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4 dirty tricks Berlin landlords might try to pull on you

With so much demand for housing in Berlin and an offer that simply cannot provide for everyone, pressure has increased tremendously for tenants when looking for a flat. It requires more organisation, more perseverance & more flair than ever. It also requires speed as you have to be fast to make decisions.

When there are 30 other applicants waiting in line for the same flat,  some people may sometimes take advantage of your weakened position and trick you.

This increasingly competitive environment has led some individuals with loose moral to trick unaware flat-hunters into some bad schemes. Here is a quick best-of, provided by our friends at Wunderflats.

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Portraits series

“You may be laughing, but if you don’t run you won’t get a ticket.”

Our series of expat portraits continues in 2016 and we are again meeting someone from across the atlantic. We meet Paola, a young american woman, who came to Berlin for someone, and stayed for someone too.

Introduce yourself in a few words

My name is Paola. I am from the city of Atlanta in the United States. I am in the Ad-Tech industry, enjoy art, and making my own furniture. I love food, maybe too much.

Why did you move to Berlin and why you stayed?

I moved here for love (cheesy, I know). I guess I stayed because of love too (and the amount of vacation days). I moved here from NYC and initially thought it would be too “small”, but Berlin has something for everyone!

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If you want to make a donation & help refugees around Berlin

Giving to refugees in Berlin

Hi everyone. I’m sure you have seen it everywhere on the news : a crisis. lots of refugees. It’s probably the biggest challenge for Europe right now.

All those events are way beyond our scale of power, influence or understanding. However, It feels like we could assist a little the effort of supporting those people leaving everything behind to come to Europe & to come to Berlin.

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Subleting a flat – Those are the 3 legalities you should pay attention to

Once you have arrived in Germany, you will need a place to live. No question. It will be cheapest to share a room in an apartment by becoming a subtenant. When you rent an apartment, you will need to know a lot of rules. This article is to brief you on what you ought to know for general orientation.

First thing is to find such offer. University students post their empty rooms on the blackboards on campus. Another possibility will be with classifieds in local magazines. After visiting and testing many possibilities, you finally found something suitable and affordable. Good work! Continue Reading…

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Growing up and taking a language course – die DeutSCHule

Ever since i got to Berlin, i always counted on my notions of German to get me through what i thought would be a short & fun stay in this beautiful city. I had learned German for a year during high-school.

As time went by, the short stay became a longer one, and before i knew it, i had actually settled here. Since it was never the plan to stay here for good, i didn’t take German too seriously but still trying to learn as much as i could to escape the usual expats crowds and discover what was beyond the obvious “scene”.

It was never an scholar approach anyway; “Just speak the street-german, you’ll be fine”, i told myself many times.

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A new look and looking forward – celebrating 4 years

Licensed under creative commons 2.0 on Flickr . Jun Seita

If you are regular, you may have noticed that SiB has been updated with a slick new look which i hope will put content even more forward.

The last look was as old as 2011 when i first started this blog, with the aim of making the life of new expats easier. With humble beginnings, i’m proud to see SiB become more impactful with time.

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A check list made awesome : SiB has a timeline

Hello there,

I know, i know. It’s not easy. You have your dream in sight. You finally took a decision to move to Berlin. So what’s wrong ?

Well, there are so many things to take care of to just do that. That’s what wrong.

A job, a visa, a place to live, a social life, a date with Scarlett Johansson, a pink rabbit; and the list of items keeps growing !

I have been through that. For such a big move in your life, it’s hard to know where to start. It can really bring your motivation down.

But sometimes all you really need is a good check-list to move your project forward.

Behold my friend of the interwebs, this is where i come in. I made a timeline that lists all the main things to take care off in what i think is the right order.

You will find there

I hope it helps :). Let me know what you think or if i missed some elements to tick off.

Good Luck

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