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Registering at the Town Hall

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I shall soon move to Switzerland and register as required at the local Town Hall. I understand you need to show your employment contract, passport and proof of accommodation, e.g. a rental contract. As I will be renting a room in an existing shared apartment, I might not get a contract per se. What type of document might suffice in place of a contract? Some kind of confirmation letter that I am living in some kind of sub-let?

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Re: Registering at the Town Hall

I was definitely not asked to show any proof of accommodation in any of the 3 towns (including when initially moving here) I have registered with over the years. Moreover, now thinking about it, I was never asked to show an employment contract to any town hall either, even if I had have been asked, I wouldn't have been able to since I wasn't employed, so I am not sure why they want this.

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I was definitely not asked to show any proof of accommodation in any of the 3 towns (including when initially moving here) I have registered with over the years. Moreover, now thinking about it, I was never asked to show an employment contract to any town hall either, even if I had have been asked, I wouldn't have been able to since I wasn't employed, so I am not sure why they want this.
To know what type of permit to give you of course. If you have an employment contract, assuming it's a permanent long term one, you'll get a B permit. If you don't have a job, then you'll get a job seeker's L permit for 3 months only, which can be renewed providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself. If you have a contract for a year or less then you'll get an L permit.
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Re: Registering at the Town Hall

The town likes to see a rental contract, as everything is spelt out in black & white. But it needs to check the property is not overcrowded, and a letter from the person renting the room(s) to you, explaining the accommodation, will suffice.

Generally there must be one bedroom for every person, plus one communal living room. Couples can share a bedroom.
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To know what type of permit to give you of course. If you have an employment contract, assuming it's a permanent long term one, you'll get a B permit. If you don't have a job, then you'll get a job seeker's L permit for 3 months only, which can be renewed providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself. If you have a contract for a year or less then you'll get an L permit.
I was not employed so I did not and could not show an employment contract at any stage to get my first permit.
I was never on an L-permit. I was only ever on a 1-year B-permit (EU/EFTA) for self-employment, converted a few months later to a 5-year B-permit (change of situation) and then around 5 1/2 years later to a C-permit.

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The town likes to see a rental contract, as everything is spelt out in black & white.
I don't think the showing of a rental contract is compulsory. Besides on my second and last move it was into a previously bought property, so there wasn't a rental contract to show, and I certainly didn't have to show anything else!

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Yes, a self-employment B permit is another possibility. So lots of options, depending on a person's individual plans which is why the authorities want to see an employment contract if you have one, plans to be self-employed, etc. It all affects which type of permit you end up with.

No, a rental contract isn't compulsory, but being able to show that you are actually resident here helps. So even if you're staying in an hotel, by being able to provide an employment contract tells the authorities you will be looking for more permanent accommodation soon. As for moving, we merely notified our commune when we changed address as we already had C permits, but it's the same any other permit type. You won't necessarily need to show a new rental contract as you already have a permit and are merely informing of a change of address or canton move.
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What type of document might suffice in place of a contract? Some kind of confirmation letter that I am living in some kind of sub-let?
I asked this question of my Office de la population as my (Swiss citizen) daughter and her child plan to move to Switzerland and live rent-free in an apartment I own. I was told she needs to bring "une attestation du logeur" of which they provided me a blank form, unique to the commune but probably there are similar ones throughout Switzerland.
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I asked this question of my Office de la population as my (Swiss citizen) daughter and her child plan to move to Switzerland and live rent-free in an apartment I own. I was told she needs to bring "une attestation du logeur" of which they provided me a blank form, unique to the commune but probably there are similar ones throughout Switzerland.
What is required simply must vary from place to place and depend on the canton/town, as I wasn't asked to show anything more than passport/permit/health insurance card where I have lived/moved to.
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Re: Registering at the Town Hall

Hello, when I first moved to Zurich from the U.S. I showed them an email from the woman who owned the house I was staying in. It simply stated that she agreed to let me stay in her house. When I received my Visa to enter the country for a long term stay, I also received a packet that I had to bring with me to the Town Hall/Kreisboro/Gemeinde. Everything went very smoothly.

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