What should be terminated & Returned before moving

When emigrating or moving abroad, it is not only important to properly de-register at the residents’ registration office (if you wish, i.e. you no longer have another place of residence in your country), but also to terminate all contracts and agreements that are no longer to be continued. The relevant notice periods must be taken into account. So start your preparations in good time (at least a year in advance, sometimes longer) so that money is not wasted.

In this article we provide a checklist, inform you about periods of notice, show where you can get templates for letters of termination free of charge and what else you should pay attention to (to-do list). 

Checklist contracts and agreements – terminations or changes of registrations (changes)

  • Telephone, internet, mobile radio, GEZ
  • Insurance (health insurance, liability, household effects, accident, life, pension, motor vehicle)
  • Rental agreements as well as electricity, water, heating, gas, etc.
  • Subscriptions
  • Associations and memberships (e.g. ADAC)
  • Online stores
  • School (with children)
  • Employment contracts
  • Tax office
  • Car, motorcycle, trailer
  • Pets
  • Banks, building society
  • Registration authority

Notice periods

The notice periods range from a few days to a few years, depending on the type of contract. So please read the fine print in good time to find out when you should cancel at the latest. The notice periods for contracts with Deutsche Telekom are set out below.

Telekom – notice period

As a rule, Telekom offers term contracts that are tied to 12 or 24 months of use. This means that you can only terminate your Telekom contract after this period has expired. But even then, the relevant notice period must be observed. If you send your cancellation too late, it may not be accepted anymore and your contract will be extended after all.

Minimum contract term: 24 months,
notice period: 1 month

In most cases, a minimum contract term of 24 months applies. You can terminate the contract with a notice period of 1 month. After the 24 months, your contract is automatically extended for another 12 months.

Telekom Call & Surf Comfort – notice period

With Call & Surf Comfort, the notice periods are the same as with normal telecom contracts.

Minimum contract term: 24 months,
notice period: 1 month

After the 24-month notice period has expired, the subscription is automatically extended by 12 months if you do not cancel beforehand. In order for your contract to end on time, you should terminate it with at least 1 month’s notice. You can also cancel this contract longer in advance and specify the date for the remaining term.

Telekom Internet – notice period

The notice period that also applies to the Telekom fixed network also applies to your Telekom Internet contract. In this case, too, your cancellation should be received by Telekom one month before the end of the minimum contract period.

Minimum contract term: 24 months,
notice period: 1 month

Telekom Internet, which enables you to use the Internet and streaming services such as Spotify, is usually part of a Telekom landline contract.

Telekom Mobilfunk – notice period

The notice period that applies to the Telekom Fixed Line also applies to the Telekom mobile communications contract. If, on the other hand, you have a prepaid contract, you can cancel it at any time.

Minimum contract term: 24 months,
notice period: 1 month

Telekom telephone – notice period

Minimum contract term: 24 months,
notice period: 1 month

At the end of the contract period, the Telekom fixed network generally has a notice period of one month. This means that you should cancel your Telekom landline contract at least one month before it expires so that it is not automatically renewed.

Telekom Entertain – notice period

There is a different notice period here than for the other telecom contracts. The provider’s television offer can be terminated more flexibly and the contract period is usually only twelve months. If you want to terminate Telekom Entertain, a notice period of one month or four weeks applies.

Minimum contract term: 12 months,
notice period: 1 month

How to terminate correctly

You can simply terminate your contract with Telekom in accordance with the applicable notice period. To do this, it is necessary to send a corresponding notice of termination by post (safest by registered mail) containing the relevant data. In addition to your contract and customer number, you should also include your name and current address in the notice of termination. The termination must also be signed at the end so that it is really valid. Templates for termination HERE .

To-do list of things to think about in general

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