Going to Germany on business some time soon? There is a whole lot of things you might have to consider apart from the work. Writing in The Business Line, Mohan Murti has oodles of advice for you, most of which sound funny, yet grave!
The homeowner (or renter) is responsible for sweeping the sidewalk and street in front of the house. In winter, the snow has to be cleared. You must shovel and sand/salt your sidewalk between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. If someone slips and breaks their leg in front of your house during this time, you will be liable. You also need to pull out the weeds off the sidewalk.
That’s ok; after all, the environment is everyone’s concern. But doesn’t this one sound rather overboard?
Silent time is from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. and all Sundays and holidays. A little hushed snoring is allowed, but house and garden appliances and machinery are no-no. No midnight clothes washing or Sunday afternoon lawn mowing. In apartments, you may not use the shower or, flush your toilet after 11 p.m. and before 5 a.m. Some German States have a legally mandated quiet time from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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