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Pitfalls you need to know if you plan to increase your income in Germany with a part-time job! (Recession)

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Find out how to properly increase your income during these uncertain times without any pitfalls!

Increase your income in Germany properly: Electricity, gas, petrol and groceries are becoming more and more expensive. Low earners, pensioners and the middle class in Germany are stating to notice the price increases. In order to make ends meet, more and more Germans are earning something extra with a part-time job. Some even have multiple jobs at the same time. This has pitfalls. Find out how to increase your income without getting in trouble.

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Increase your income: Do I have to report a second job?

Even before you accept a part-time job, you must notify your employer. At least if it is agreed in the collective or employment contract.

In order to avoid trouble, you should do it in any case. Because your employer has a legitimate interest in knowing:

● whether your social security situation will change as a result of the part-time job.

● whether the part-time job competes with your main job.

● Whether the statutory rest periods are observed despite the part-time job.

There is a shortage of workers in Germany! Looking for a job? There are up to 1.7 million vacancies. According to employment agencies, the following are sought after:

► 33,073 salespeople

► 24,216 warehouse workers

► 23,892 clerical workers

► 14,967 truck drivers

► 13,927 kindergarten teachers

► 13,722 mechanical engineering specialists

► 12,535 geriatric nurses

► 12,161 nurses

► 11,621 car technicians

► 11,618 cooks

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Do I have to observe rest periods?

Yes. According to the Working Hours Act, employees must have an uninterrupted rest period of at least eleven hours after the end of their daily working hours.

Example: The job starts at 7 am. Then you have to stop working by 8 p.m. the night before. With a second job in gastronomy, you can hardly keep the break.

Can your current boss forbid you from starting a second job?

In Germany, part-time jobs do not have to be approved by the main employer.

▶︎ However, you are obliged to report any sideline work before you start work if this is agreed in the employment contract or collective bargaining agreement or if your employer’s interests are harmed by the sideline job.

If you don’t keep rest periods, your boss can demand that you limit your part-time work. He can even ban the part-time job if the main job suffers as a result.

The employer can also prohibit a second job with a competing company.

Example: The deliverer of a parcel service also delivers parcels from a competing company.

Such a breach of duty can justify a warning and, in serious cases, termination.

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What rights do mini-jobbers have?

If you do not earn more than 450 euros, you are considered a mini-jobber.

When it comes to holiday entitlement, protection against dismissal and holiday pay, you are treated the same as full-time employees.

However, mini-jobbers do not automatically have health and social insurance. Exception:

  • Pensioners with mini-jobs have health insurance through the pension insurance agency.
  • If the mini-job is carried out as a part-time job, you are usually insured for your full-time job.

If a mini-jobber has a main job that is subject to compulsory insurance, he can only do a 450-euro mini-job on the side. If he later takes on one or more 450-euro jobs, these are added to the main job and, with the exception of unemployment insurance, are usually subject to compulsory insurance.

Can you do countless part-time jobs in Germany without a main job?

In principle, it is permissible to carry out several 450-euro mini-jobs at the same time if there is no main employment subject to compulsory insurance.

However, no more than 450 euros may be earned per month in all jobs combined. If the earnings limit is exceeded overall, all jobs are subject to insurance – and therefore no mini-jobs.


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What German landlords can and cannot do – Turn off the water? Ration electricity? Turn down the heating?

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Do you know what German landlords can and cannot do? Do you know how you can defend yourself against any measures taken by your landlord?

German landlords: Energy costs are skyrocketing! Because of rising gas and electricity prices, some landlords in Germany have started to save for the winter. Many find that impossible, Federal Building Minister Klara Geywitz (SPD) even illegal. In Hilden (North Rhine-Westphalia), primary schools and sports clubs will no longer have hot water until autumn.

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Can your German landlord turn off the hot water?

No! The landlord owes the tenant around the clock supply of hot water to the apartment. If the landlord interrupts the water supply, this is a lack of rent and the rent can be reduced.

How much the rent is reduced is always decided individually by the courts. In comparable cases, rent reductions of between 7.5 and 15 percent have been considered appropriate.

Can the landlord lower the water temperature?

The water temperature must be at least 40 to 50 degrees after ten seconds or five liters of water consumption.

︎Below 40 degrees, the tenant can reduce the rent by five to ten percent. A ten percent reduction in rent is possible if the water is only 40 degrees warm after five minutes.

Can the landlord turn off the heating?

