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Old 06.06.2014, 04:52
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Re: Charging of Fees to Rent an Apartment in Geneva

Everywhere in Germany the tenant pays the fees, usually 2 months rent, & can be 3 months! Switzerland is different in many ways!
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You need to be careful. Geneva has a scarcity of rental accommodation, and if you have a signed contract with an agent you will have to pay him, even if you do all the work yourself. Otherwise, you must cancel the contract and then look for a fresh place to live.

The paperwork is negligible for the tenant, the landlord/agency present two copies of the rental contract, the tenant signs both and attaches a copy of his residence permit, and an official extract of the debtor's register (Only the tenant can apply for these). Then the tenant receives his copy of contract, signed by the landlord.
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