Restricted access to housing benefit office

More and more households can apply for housing benefit. This has been the case since the reform at the beginning of this year. The Tübingen housing benefit office at Derendinger Straße 50 has also received more applications. In order to process them, the housing benefit office is temporarily closing its telephone office hours completely and reducing its face-to-face office hours. Personal consultation hours are now only on Wednesdays from 8.30 to 11.30 am. The best way to contact the housing benefit office is by email at or by post. This was announced by the press office of the city… Read More

Fraud in the apartment search

A nice apartment for little rent? That could be fraud, says the Baden-Württemberg State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA). Criminals are always coming up with new tricks to get their victims’ money. One way is to offer apartments on the Internet and demand a lot of money from prospective tenants in advance. If an alleged landlord demands money even before viewing the apartment, people looking for an apartment should be alarmed. Often the accounts are abroad and nobody turns up to hand over the keys. According to the LKA, the crooks mainly use internet platforms. At first glance, the advertisements… Read More

Green, gray, yellow, blue: Where to put the trash?

In Germany, trash doesn’t just end up in a big garbage can. In order to be able to recycle as many materials as possible, the individual types of waste must be collected separately. That’s why every household has different trash containers. There are separate collections for paper, cardboard, glass and hazardous waste. Twice a year, shredded material from private gardens is also collected free of charge. Each household must register for garbage collection, then receives appropriate garbage cans and must pay fees. The costs depend on the size of the bin and, in the case of residual waste, also on… Read More

Housing allowance office cuts time for phone calls

Since the beginning of this year, more households have been able to apply for housing benefits. This makes for more work. For this reason, the Tübingen housing allowance office at Derendinger Straße 50 is temporarily reducing its telephone office hours. The new telephone office hours are now Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no change to the in-person office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. See also tun23071202 Der Fachbereich Soziales der Stadt Tübingen ist ab Oktober 2021 in der… Read More

Tips for saving energy

Energy is becoming more and more expensive. That’s why it pays to use less electricity, gas or oil at home. Tips on saving energy are available at an event on Friday, July 14, in Mössingen. From 1 to 5 p.m., experts will provide information at a campaign stand at the Mössinger Tafel (Freiherr-vom-Stein-Strasse 20). The experts will give practical advice on how to avoid high additional payments for energy. There is also a Ukrainian interpreter on site, writes the Tübingen district office in a press release. Anyone who has problems with high back payments can find multilingual information and the… Read More

Receipts: It’s better to keep them

Keeping receipts has several advantages. For one thing, it makes it easier to see where all the money has gone at the end of the month. Secondly, there is an important reason for buying household appliances or a new cell phone: the warranty. Customers have a right to have the device exchanged or repaired if it has a defect within the first two years. But because you have to prove that you actually bought the device from a particular retailer, it’s important to keep the receipt, advises the Bavarian Consumer Center. Experts also advise copying the receipt, as the blue… Read More

How to find an apartment

It is difficult to find an apartment in Tübingen and the surrounding area because many people work or study in the city and therefore want to live here. That’s why the apartments are also expensive. It is somewhat easier in the communities around Tübingen. Many apartments are offered in daily newspapers in Germany. In Tübingen (also Rottenburg and Mössingen) this is the Schwäbische Tagblatt, in Reutlingen (also Kirchentellinsfurt, Kusterdingen and Gomaringen) the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger. Especially on Saturday and Wednesday you can find offers there under the heading “Rentals”. With Ebay classified advertisements ( one can search free of charge. Further… Read More

High energy costs: help in cases of hardship

Tübingen residents who are threatened by poverty can get financial help. It is about their energy costs—especially back payments for heating and electricity. Single people can get a one-time grant of 600 euros, households with several people can get up to 1000 euros. The subsidy depends on the energy costs and the personal financial circumstances of those seeking assistance, but is independent of the energy supplier. Financial assistance is available if income is below certain limits, if there are hardly any assets and no other state benefits are possible. The city and the Stadtwerke Tübingen have created a hardship fund… Read More

Entitlement to household help

Anyone who is no longer able to run their household due to illness, pregnancy, childbirth or a cure can apply to the health insurance fund for household help. This is possible under the following conditions: The applicant belongs to a statutory health insurance fund and needs a medical certificate. No one else living in the family can take over the household management. A child under 12 years of age or a disabled child lives in the household. However, this is not necessary in the case of complaints during pregnancy or after birth. Household help can also be applied for by… Read More

A brake on energy prices

The enormous increase in energy costs is a heavy burden. That is why the Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed a law: The price brakes for gas, district heating and electricity have been in force since March 1. They also apply retroactively for January and February of this year and for the time being until the end of 2023. This means for customers of the energy suppliers: 80 percent of their electricity consumption forecast in September 2022 they will receive at a price of 40 cents per kilowatt hour. 80 percent of the forecast gas consumption will be capped at 12… Read More

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