That mainly depends on the time of year. As a rule, the period between October 1st and April 30th is considered the heating period. From May 1st, the landlord could switch off the heating completely.

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Can the landlord lower the heating temperature?

Yes. During the winter months, however, a minimum temperature of between 20 and 22 degrees should be reached. However, at night the landlord can lower the temperature to 18 degrees. If it gets colder, you can reduce the rent.

Example: In the event of a 30-day heating failure in the entire apartment, a 50 percent rent reduction can be considered. If the heating fails for only three days, it would be five percent less.

Can the landlord turn off the gas or the electricity at night?

Your German landlord cannot simply turn off gas and electricity or ration them. The supply of energy is also part of the contractual use of the rental apartment.

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How much time does the landlord have to rectify defects?

The experts from the Berlin Tenants’ Association advise that a specific deadline for elimination should be set in a defect report.

▶︎ 14 days are appropriate for normal defects. In the event of a burst pipe, a winter heating failure or other emergencies, the landlord must act immediately.

What if the landlord doesn’t respond?

If the landlord has not repaired the damage despite several reminders, you can withhold part of the rent as a means of pressure.

Caution: If you withhold too much rent, you may be in default of payment. Then there is a risk of termination without notice.

There are no statutory stipulations by what percentage the rent is reduced. The tenancy law does not specify exact rent reduction rates.

Consult in advance with experts from a tenant association or with a legal advisor!

▶︎ If you want to be on the safe side here, you can tell the landlord that the rent will only be paid conditionally. The reduced amount can then be claimed later.

REMEMBER: German landlords are not allowed to change the house rules!

It is not easy to change house rules that are part of the contract. Your landlord may not unilaterally change house rules associated with the rental agreement. It can only be redesigned if the tenants agree.

TIP:

You should think about joining a local tenants association. Find over 300 tenants’ associations in your area HERE. Enter your zip code or a place name and get the full contact details of your local tenant association.


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Do you know about the No-Matter-Where ticket (egal wohin Ticket!) for travel with ICE trains for 39,90 Euros?

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No-Matter-Where ticket! Find out about the Edeka Egal-Wohin-Ticket: All information about the Edeka cheap long-distance train tickets for the ICE trains!

The No-Matter-Where ticket (Egal-Wohin-Ticket) costs 39.90 euros – with the purchase of the “Egal-Wohin-Ticket” customers will receive a booking code for a single journey within Germany. The ticket is valid on long-distance trains (ICE, IC/EC) and local trains (IRE, RE, RB, S-Bahn) of Deutsche Bahn in 2nd class as well as on local trains of non-federally owned railways (NE).

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No-Matter-Where ticket: Deutsche Bahn + Edeka cooperation

Top promotion for everyone looking for cheap long-distance train tickets: Deutsche Bahn is cooperating with Edeka and is bringing the no-matter-where ticket to the following supermarkets:

  • Edeka
  • Marktkauf
  • Budni
  • nah & gut
  • trinkgut

What’s being promoted is an ICE train ticket for travel through Germany in 2nd class for just 39.90 euros!

The “no-matter-where ticket” is available in the participating markets of the Edeka Group for an extremely long time – namely until March 2023; the codes can then be used for train travel until December 2023

▶︎ However, it will probably take until August before the offer arrives in all Edeka stores in Germany. 

Overview: Edeka no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin ticket) 2022 / 2023

Sales periodJuly 4, 2022 to March 31, 2023 in all participating Edeka stores: Edeka, Marktkauf, Budni, nah & gut and trinkgut. Sale only as long as supplies last
Redemption and Travel PeriodRedemption period: July 6, 2022 to June 30, 2023
Travel period: July 6, 2022 to December 9, 2023
Ticket ConditionsValid for a journey within Germany in long-distance and local traffic in 2nd class. Train connection, individual trains cannot be booked
RedemptionYou can redeem your of EDEKA booking codes at bahn.de/egal-wohin-ticket
Booking code must be redeemed no later than 2 days before travel

Deutsche Bahn has a long tradition of issuing a special, inexpensive all-inclusive ticket in cooperation with supermarkets: DB has already cooperated with the Lidl ticket or the Aldi ticket in recent years. However, these tickets were only sold for a few days. In contrast, the Edeka no-matter.where ticket is apparently not only intended as a short-term sales campaign, but will also enable long-term cheap ICE travel.

