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Old 05.09.2015, 09:37
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

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Only if the OP doesn't have a "Mindestmietdauer" (minimal rental period) which is what the original post sounds like. If this exists and it only ends in March 2016, OP is screwed. If not and the landlord just says (without contractual proof) that OP is liable til March 2016, OP in my opinion is entitled to end the contract on the customary days in his district/canton.
As his landlord chose the end of March, I'm pretty sure that it's based on the customary days in Zürich which are, if my memory serves me correctly : 30 March, 30 July and 30 Sept.
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As his landlord chose the end of March, I'm pretty sure that it's based on the customary days in Zürich which are, if my memory serves me correctly : 30 March, 30 July and 30 Sept.
The only sure thing here is the OP's contract
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My dad (parents before mum had to go in OAP home rented the same house for over 20 years when dad died just after the cut off date (no joke please- he was actually 96!) - and we were liable for the rent for next 4 months
Disgraceful that in cases of the tenant passing away, the contract does not automatically end or at the very least cancellation with one month's notice for the end of the month. If it had just renewed you could be liable for up to 11 months!
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Not here in NE, it would have been 4 or 5 months I think. As it happens, I came over from UK and sorted it all out quickly- as someone had been waiting for the house to become available... (not really like vultures- just another older couple who wanted to come back from France and be nearer their daughter).

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Disgraceful that in cases of the tenant passing away, the contract does not automatically end or at the very least cancellation with one month's notice for the end of the month. If it had just renewed you could be liable for up to 11 months!
Thats the cost of not being able to thrown out with 1 months notice, identical terms for both parties, is hardly 'disgraceful'. Maximum would be 5 months in ZH in a normal contract with no end date.

Life insurance exists to cover liabilities you may have at death, if you don't have any your 'self insuring' the risk.
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

In the UK tenants will leave at any time that suits them after the initial contract which can be any length from 6 months upwards no matter what the contract says and you trying to get them to pay up. Waste thousands chasing them through the courts, judgement in your favour and all they say is they have no money and you cant get blood out of a stone. How do I know, 35 years as a Landlord of many properties and 28 years as a professional letting agent.
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In the UK tenants will leave at any time that suits them after the initial contract which can be any length from 6 months upwards no matter what the contract says and you trying to get them to pay up. Waste thousands chasing them through the courts, judgement in your favour and all they say is they have no money and you cant get blood out of a stone. How do I know, 35 years as a Landlord of many properties and 28 years as a professional letting agent.
You should not be complaining, if you had been a UK landlord 45 years ago there were rent controls & you had sitting tenants that you could not get rid of.
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Only paying 1 months deposit has a lot to do with this.
Insisting on a guarantor, would help you.

You should not be complaining, if you had been a UK landlord 45 years ago there were rent controls & you had sitting tenants that you could not get rid of.
Quite correct, but the deposit now has to go into a recognised official deposit, so it is not always easy to recover the full deposit. Guarantors are a grey area and can help if they are still solvent when you need to claim.
I was around when rent controls were in place, and there is talk of them being introduced again by certain parties. Here again the main problem is not the professional Landlord but the ones that do not belong to any recognised bodies and see letting as a good earner for the back pocket.
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