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Best time to move in Switzerland

Hi everybody,

I presently live in Bern and want to move to Lausanne. My lease is through the end of September but the landlords have offered to extend it to about March. Is it easier to find apartments in Lausanne now or for March start dates. What I have seen now is that there is a lot of competition for open apartments which may diminish in the winter, but will there also be less supply? Any help would be awesome.

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Re: Best time to move in Switzerland

1st of October and 1st of April + 1st of July are the most important dates for a move - don't think October or April are a problem, July could be a bit more tricky because of holidays
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Do you have a definite end of contract in September or is it a rolling contract and you/they need to give 3 months notice of termination. That will determine your move unless you can find someone else to take over your lease.

"Official" moving dates tend to be 31st March, 30th June and 30th September, depending on the canton - some have all 3 others only 2 of the 3. Here in Fribourg canton for example our official dates are March and September, but not June. I don't know of any canton that has 31st December for a moving date so usually if you haven't given notice for 30th September you're stuck until the March date comes around. That's not to say you can't find a place outside of those dates, but most contracts are geared around them so if you're looking to be different the choice may be smaller.

Lausanne has competition all year round so I don't think that would make any difference. Getting accepted ahead of the hundreds of others trying to do the same will be your main problem.
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Do you have a definite end of contract in September or is it a rolling contract and you/they need to give 3 months notice of termination. That will determine your move unless you can find someone else to take over your lease.

"Official" moving dates tend to be 31st March, 30th June and 30th September, depending on the canton - some have all 3 others only 2 of the 3. Here in Fribourg canton for example our official dates are March and September, but not June. I don't know of any canton that has 31st December for a moving date so usually if you haven't given notice for 30th September you're stuck until the March date comes around. That's not to say you can't find a place outside of those dates, but most contracts are geared around them so if you're looking to be different the choice may be smaller.

Lausanne has competition all year round so I don't think that would make any difference. Getting accepted ahead of the hundreds of others trying to do the same will be your main problem.
Thanks guys.

My lease is a little odd, its actually a sublease while the tenants took a year off of work to travel, it was originally scheduled to end at the end of September, but they decided extend their trip a few months. So we have the option to stay longer. I just don't want to be panicking come winter.
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You can move anytime you want, you don't have to respect any dates that officially exist for moving!!! If you want to get to Lausanne quick for personal reason, then move now, no point waiting until next year!
Sorry, but yes, to a certain extent you do. Choices outside those dates may be limited plus if he moves out early he's still responsible for paying the rent unless he finds a new tenant so he could end up paying two rents for a couple of months. It's not impossible to move outside the official dates, but it can be more difficult to do so.
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I never had any troubles. You just find someone to take over the flat! No dates to worry about this way right? Isn't there a lack of empty homes in big cities? Must be easy to find someone nowadays for this.
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I never had any troubles. You just find someone to take over the flat! No dates to worry about this way right? Isn't there a lack of empty homes in big cities? Must be easy to find someone nowadays for this.
Not necessarily for a sub-let. Depends if his "landlord" would agree or not. He may not if he's out of the country and doesn't have a chance to meet any new tenants. He may decide he doesn't want to continue sub-letting in that case so the OP would be liable for any remaining rent.
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Someone new takes over contract.
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Not necessarily for a sub-let. Depends if his "landlord" would agree or not. He may not if he's out of the country and doesn't have a chance to meet any new tenants. He may decide he doesn't want to continue sub-letting in that case so the OP would be liable for any remaining rent.
No, he has to accept anyone who he does not have reason to believe will cause damage. He can't randomly refuse; he can delay maybe responding because he's not around.
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No, he could decide he no longer wants to sub-let period. In which case there's no contract to take over. I'm assuming the landlord can do that if he wants to. But the OP would still be responsible until the contract finishes in September.
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No, he could decide he no longer wants to sub-let period. In which case there's no contract to take over. I'm assuming the landlord can do that if he wants to. But the OP would still be responsible until the contract finishes in September.
Ah, I did not see that it's a fixed-duration contract. Still if he can find somebody to take over the remainder of the contract, the landlord cannot really refuse.
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I think there is less supply in winter and less competition as well. there is no fixed rule, all depends on your luck.
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Re: Best time to move in Switzerland

Right when the university school season is over -- usually apartments are easier to find around that time.
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