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Old 22.01.2014, 13:49
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

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From what I understand, that was the rule in our building when it was first built. Every tenant had to agree to sign for three years or they would not get the flat. They could of course find new tenants to break the lease with proper notice and all that, but up front it was required. All of them signed for three, and at least two of the tenants signed seven-year leases.

I think landlords have the upper hand in CH, as supply is short and demand is high. They can ask the moon and pretty much get it.
If people are happy to sign a 3/5/7 year contract, then it's clearly in the landlords interest. Why rent to Johny Foreigner who will only stay for 6 months?
Signing a long contract has one major disadvantage in a rising market to the landlord, he can't keep increasing the rent, it's not greed just less hassle.
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