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Rent-jumping family caught by police

The Local · 9 Feb 2012, 10:07

Published: 09 Feb 2012 08:20 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Feb 2012 10:07 GMT+01:00

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The father of the family, which also included two women and five children, is currently in custody, police said on Wednesday.

The family reportedly moved house seven times in a short period in the district of Vulkaneifel in the small western town of Daun.

Several property owners have pressed charges against the family for fraud, though police are working on the assumption that many more have been defrauded since 2009.

The family, which changed its name with each move, also lived in Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Heinz-Peter Thiel, Daun police director, said the father of the family had called himself “Dr. Abdul” on several occasions and was able to put down deposits with “thick wads of cash.” But then the entire family would suddenly disappear without cancelling its rental agreements.

State prosecutors have begun an investigation.

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09:24 February 9, 2012 by steve_glienicke
This does not add up, why would you move every 2 to 3 weeks after paying around 2 to 3 months rent as a deposit!!!! This guy "Dr Abdul" was able to put down deposits with big wads of cash? and then suddenly dissapear, leaving the big wad of cash behind?

Come on The Local do a little more digging here, this all just does not add up!
09:54 February 9, 2012 by rootuid
Yes it doesn't make sense, he is paying for 2/3 months and staying 2/3 weeks.

He didn't leave wads of cash after him however he just paid with wads of cash.
09:55 February 9, 2012 by bugger
There is no town called Vulkaneifel anywhere in Germany. The Vulkaneifel is a district which is located in the Eifel mountains.

How could they never be caught? Didn't they have to show their identity card when signing the rental contracts? And how did they manage to register the children at school which is mandatory? The Local should begin an investigation concerning the source of this story where ends don't meet.
10:07 February 9, 2012 by steve_glienicke

He paid the deposit with thick wads of cash, those wads of cash he must have left behind, because he did a runner!

So why would several landlords be trying to sue him if they got 3 months money off someone who lived in a place for 2 to 3 weeks.....

i also thought you needed to show means of income, like 3 months pay statements and so on and if your not working the state would provide a place for you or?

Back to my original question, there is definately more behind this than is being reported, perhaps they are illigal immigrants?
15:08 February 9, 2012 by derExDeutsche
How does one sneak/run anywhere with a family of 8?

My guess is that they would pay partial deposit, promise rent at the end of the month, then split at the end of the month. Money poor, but children rich. Can't we reward them with a house?' from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.'
18:57 February 9, 2012 by Illic
@steve_glienicke : a landlord is simply not allowed to take outstanding rent from the deposit fee. The deposit fee is to cover damages only.
22:51 February 9, 2012 by oiitsme
@lllic, I guess it depends on the landlord and how well the tenant knows the law. When I first came to Germany I changed flats and of course didn't know anything about the three month notice period, neither did I speak a word of German. I asked my landlord if I could leave, he said fine, so I left with 2 months to go for the legal notice period to be over and he simply took my deposit for himself telling me that of course I can leave whenever I want to, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to pay and that I owe him 2 months of rent (which the deposit covers and which he took).

Since these people were not paying rent, this deposit story sounds really dodgy to me.
06:54 February 10, 2012 by steve_glienicke
@lllic i do understand what the deposit is for, i have lived in germany more than 20 years and moved around with work often enough to know, it is not my point, i will try to make it clear for you.

Dr Abdul paid Mr landlord 1,500 for 3 months deposit on appartment, 2 weeks later he leaves without paying any rent or giving notice, he and the family simply dissapear, mr Landlord thinks what a strange person, he just paid me 1,500 for 3 months deposit and runs off owing me only 2 weeks rent (250) oh well, look Mrs landlord that nice Dr Abdul just paid for our summer vacation this year :)
13:57 February 11, 2012 by christopheuk25
Wake up, illegal immigrants
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