What is the law here where you go into a shop and the item you have taken from the shelf has a price marked on it but when you get to the counter the cashier tells you that the price shown was incorrect and you have to pay more? In the UK the shop has to sell the item for the price marked (even though you sometimes have to battle for it due to the ignorance of most shop assistants regarding the law plus the fact the computer cannot handle it...) - the legal term I think is "invitation to treat". Do similar laws exist in Germany? It is infuriating and embarrassing when it happens. Thanks Hel
Hi there,Could anybody please help with some advice on how to become an estate agent, dealing in property in Germany? After having lived in Reutlingen for many years, I'd like to explore something of a change of career and there aren't that many English-speaking agents in this part of the world... This may be little window of opportunity for me.Unfortunately, though, I have no idea where to start!Many thanks in advance for any responses.Roger.
In Germany I notice that used cars are usually advertised as being "VAT reclaimable" or "VAT not reclaimable". What is the difference? Why is VAT reclaimable on some vehicles but not on others? And under what circumstances is one allowed to reclaim VAT?I have not seen this with a used car in either the UK or France, so why is this the case in Germany?PCG
Hello Myself and my partner invested in a Solar Panel plant in Germany in 2008, with the intention of it contributing to our pension when we retire. To cut a long story short, the investment is making good earnings however we have encountered a number of issues along the way, most of which have been resolved with the assistance and good work by our accountant in Germany. We have however been treated quite unfairly by our German Bank in one way or another and we are wondering if there is a Financial Regulating Body in Germany that we may be able to discuss our situation to. In Ireland, if there has been any wrong doings by any financial institution, one can approach the Financial Regulator to investigate these matters. We are also looking to acquire past information about a company from whom we purchased our Solar Plant from. They have since gone into liquidation and by doing so left us with a number of problems of which are only finally being resolved after a number of years and many 1000's of Euros. Here in Ireland we are able to find out information and history about a company should one need to. If you could be so kind as to direct us in the right direction, any assistance at this time would be most appreciated. Kindest RegardsMike and Michael
hi, i hope someone can help me with some info. i'm a dual citizen ( italian and U.S.) residing in Germany. i wanted to know if there is a German or foreign firm that can offer retirement/pension planning funds for non Germans living in Germany. Sounds complicated. i know that a U.S. firm will not permit to have funds without have a U.S. residence.any ideas?thanks
When I left Berlin at the end of November, my landlord said he needed a few days to refund my deposit and promised to deposit it directly into my bank account. (I know, a sucker is born every day, but we were on very friendly terms.) Needless to say, that did not happen, and now he doesn't communicate. As I say, we were on good terms and I was a good, responsible tenant. I managed to reach a relative, who got him to say that he was waiting for the electricity and water bills -- presumably to deduct, though he never said anything about that. Can someone help with information on German law as applies to rental deposits? I heard that the law allows landlords to hold onto the deposit for six months, for instance. Any information would be appreciated.