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Clauses with rigid deadlines are invalid
It is estimated that more than every second rental contract still contains renovation clauses that are ineffective. This is particularly about rigid deadlines for renovation. For example, it is often stipulated in the rental agreement that the bathroom and kitchen must be repainted every three years, and living rooms and bedrooms every five years.
However, the Federal Court of Justice declared the corresponding clauses to be ineffective. According to the judges, they paid too little attention to whether there was actually a need for renovation. The compensation clause that tenants with a relatively short rental period would ask to pay for cosmetic repairs – again regardless of the actual need – are ineffective.
Cosmetic repairs may be requested
If you are not bound by rigid deadlines in the rental agreement, cosmetic repairs may be mandatory for the tenant. They should then be based on normal wear and tear. In principle, the owner is responsible for maintaining the apartment.
However, the tenant may delegate the duty to paint or lime the walls and ceilings. The same applies to painting floors, door and window frames as well as radiators and heating pipes.
This work also falls under the umbrella term of cosmetic repairs and is therefore covered by the common renovation clauses.
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Have the contract checked before work
Since there are many uncertainties and new jurisprudence in connection with renovation clauses, tenants should ideally have their rental agreement checked before a renovation. The tenants’ association can be the right contact here.
Attack on OPEC? In 2015, Russia produced more oil than ever since the end of the Soviet Union. Despite the drop in oil prices, production rose to more than 534 million tons or an average of 10.73 million barrels a day from 10.58 million barrels in the previous year.
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The Ministry of Energy in Moscow announced. And the upward trend continues: In December there was even a high of 10.83 million barrels a day after 10.78 million in November.
Along with the USA and Saudi Arabia, Russia is one of the largest oil producers in the world. The state owns more than 50 percent of the Russian oil industry. Raw material exports are a crucial source of income.
However, the massive drop in the price of oil is tearing deep holes in the budget and exacerbating the economic crisis in the largest country on earth. Experts nevertheless expect a further increase in oil production in 2016.
Oil price will continue to fall
This should increase the pressure on the oil price. Due to oversupply and poor prospects for the global economy, this has recently fallen to its lowest level in eleven years and has plummeted by 70 percent in the past year and a half.
But Russia is not willing to cut production to support the price – as the Opec cartel is calling for. But even their member states were unable to agree on a throttle at their last meeting in December.
The big ones are not to blame
Production in the non-OPEC country of Russia was even higher than expected by the government in Moscow. Especially small and medium-sized companies in the industry have produced more oil, said the energy ministry. They would have used lower costs in the wake of the weak ruble. At the industry giants Rosneft and Lukoil, on the other hand, production fell slightly.123helpme.me
The troubled Russian economy is heavily dependent on oil, which, together with natural gas, is the country’s most important export. The fall in prices is therefore also having a significant impact on public finances. Russia’s oil production has grown steadily since 1998, with a small drop in 2008.
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From Thursday, a new mask requirement applies in the Düsseldorf state parliament. Violations can result in a fine of up to 100,000 euros or a ban on the house. A decision by the Council of Elders on Wednesday will now be implemented by the state parliament, according to a statement. According to its own information, the AfD parliamentary group is examining legal steps against the mask requirement and the fine. According to the state parliament, the gigantic sum is a theoretical value – how high the penalty payment would be in the end must be clarified on a case-by-case basis.
So far, the state parliament has only had the “urgent request” to wear a mask. The pandemic parliamentary crisis team agreed on the obligation last week. It will not apply in plenary sessions or large committee rooms if the members of parliament are sitting in their half-open acrylic glass booths. “The speakers in the plenary hall are also allowed to take off their mouth and nose covers on the lectern,” the decision said.
In addition: “In the state parliament restaurant and at the coffee bar, the mouth and nose cover can be removed from the table,” according to the order, as it was published on Wednesday. The mask can also be removed during interviews and at the desk – if you are sitting alone in the room or if there is a minimum distance from colleagues.
“People who do not adhere to the mask requirement are threatened with a fine,” the state parliament said in its ruling. According to the Administrative Enforcement Act, this could be set “at an amount of up to 100,000 euros,” the order says. In addition, a house ban is possible.
Those who make it credible that they cannot wear a mask must wear a visor (“face shield”) according to the decree. If this is still “impossible or unreasonable”, you have to submit a medical certificate.
The parliamentary groups, with the exception of the AfD, agreed in advance about the introduction of the mask requirement. The AfD parliamentary group had announced that it would not agree to the council of elders. Legal steps against the decision on mask compulsory and penalty payments would be discussed in the parliamentary group, so the parliamentary director Andreas Keith.
In other federal states, the local AfD MPs had already taken action against the mask requirement in the respective state parliaments. The Bavarian Constitutional Court, for example, rejected an application for an interim order against the mask requirement in the Munich state parliament.
In a letter to all North Rhine-Westphalian MPs, which the dpa has received, State Parliament President André Kuper referred on Wednesday to the high number of infections in the country and especially in Düsseldorf. There is still no vaccine, the hospitals are filling up and the health authorities are not keeping up with the contact follow-up. “It is therefore urgently necessary that we all commit ourselves to protecting against infection,” appealed to the MPs.
In his letter he announced that the mask requirement in the state parliament would initially apply until January 22nd. Then the situation will be reassessed.
The construction of a nationally significant memorial on the area of the former prisoner of war camp Stalag 326 is supported by the federal government with around 25 million euros. The budget committee of the German Bundestag made the funds available on Thursday, as the local Bundestag members Achim Post (SPD) and Wiebke Esdar (SPD) announced. “The place is an admonition to strive for peace again and again, to seek reconciliation again and again,” said Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of the “Neue Westfälischen” (Friday) published in Bielefeld.
