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Old 26.07.2020, 13:33
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Re: Applying for new apartment - any penalty if we pull out?

There is the view that such a penalty is null and void. Surprisingly, as far as we know only one cantonal court has decided on that mater. The Canton Thurgau Obergericht. Verdict: Null and void, even if mentioned on the application form.
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...-absagegebuehr

There are only two reasons why there are no more court cases. A) Potential tenants are sheep and just pay w/o any fuss. B) Landlords/agency back away from the this bogus fee once challenged as they know the will lose in court.


Be aware: If you sign and return the contract to the landlord you are fully on the hook. There is no cooling off period or easy way out. The only way to get out is to present a suitable and solvent replacement tenant which will take over the contract as it is.
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