She made me laugh and I forgot to be nervous. I'm glad I decided to take a German speaker, the whole unemployment benefits thing was so complicated and I never would have figured it out for myself.
I’m a professional legal interpreter for real estate. I’m on the advisory board of my property’s homeowner’s association (WEG). This gives me a unique insight into dealings with property managers, tradespeople and owners.
Kathleen Parker, Red Tape Translation UG
Without a doubt the most impressive translator I’ve ever had the pleasure of collaborating with: meticulous, fast and easy to work with.
Melanie Fieseler, WorkSmart Germany
Calm, efficient, professional and good-natured…
Michael P., Canada
Your property manager must send you the agenda and any addenda at least 3 weeks before the annual general meeting. I need to know what’s being discussed so I can prepare. Upload below and I’ll have a look.
You might prefer not to attend the meeting in-person. Instead, you can order a full written translation of the agenda or arrange a talk-through with an interpreter ahead of time. You’d then send your votes to the property management in writing before the meeting takes place (I can help you prepare that). Alternatively, you can choose to be involved actively on the day and use an interpreter to contribute your point of view to the live discussion. This is effective if you are keen to influence the outcome of the resolution.
Once you’ve got a meeting date lined up and you know how you’d like to work with me, I’ll give you a quote and tell you how long I need to prepare in advance. I usually ask for 50% payment up-front and the remaining amount once the meeting has taken place.
It’s important that I come well-prepared. I examine the agenda and supporting documents in detail. I bring notes with me and I make sure in advance that you and your property manager give me a power of attorney so I’m allowed to be present. My advance preparation will allow the meeting to run smoothly and quickly for you and your property manager.
This gives you the chance to ask me questions and mention points you’d like to bring up or negotiate during the meeting.
Good interpreting is unobtrusive and smooth. I interpret simultaneously in a whispered voice. This means I speak quietly over the top of the attendees. This allows you to stay up-to-speed on exactly what’s going on, every step of the way, without causing any disturbance to others.
If there are other owners who would benefit from an English interpreting service, you can share the costs with them and I’ll open a private Zoom channel for multiple participants (but only those who are present on the day – we can’t let external parties in). All you have to do is bring your phone and your own headphones and I’ll take care of the rest. I do need your property manager’s permission in advance to work this way.
If you have an opinion to share with the other owners, don’t be afraid to speak up in English. The meeting has to take place in German and the minutes will be in German too, so we’ll make sure your matters are communicated clearly in the official language. You will feel comfortable, informed and heard with a Red Tape interpreter at your side.
Every property manager has a different way of leading the voting process. We’ll make sure you know exactly when to raise your hand. Once it’s all done, you can celebrate with your neighbours (if you’re all still talking to each other!).
Best of all, you’ll know you’ve done your best to stay informed, respect the meeting protocols, and make your voice heard. Enjoy the feeling of confidence and relief!