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Old 12.04.2011, 12:42
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Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
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Old 12.04.2011, 12:44
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

I think if you can get your local cable operator to remove the socket, you can't be charged. It's whether the landlord will alow you to do so.
You mean you didn't check beforehand? That's mightily oversightful of you DB
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So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
I get billed for shared lift/elevator costs. Just under 200CHf annually.
Only there is no lift on our part of the apartment. The only way up is stairs for us. I really should complain, had forgotten all about it until this thread.
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Old 12.04.2011, 12:47
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

Don't know who the cable supplier is, but you could ask your Vermieter to have your TV-cable connection sealed, aka "plombieren" (all very officially via Cablecom or whoever).
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Old 12.04.2011, 12:58
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Hmm? There, there... there, there.

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Old 12.04.2011, 13:04
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

Time to start watchin' some tv then..

We get local tv channel that I am hooked on and it is available only on cable. It's about local restos, communities, clubs, culture, services, I love it. They do it super locally, I recognize some people everytime I watch it. Then you talk to neighbors or colleagues, and mention you saw some program on local vineyards, special local dish, art group or projected construction and you have friends for life. Makes living in a new community so much more enjoyable and fun.
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Old 12.04.2011, 13:07
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I think if you can get your local cable operator to remove the socket, you can't be charged. It's whether the landlord will alow you to do so.
You mean you didn't check beforehand? That's mightily oversightful of you DB
I don't think this is true. We had this in our first building. We had the Cable box so paid anyway, but had to pay for the building's Cablecom.

DB, if you keep PMing me about the intricacies of what happened on Big Brother last night I'm going to have to disable my PMs. TIA.
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

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So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
Look at it from the bright side: it is still less than the Billag bill
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Look at it from the bright side: it is still less than the Billag bill
We have to pay that anyway, as we have computers in the house.
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Old 12.04.2011, 13:18
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

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Old 12.04.2011, 13:33
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

Look on the bright side, you can get a telly and not feel left out of conversations about telly programmes.

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Hmm? There, there... there, there.

Pats shoulder reassuringly. Leans over. Whispers a single word.

Lower lip retracts, sunny smile re-emerges.

All OK now? Good.


(Note to self...be somewhere else Saturday....)
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So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
Check your lease....maybe the basic cable is included in the NK but if not this should have been transparent from the start. Having the plugs sealed may not be the solution. It depends on how the cable is set up. But worth a try. I am sure you can find better ways to spend 400 chf.
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Old 12.04.2011, 14:06
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

Our landlord received a similar bill from Cablecom. He then asked if we used cablecom (TV, Internet etc). If we said yes then an extra CHF 30 a month would be charged to our rent going forward. If no, they would come and seal the sockets up. Personally I decided to cancel Cablecom as if you add it up, I was paying (including the charge to Billag) CHF 125 a month for basic TV and standard Internet (20 Mbit).
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Old 12.04.2011, 14:28
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So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
It's all swings and roundabouts DB. All of the other tenants in your block pay the same shared fee for the view, but you've got the best of the lot.

And it's better than TV as well.
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Old 12.04.2011, 15:03
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So we just got an invoice for nearly 400 CHF to cover our share of the building's annual cable television bill.

We don't watch telly. We have no intention of watching telly. But it's a shared charge, and it would be churlish (illegal, even?) to refuse.

Has anyone else had similar surprise additions to their nebenkosten (additional house charges) after moving into their new place?
We have a similar bill. We queried it as we also don't have a TV.

It's not for programme content but for infrastructure - which is needed if you have internet and/or phone through the cable.

We also pay for a lift that we never use.
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Old 12.04.2011, 15:24
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

I'm slightly embarrassed to confess that I hadn't thought about the fact that we use the internet service provided by, er, Cablecom...

I suppose it's a fair cop, in that case, although I'm a bit miffed it was never mentioned before the bill arrived in our letterbox yesterday evening.

Anyway, Mr Grapefruit is right. We do have a better view than any of our neighbours. That's got to be worth 30 chuffs a month!
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Re: Shared cable bill. Not fair. Stomps feet. Extends lower lip.

Pretend that you used to smoke and now have quit, and are using the extra money saved to pay your cable bill for television you don't watch .
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Pretend that you used to smoke and now have quit, and are using the extra money saved to pay your cable bill for television you don't watch .
I don't smoke... I never smoke... in fact, I...

Oh yes, I take your point...
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