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Old 19.10.2015, 12:26
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Flat Question

I have a lease that can expire on 31.03.16 , if I give notice to vacate prior to 31.12.15. I will be leaving my flat on 15.12.15 (moving back to the states) and I wish to have a qualified person enter into a new contract with my management company so that my obligation will end 31.12.15
The management company will allow for this transaction but it is I whom must present them with a suitable tenant(s).
So, my question is : what are the best way(s) ( besides this forum in which I will place an appropriate post in the proper section) to 'advertise' or otherwise illustrate my flat's opportunity for occupancy.
When to advert?
How to advert (where, etc) ?
How to show, i.e. Multiple showings vs one or two large showings.
Any scams to look out for?

I also will either offer my furnishing to the new tenant (gratis) as I will not be taking them back with me.

Also, besides paying all new bills, providing a forwarding address, de registering with my Kreisboro, anything else I might consider doing before I leave.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 19.10.2015, 13:10
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homegate would be the best option. Take lots of pictures, tidy up beforehand and ensure you have a plan of the apartment layout to share.
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Old 19.10.2015, 13:22
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Re: Flat Question

I would do the following:

- Advertise the flat as standard (i.e. without Furniture)
--> Advertise ASAP, as December is not a regular moving month, and anyone moving then has to plan ahead of time with xmas etc soon to follow.
--> newhome.ch is a good place to start as it's free to advertise and will be picked up by the comparis.ch scanner soon after.
--> Availability should be from the 15th of December or (By arrangement thereafter)
--> In the advert you should mention that there is furniture available separately by agreement. (bear in mind that having lots of furniture around will make the final cleaning of the apartment difficult, so it's better to rid yourself of non necessities as soon as you can)
--> no scams as such, it goes without saying that you should only rent to someone who is already in the country and who is prepared to come and look at the apartment before hand, provide a filled in application + copy of residence permit + "betreibungs auszug".


- In the meantime you should work on an itemised list of things you want to sell / give away. And post it on the forum, I am sure a lot of things will go without you trying to force them on any perspective tenants.

- With regards to viewings, depending on how popular the apartment you are gonna be renting it out is you can either have one or two "open viewings" or a viewings by arrangement with perspective tenants to take over your contract.

- From the legality point of view, you are required to provide 3 tenants AFAIK to get out of your contract early, however December is a special month with a lot of contracts excluding it from the list of months you can move out in due to holidays etc. However since you plan to move out on the 15th of December you might just be lucky.

- You should naturally, settle any tax bills, give notice of termination for all insurances + service subscriptions (TV, internet, mobile etc) and most importantly for US citizens is to sort out your banking situation as you might be required to close your account or pay a hefty monthly fee to keep your account.
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- From the legality point of view, you are required to provide 1 suitable tenants AFAIK to get out of your contract early,
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Early departure from the apartment (the whole thread is very useful)
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Early departure from the apartment (the whole thread is very useful)
I stand corrected.

The link you provided give some good information too.

Here it is in english: homegate link
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Re: Flat Question

It's correct to say that you need just one candidate. However that's not necessarily the best advice:

Any applicant can change his/her mind at any time until the contract's actually been signed. So to avoid negative consequences it's a good approach to try and provide multiple follow-on applicants.
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