▶︎ For the first time, Deutsche Bahn is cooperating with Edeka and is bringing a flat-rate ticket to supermarkets that has never existed before: it has a longer sales period until March 2023 and a validity for train travel until December 2023. In contrast to the Aldi ticket, the ticket can also be used on any day; at Aldi, no trips were possible on Friday.

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Where can you buy the Edeka no matter where ticket?

You can purchase a no-matter-where ticket in all participating stores of the Edeka network. These include the Edeka supermarkets themselves, but also Marktkauf, Budni, nah & gut and trinkgut.

It will probably be a while before the tickets are available as gift cards at all ticket offices. It is to be expected that the “no matter where” tickets will not really be available as gift cards in all Edeka stores in Germany until August.

▶︎ Unfortunately you will not be able to purchase no-matter-where ticket and any Netto Marken-Discount, which also belongs to the Edeka Group.

How to redeem the Edeka no-matter-where ticket

When you buy a no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin ticket) in one of the participating Edeka stores, you initially only receive a booking code at the checkout. You then have to redeem this 8-digit code at least 2 days before the desired journey for the train ticket that is then valid on the train. 

This is how you redeem the Edeka no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin ticket) code:

  1. Buy your no-matter-where ticket in one of the participating Edeka stores. You will receive an online booking code on your activation receipt.
  2. Go to bahn.de/egal-wohin-ticket to redeem the booking code of your no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin ticket).
  3. Click on “Redeem booking code” and enter your 8-digit booking code (found on the activation receipt) in the “Enter access code” field.
  4. Select your desired connection and book the no-matter-where ticket.
  5. Finally, print out your ticket or load your ticket into the “DB Navigator” app.
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3 limitations of the Edeka no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin ticket)!

The Edeka no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin Ticket) sounds like a top option for anyone looking for cheap ICE train tickets. However, you should be aware of the following limitations.

Before redeeming your your Edeka booking code for an ICE ticket you should remember that:

1. Edeka train ticket cannot be redeemed for all train connections

A quota applies to the Edeka no-matter-where ticket. This means that the ticket will not be offered on trains that are already heavily used. The aim is to prevent heavily booked trains from having to be cleared. Therefore, customers should switch to trains that can be booked in the system. This can be an earlier or later train on the same desired travel day for the same route. In addition, you must have booked the ticket at least 2 days before the desired trip.

2. No advance check is possible with the Edeka train ticket

You first buy the booking code at the Edeka checkout and can then enter it at bahn.de/egal-wohin-ticket to check whether you can still use the ticket for your desired connection. Since there is no advance availability check and the contingents that apply to the Edeka ticket are not generally known, the purchase is marked with a question mark.

3. No cancellation or exchange possible

Once the Edeka booking code has been redeemed for a ticket, it cannot be canceled or exchanged, as would be possible with a saver price ticket for a fee of €10. In the event of a delay or cancellation of the train, regular passenger rights apply; in this case the ticket will be valued at 19 euros. A BahnCard discount or collecting BahnBonus points is not possible with the Edeka no matter where ticket.

FAQs: Edeka no-matter-where ticket (egal wohin Ticket)

Where can I buy the no-matter-where ticket?

The no-matter-where ticket is sold in all participating stores of the Edeka Group. These include Edeka, Marktkauf, Budni, nah & gut and trinkgut.

Which trains can I use with the no matter where ticket?

All domestic German trains for local and long-distance traffic in 2nd class. You must agree on a train connection in advance; the train connection then applies. Individual trains may be excluded from the booking.

How do I redeem the Edeka no matter where ticket?

Enter the booking code that you received when you made your purchase in the Edeka stores at bahn.de/egal-wohin-ticket and then book the ticket. Please note: You must have booked the tickets at least 2 days before the planned trip.

How long is the Edeka no matter where ticket available?

The no-matter-wohin ticket is available in the participating stores of the Edeka Group until March 2023, while stocks last. The codes can then be used for train journeys until December 2023!

Can I exchange or cancel the Egal-Wohin ticket?

Once you have exchanged the booking codes for a train ticket, the no-matter-wohin ticket cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Can I take my children with me for free with the Egal-Wohin ticket?

Children up to the age of 5 generally travel for free and do not need a ticket. Children from 6 up to and including 14 years of age travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult if the number of children is stated at the time of booking.


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Zamanand Festival! New festival planned in Munich to replace Streetlife

With the Zamanand Festival, former organizers of the Streetlife Festival are planning a new edition of the popular festival in September in cooperation with the department for climate and environmental protection and M-net. Save the dates! September 10th to 11th!

