costs to paint and clean the apartment, which he says he is still assessing and will have totaled in one week. I'm happy to meet my obligations here, but the tone of the email is aggressive and exaggerated which makes me think he is trying to find excuses to take as much money as possible. I'd like your help in getting as much of my deposit back as possible. Here are the facts: - We lived there for just over two years. The flat was freshly renovated when we moved in. - We did not join the tenancy association. - The flat was mostly very clean when we left. However, we did not repaint the walls, and the windows were a little dirty. - Our lease says the tenant must repaint the walls when moving out. - The landlord viewed the apartment twice with us; once with workmen a few days before we left while we were still packing, and once when we had moved out to hand over the keys. - Both times the landlord said everything looked okay. On the second walk-through he specifically looked at the walls and said they looked fine. There were some small holes we had patched up and I had mentioned this to him ahead of time; he couldn't find them. He said the condition of the flat was "normal". - We signed something after the seocnd walkthrough. I'm not sure what we signed and we haven't located it. - I have a vague memory that the landlord said he would take a closer look at the flat later on. There was a pretty strong language barrier so I'm not sure about this. - While all this was going on we were moving to France and dealing with a dying family member, which is why we didn't have our shit together and can't find the paper. - I emailed the landlord a month later to inquire about our deposit, and in response he said the condition of the flat was poor, he couldn't rent it in that condition, we were supposed to paint the walls, it took longer than normal to prepare because of all the dirt, especially on the windows and shutters (he mentioned nothing else specific) and he's still tallying costs. Also apparently we owe extra money for utilities? So given all this, I have two questions. One, am I responsible for the cost of painting and cleaning? Two, how should I respond to minimize the amount I have to pay? I talked to a German friend and she said it sounds like we already did our final inspection with the landlord and they're not allowed to come back with additional costs after the fact. Looking back it was confusing as to whether the keys handover was actually also a final inspection or not. I think the landlord made this ambiguous on purpose. If it wasn't a final inspection, then he did the inspection without us present and I would never have agreed to that if I'd known that was his plan. While I look for the paper we signed, any advice on this topic? Is the landlord allowed to add damages and costs after an inspection and giving a verbal okay? Next, were we actually responsible for painting the walls again? We didn't do so because we thought the obligation was to return the apartment in the condition we received it, and after only two years the walls look good as new after we patched a few holes. Does the fact that the landlord looked at the walls and said they were okay mean anything? Also I found reference to a 2004 court decision mentioned here on Toytown that said tenants could not be forced to make reonavtions that were unnecessary -- but unfortunately the link I found was broken. Anyone know? Finally, supposing we are responsible for having the windows cleaned, and possibly the paint job, is there any way I can ensure the landlord doesn't inflate the costs here and charges a reasonable amount? (I also suspect he might charge for repainting and pocket the money, because the walls are fine). I got quotes online and it ranges between 350 and 650. To clean the windows I got a quote of 60 euros. The landlord has not yet told me how much he expects it to cost. Can I request he use services I quoted and ask for receipts? Finally any further advice about this? Should I get a lawyer involved? The amount of the deposit was 1900 euro and I would really like to get most of it back if possible! Thanks very much!