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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

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 ...
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Moving to Germany

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 ...
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Netherlands housing rental - I might be getting scammed, how to avoid that?

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, ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

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 ...
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French housing agencies refuse to accept a foreign guarantor

(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 ...
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Rentals to "expats only" in Copenhagen Denmark

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 ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

I experienced a similar issue in Rotterdam where an agency (Domica, MaxRentals) charged me € 350 in advance in order to secure the house. I complied and paid in order to get the house. After that I ...
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Netherlands - How can I avoid paying contract costs to real estate agency?

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 ...
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Painting cost and Mietausfall after leaving the apartment

While Mark did a good job at summarising everything relevant concerning the painting cost (€1400 – which you will definitely have to pay unless you somehow manage to prove that that be way above ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

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 ...
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Housing in South Korea

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 ...
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How to get VVE (Vereniging van Eigenaars/Homeowner association) contact details in Holland?

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 ...
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Is it possible to apply an apartment from boligforening in Denmark before arriving in the country?

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, ...
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Can I apply for a German registration certificate [Meldeschein] as a resident of a flat-share?

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" ...
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Capital gains on US property while living abroad

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 ...
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What are the key factors to consider renting vs. buying real estate in Thailand?

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 ...
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Renting an apartment in Austria: what is a "double broker"?

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 ...
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Painting cost and Mietausfall after leaving the apartment

This depends on the conditions of your contract. Does it require you to renovate before leaving? If yes, was it a renovated condition when you moved in? If both answers are yes and they had to ...
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What is this white tube above the window in my apartment letting in cold air?

Lucky you added midi to your question. It allows a regulated input of fresh air without having to open a window. The previous renter probably left it there. See product information (in English) ...
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Is it possible to rent housing in the Netherlands as an international student (EU) without going there beforehand?

If you want to be the victim of a rent-forwarding scam, then yes... That is, it is not uncommon for people to publish a supposed rental property, suggesting that you sign a contract over the Internet, ...
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Which are good affordable localities to stay for someone working in Coolsingel Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a safe, expat-friendly city and you can find affordable housing within the city itself. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Netherlands or not, but in urban areas, you are never ...
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Planning to rent my fully paid house for periods of 1-max 2 years. Any issue with it?

I've heard that there might be some restrictions by the government, that could not allow me to do that more than a few times. Is that true? Not quite. Based on this report it seems the Dutch ...
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What is a fast way to get a cheap apartment in Stockholm, Sweden?

We used Blocket to find an apartment to rent, and it also advertises rooms in shared houses. Prices vary as it covers all sorts of places in a variety of areas - I expect you can find some cheaper ...
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Having 2 addresses in Germany

Important is only where you are living if you have moved out of the old flat, you are no longer living there it does not matter if the contract still continues for a while When you register for the ...
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How can I rent my first home in Ireland?

I strongly advice you finding a job in Dublin BEFORE relocating. It will significantly simplify the quest. The housing process is the following: 1.1. You could arrange just a short stay rent from ...
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Am I a permanent resident?

The European health insurance card is not relevent here. It is for visitors from one EU country to another, not residents. Your tax records and other evidence of employment/ self employment should be ...
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Netherlands - Rental agency is forcing me to accept a contract

Verbal contracts have some binding in most countries; but they cannot ever force you to sign a contract. Worst case you are liable to pay for the effort they undertook in good faith to prepare ...
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Rental contract concerns?

Note that there is a common document of terms and conditions which (apply to / are the default template for) all rental contracts and supposedly follow from Dutch law; read its translation into ...
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