Zamanand Festival means a car-free weekend on Leopoldstrasse and Ludwigstrasse in Munich, a festival from Odeonsplatz to the Siegestor (a 3.5 kilometer party strip!) – which sounds like the popular Steetlife festival!

Welcome to the Zamanand!

▶︎ From Odeonsplatz all the way around the Siegestor, the motto is: Welcome to the country of Zamanand! The topics of sustainability and climate protection remain the focal points.

After a two-year Corona break and due to the reorientation of the Streetlife festival organizer Green City eV, which would like to focus on other areas in the future, Munich can once again look forward to a car-free weekend on Ludwigstrasse and Leopoldstrasse. 

With the Zamanand Festival, the organizers, in cooperation with the department for climate and environmental protection and the sponsoring partner M-net, continue to stand for social and cultural diversity and, as a result, for economic and ecological sustainability.

Zamanand Festival is a continuation of a Munich tradition

Mayor Dieter Reiter takes over the patronage again: “I am very pleased that this street festival, which has been firmly anchored in the city’s calendar of events for around 20 years, is being continued under a new name. I would especially like to thank the organizers for the creative ideas and the committed implementation.”

Zamanand Festival is the Open-air festival on the streets of Munich just life Streetlife was


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Now you can dispose of electronic waste in German supermarkets!

Whoever sells it must also take it back! – This also applies to supermarkets in Germany from July 2022. Electronic waste such as disused electric toothbrushes, toasters and computers can now also be returned to such shops in Germany!

Electronic waste disposal in Germany: In order to increase the quantity of recycled electronics, the German government is expanding the existing take-back obligations for retailers of electrical appliances to discounters, supermarkets and other food retailers with the amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. Here is an overview of questions and answers of who can dispose of which devices where – and why you should do so:

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Collection points for electronic waste in Germany

Supermarkets must set up a recognizable collection point after having a transitional period that ended on June 30, 2022.

The prerequisite is:

  • The supermarket has a total sales area of at least 800 square meters
  • They themselves offer electrical appliances several times a year permanently. The regular sale of lamps (eg LEDs) is sufficient for this. 

▶︎ Up to three old electronic devices with an edge length of up to 25 cm (centimeters) should also be able to be handed in there. This rule applies regardless of the new purchase of an item and also for products that were not previously purchased from this store or the same chain. 

▶︎ Anything larger than 25 cm can only be handed over to a food retailer if a comparable product is bought there, for example as part of a campaign. 

German supermarkets will start displaying a uniform logo to make is easier for people to identify collection points.

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How do you get rid of the old washing machine or the broken dishwasher? I just bought a new one!

▶︎ Broken and discarded devices can usually be handed in free of charge at the municipal recycling center. In various municipalities there is also the offer to have electrical appliances picked up from the property or from the apartment. According to the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU), this is subject to a fee.

▶︎ You can also return electronic devices to the store if it is a large retailer. The advantage of returning the device via a retailer: If you buy a device there and have it delivered to your home, you often have the option of giving the old model directly with you. Travel routes and your own towing are no longer necessary. Specialist dealers in the field of electrical appliances are already obliged to take them back if they have a sales area of ​​more than 400 square meters

Can I just return all old appliances to the supermarket in Germany?

▶︎ The supermarket only has to accept large appliances such as washing machines, microwaves and televisions, lawn mowers and large lamps free of charge if a corresponding new appliance of the same type is purchased.

In most cases, the return is not tied to a new purchase. For smaller devices up to 25 centimeters in size, such as a cell phone, electric toothbrush or similar, shops must accept the broken parts without buying a new part in exchange, nor does the device have to have been purchased from the same shop. 

The shop is obliged to accept up to three old devices per type of device free of charge. According to the German Environmental Aid, a violation of this obligation to take back can result in a fine of up to 100,000 euros.

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What about online trading?

Here, too, there will be an improvement for buyers from July 1, 2022: Even small online retailers will then have to offer free collection and disposal for every purchase of new devices. According to the North Rhine-Westphalia consumer advice center (VZ NRW), the law even provides for dealers to actively point out this possibility.

The take-back obligation already applies to large online retailers of electrical appliances with a shipping and storage area of ​​more than 400 square meters. The buyers can either send in the old devices in a package or give them to a local collection point named by the online retailer. Or you can exchange the old device for the new model directly upon delivery.

The information on how an online retailer handles the return is often quite hidden. But according to the AER Foundation, the company must ensure that there is a return option for customers throughout Germany and within a reasonable distance.


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