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Owning a house is possible in Thailand, but only if you build it yourself, and submit lots of paperwork. You do not own the land on which the house is situated, though. Foreigners can not own land in Thailand. (Think: "ไผทของไทยทุกส่วน" from the national anthem - they really mean it!) A company is a legal entity, and can own land - and there are two ways (...


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“Dossier” simply means “file” implying all the documents you need to submit or even simply your “case”. It's not something you get and use everywhere but just whatever you need to put together for a given purpose. A little more context would therefore be needed to give more details. For example, in the sentence “your dossier doesn't need to be nearly as big ...


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The dossier is just a bunch of documents. Generally they ask for: a work contract, or some document proving you have a job proof of your salary (either 3 last paychecks, or your work contract again) proof that you paid your taxes, if you lived in france before a copy of your Carte de Séjour or other ID (passport or EU id) usually a copy of your RIB (bank ...


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I am also not a lawyer, not Dutch, and have no Dutch legal experience. Still, I am absolutely sure they have no legal basis to demand payment. Rental agreements which involve contracts are concluded only when all of the following happen: The contract is signed by both parties The apartment is cleared for use by the tenant The keys are given to the tenant ...


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As the husband of an EU citizen, you are entitled to a free visa. In the application, you will have to show that you are married to your wife, of course. Beyond that, there are only very limited grounds for refusal of the visa. See the EU information page at http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=457. With this visa, you can move to Germany together ...


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It's 99% certainly a scam. The exact same thing happened to me twice when I was in your position, including the passport scan. Guy said he was working in the UK and wanted to rent out his apartment, in a very good location in Amsterdam, for a low price. Don't bother verifying his passport. I'm sorry to have to break it to you; I realize you wanted the ...


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With a few notable exceptions like cars, petrol and tobacco, most things are more expensive in Luxembourg than in neighbouring countries, there is no way around that. Wages tend to match the cost of living, the minimum wage is the highest in the EU and your salary is also probably higher than what you would get in most other universities (except perhaps ...


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Finding an apartment on its own doesn't justify this being an expat question, but since I've done this myself AND know there are some expat issues with doing so, I'll address those. It takes time. Many agents will just add you to their email lists for listings. There might be some who will take you around, but most just run open homes and deal with the ...


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(Partial answer) As mentioned on https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F31267, it is legal for the owner to require a garantor (a caution), notice that it is not mandatory. La présentation d'une caution n'est pas une obligation légale. Toutefois, un bailleur peut exiger la présence d'une caution pour louer son logement. En pratique, ...


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As promised, I am completing my comment with an answer. As @audionuma mentioned, the housing market in Paris is quite difficult, even for locals. Indeed, it is technically illegal to refuse a guarantor because s/he is not French or doesn't live in France. Here is what the law states (article 22-1 of the law regarding rentals, modified by the latest ...


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TL;DR: Sorry, expecting to find an apartment in 10 days is completely unrealistic. First, the background: in Australia, it's illegal for a real estate agent to take a commission from a tenant, they make all their money from the landlord. Second, Australian laws are structured so that it's very difficult for a landlord to kick out a tenant once they've ...


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If you're looking for Rental Properties in Puerto Rico you can probably start with Ecuentra24, Zillow, or try contacting local real estate agencies like Ramon Ferreira for more information.


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I just went through this process. The key thing I did not realize is that UK credit, credit history, debts and earnings are separate from the US. This means I was able to qualify for a US mortgage even without selling my home in the UK. It also meant that having filed my US taxes was key as that proved my earnings. I would suggest making sure all of your ...


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I suspect it often means slightly more than just expats, it means "expats who are backed by a large company". The reasons are probably: Increased willingness to pay high rents, and less likelihood to take the landlord to court over rent disputes.


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All VVEs must register themselves at the local Chamber of Commerce ("Kamer van Koophandel" or "KVK"). That doesn't mean that all of them do, but a block of flats probably has a registered VVE. You can search for registered entitites at https://www.kvk.nl/orderstraat/bedrijf-kiezen/ . Try your street name and see if your flat comes up; most VVEs have names ...