75 years after the liberation of the camp in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, representatives of the state thought of the numerous victims at the beginning of October. In front of around 100 guests, Laschet and State Parliament President André Kuper (both CDU) remembered the suffering of around 300,000 mostly Soviet prisoners of war who were held in the camp on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest from 1941 to 1945. Around 65,000 of them are said to have died there.
US soldiers liberated the camp on April 2, 1945. It was one of the largest camps on the territory of the German Empire. According to the “Neue Westfälische” report, the memorial that has been planned for years will cost 50 million euros. There is great hope that the country will now provide the other half of the money, it said.
SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Kutschaty wants to be briefed by the state government in the state parliament before every corona summit between the prime ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). This is ultimately also provided for in the state constitution. The opposition leader reacted to a speech by Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) on Wednesday morning. His statements were vague. State Parliament President André Kuper urged calm several times during Kutschaty’s speech after heckling from the CDU parliamentary group, among others.
The victims of war and violence in North Rhine-Westphalia were commemorated on Sunday with wreath-laying ceremonies and events in schools and churches. A central commemoration ceremony was canceled for the first time in the history of North Rhine-Westphalia due to the corona pandemic. Instead, leading politicians expressed themselves in video messages.
The many victims reminded people that peace cannot be taken for granted, said NRW Vice Prime Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) according to a statement. “We have to stand up for our values and ensure peace and understanding,” said Stamp.
“Let us contradict those who incite and stir up hatred,” demanded SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Kutschaty. He is also the chairman of the Volksbund Deutscher Kriegsgräberfürsorge in NRW.
The fact that there is no central commemoration on the day does not mean that the commemoration has to be waived, emphasized State Parliament President André Kuper. In many cities there were small commemorative events with few participants. In Cologne, for example, wreaths were to be laid without public in the church ruins Alt St. Alban on Sunday morning. “We commemorate those who fell in the war, the missing, wounded, displaced, persecuted and killed. We bow to the victims of the Nazi terror,” said Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker.
According to the Volksbund, there are around 333,000 war graves in North Rhine-Westphalia in more than 2,000 locations. More than half of those buried there are foreigners.
As a result of the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, there are also some new faces in the state parliament. State Parliament President André Kuper signed four new MPs on Wednesday – three from the CDU and one from the SPD – after the predecessors had won municipal offices.
At the CDU, Anette Bunse (62) moved up for the MP Marco Voge, who had been elected District Administrator of the Märkisches Kreis. The CDU politician Helmut Diegel (64) replaces Arne Moritz, who became mayor of Lippstadt. Ralf Nettelstroth (56) also moves into the state parliament for the CDU parliamentary group after Frank Rock became district administrator of the Rhein-Erft district. In the SPD parliamentary group, Frederick Cordes (34) succeeds Marc Herter, who was elected Lord Mayor of Hamm.
The traditional handshake to greet the new MPs was waived because of the corona pandemic.
The local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia took place on September 13th. At the end of September, a few candidates, for whom the first race had not produced a clear winner, went into the runoff again against each other.
The two highest-ranking political representatives of North Rhine-Westphalia have sharply condemned the terrorist attack in Vienna. “The cowardly Islamist terror in the night shook Vienna and stung deep into the European heart,” tweeted Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) on Tuesday. “We Europeans will defend our values and our free societies even more united, more resolute and more vigilant.”
State Parliament President André Kuper (CDU) also underlined: “We defend our open societies, religious freedom and our democracy against any fanaticism, fundamentalism and anti-Semitism. The seeds of hatred will not grow in Europe!”
An assassin shot near the main synagogue in Vienna on Monday evening, killing at least four people and injuring more than a dozen. According to official information, the man who was subsequently shot by the police was a supporter of the radical Islamist terrorist militia IS.
The picture of a girl in front of her grandmother’s window became the NRW press photo of the year in a competition organized by the state parliament. Lars Berg took the photo on behalf of the “Bild” newspaper in March in the Heinsberg district. According to the state parliament, 107 photographers submitted a total of 446 images. The places and categories are endowed with prize money of 22,000 euros.
All award-winning photos were taken between November 2019 and October 2020. A jury selected a photo by Kerstin Kokoska (“Funke Photos Services”) that shows a Friday sermon broadcast from a mosque on the Internet. Third place was taken by a photo of Andreas Bretz (“Rheinische Post”), who was holding a meadow on the banks of the Rhine in Düsseldorf with distance circles. Bretz also received the special prize “Democracy on site” for his picture of the local elections in Düsseldorf, in which the defeated Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) congratulates his challenger Stephan Keller (CDU) on his election victory.
Marcel Kusch received the young talent award. He photographed a game with naked kickers for the German press agency during a protest against the commercialization of football.
30 further selected photos will be shown together with the five award-winning pictures in an exhibition in the state parliament. You can see drive-in cinemas, empty stadiums, corona test stations – but also “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations or the closure of Karstadt-Kaufhof branches. The exhibition can be seen in the citizens’ hall of the state parliament until January 21, 2021, and the photos are also shown on the state parliament website.
State Parliament President André Kuper said on Monday: There is no home office for photojournalists. They were there and told us who stayed at home. “
After the SPD MP Frank Sundermann and Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) had a loud exchange of blows in the state parliament last week, President André Kuper called for “respectful dealings with one another”.
“Quarrel belongs in parliament.