German Federal Supreme Court

Auer Witte Thiel informed: operating expenses even when formal defects effective Munich August 2011. The Supreme Court clarified the existing rules on the operating expenses. The federal judge found that the settlement in the case of formal defects remains valid and the tenant must pay the costs of payments. Thus, the BGH repeals contrary decisions of administrative and Court and ended a legal dispute lasting since 2006. The firm Auer Witte Thiel from Munich reported the verdict. Individual formal defects in the operating costs will not lead to the invalidity of the payment claims to a tenant. Among other things, an operating expenses also set too high or too low payments or attached target instead is payments remains valid.

This noted the Federal Supreme Court in a recent decision, and thus drew the line under a 2006 law dispute. In the present case, the lessor shall on payment of 1,247 euro and interest complained. The amount comprised the in the fiscal year but be deducted from paid advances amounting to 1,025 euro 2005 accumulated heating and water costs and other expenses, which amounted to 2,272 euros, were. The District Court dismissed the action of the lessor due to formal defects. But according to the BGH, the tenants of his payment obligations despite poor operating expenses must comply. The competent District Court misconstrues that substantive and formal defects affect the comprehensibility of the Bill does not in any case; the LG over-sheet therefore the requirements that should be put on a settlement.

Not billable, but specified in the document costs be although a lack of content, the statement of operating costs but still keep their effectiveness, was the Supreme Court. In addition, the federal judge noted that formal defects affecting individual cost items, unimpaired, then release the validity the settlement if the hirer clearly can read out from the list. Also disagreed with the Supreme Court of the decision of the Court, the had judged, the calculations of the prepayments were not traceable and the settlement was accordingly invalid for formal reasons. On this traceability it can’t, so the German Federal Supreme Court. It was only material errors which justify no ineffectiveness of operating expenses for formal reasons. Auer Witte Thiel lawyers to review the current decision as important strengthening of the legal position of the landlord and owner. At this point, Auer Witte Thiel regularly report on current legal decisions in the law of tenancy. Get more information about Auer Witte Thiel and current rulings in the law of tenancy here under. About Auer Witte Thiel, the specialization areas of focus and the development of core competencies in certain disciplines are indispensable in the legal services sector. Auer Witte Thiel represents a wide variety of housing companies, property managers and condominium communities in the area rental, real estate and construction law.

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