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I'm not a lawyer. I'm writing here to give you first support and I hope someone with proper knowledge will help you. Please do not take this answer as final. First, during my living in the Netherlands, I found that Dutch are operating a lot with common sense. The law is trying to protect the weakest party, which in this situation you are. I don't know you ...


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First of all, get some evidence: A signed written requirement is best; a voice recording is good (and make a transcript); a clear email exchange is not so great, but might do. And now for some actual suggestions: (Note that some are complementary while some are contradictory) Find a Dutch person to help you with this. Preferably a personal friend or co-...


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Yes, technically it is possible to apply for an apartment from a housing association before arriving in the country. However, you will need to supply a local address, which could be a future address, if you have one, or your work address. It may take more than a month before you get your first offer, so indeed you can save a bit of time by applying earlier ...


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I was looking for a flat about two years ago. In general, it is difficult, if you are not speaking Dutch. Most apartments in the inner city are under strict rent control/social housing regulations, that means that you cannot rent an apartment without a ten-year (no joke) application process. I would look at the following places: funda.nl Housing in ...


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Generally speaking, your mother is not entitled to any benefits under current EU rules. Pensioners are free to live wherever they like in the EU but as “non-economically active persons”, which means in particular that they should have: comprehensive health insurance cover there sufficient income (from any source) to live without needing income ...


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Forget about a house, at least in the big cities. They're very rare and for the very, very wealthy. Koreans have developed a taste for high-rises, which come in all kinds of price ranges. Most jobs in Korea do not come with housing. Jobs that do are (1) senior managers and (2) expats, ie people sent from overseas to Korea by the company. If you can find ...


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I can highly recommend looking at Solna, it's a great neighborhood which is very near to downtown and quick to commute. It's very green and has nice restaurants and shops. Apartment prices in Solna are also not nearly as inflated as other parts of town. Realistically, as an expat you'll have a very difficult time finding a rental apartment in Stockholm, so ...


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http://www.city-data.com/forum/ - you can get responses from people living there. For SF, http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco-oakland/


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Most places are cat-friendly. Only a few of the more pricey condos don't allow pets. Some will restrict the maximum size of dogs. So you see a lot of little yappy dogs. The main issue with cats in Thailand is that it is hot here, and my cats (which I brought from Seattle) had a difficult time adjusting to the heat and the bugs. You need to be a lot more ...


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A foreign national cannot own land in Thailand..... But, you can LEASE the land for up to 30 years, and then build what you want on top of it. You can also add a provision to have the right to renew the lease for 30 more years. You can then also sub-lease the land or pass on the lease rights to another foreign national. But this lease needs to be ...


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I put "periódicos de Puerto Rico" to Google and got at least a dozen listings of Puerto Rican newspapers. Went to the classifieds of the first one and found that you can rent a house for anywhere from $400 a month to $8000 a month. (Nope, no typo there--both prices on the same page.) I realize that your limited Spanish probably would not allow you to do ...


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A secure first step might be to find yourself a real-estate agent that can assist you on location. They will generally be able to do all of the paperwork for you and it usually shouldn't cost you anything either. (They tend to take a payment from the landlord for finding them a tenant - at least that's what it was like for us.) Now, you need to be sure you ...


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Yes. To register you need a confirmation from the landlord called "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung". You can find pre-prints online, also some in English. With that form you register at the "Bürgerbehörde" or "Einwohnermeldeamt". It is definitely possible as part of a WG (shared flat), in fact I am registered that way right now. Just ask your landlord as soon as ...


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For US taxes, you'll be able to utilize the capital gains tax exemption as long as you've lived in the house as your primary residence for 2 of the previous 5 years, which means you have 3 years to decide what to do. For Canadian taxes, you don't have to pay capital gains taxes on a home for any period of time it was your permanent residence. Calculating it ...


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TL/DR: It's normal. A "normal" non-doppel Makler, when tasked with finding people to buy/rent a realty, is basically a salesperson with the goal to make the landlord happy (and not you). A Doppelmakler, on the other hand, wants to be a neutral middleman who tries to find the best fit for both sides, and who will tell you all disadvantages of a certain ...


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