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Old 10.04.2015, 13:17
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Re: Giving up..

]No it is ridiculously hard, especially as an Ausländer,[/B]
Apartment hunting is as hard as you choose to make it. For sure in a market where demand way outstrips supply it's harder, so you have to think a little a little more laterally about things like location and your personal situation, a compromise if you will. Anyone with any sense goes to a viewing smartly dressed, arrives punctually, and armed with a stack of papers including employment contracts, references form employer and existing landlord, payslips, bank statements, police and debt clearance certs etc, all trying to make their best efforts to create as good an impression as possible, that is now simply expected.... but so will most of the other viewers. Really, at the end of the day it largely comes down to someone you probably won't meet looking at your dossier and making the decision on financial ability and sustainability and status.

IE. We are a 1 one (but very good) income ausländer couple, speaking little German, and have 3 big dogs:
1 - In the city of Zug we would have zero chance of finding a nice place, and if thats all we applied for we could paper a room with rejection letters. Now would those rejections come from sexist, ausländer despising, dog haters... or someone whose simply thinks that financially DINK's are a safer bet than a SINK's, or dogs (or children) may make too much noise or cause damage?

2 - 15 mins out of the city (by bus)... we have a brand new 4.5 garden apartment, were we can (today) sit in the sun and look at the Zugerberg, watch the kites and hot air balloons, and wonder what the fuss is about. The owner of the haus is Swiss, the other 3 people living in the house are Swiss, and only 1 speaks English, and we were the only ausländers to view, everyone else was Swiss.

We have applied for 4 apartments in total in Switzerland, got 3 and we withdrew the application for the other immediately when the unspotted church bell tower sprung into life as we were leaving. Being realistic about your attractiveness to an agent/landlord as a tenant is the key, especially if your name is going to be thrown in with a whole bunch of others.
How do you know if a Frenchman has been in your garden.... your rubbish is gone, your dog is pregnant.... but at least your cabbages are pest free

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