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Replacement tenants woe!

In February we informed our landlord of our intention to quit our apartment, only to be informed that contractually we are obliged to pay until June, unless we find a replacement tenant.

We found a couple who work in a restaurant who wanted to take the place with a friend. The landlord rejected them, doubting that they could sustain the rent "if the friend left". Also, in the landlord's opinion, the apartment was too small for them.

Next, we find another "professional" couple who wanted to move in fairly quickly. The landlord told them their preferred date was inconvenient as it was a few days after returning from holiday. They were told a week later was possible, meaning that they would need a bolthole for a week.

The new tenants didn't want the separate garage we are paying for, so the landlord asked them to help find another tenant for the garage!

Guess what? The prospective tenants went elsewhere.

After several thousand views on the net and over 30 people visiting the apartment, I don't think the landlord can afford to be so choosy or outrageously hassle prospective tenants over the garage.

Also the landlord is hung up on getting a tenant to stay for years. Well, an empty apartment gets no rent!



Tempted to go to the authorities over this debacle.
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Old 16.05.2011, 11:17
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Re: Replacement tenants woe!

Too bad. The landlord's right though, to leave early you have to provide a tenant (or separate tenants) for the apartment AND the garage/parking space.

You know the landlord doesn't actually have to accept any of your proposed replacement tenants - that's up to him - your candidates just have to be "suitable" tenants and then you're off the hook. It's not entirely clear what this means but finances are normally a big factor (rent can't be more than one-third the renter's salary) and so is age/family status (e.g. a family with three under-5's in a building full of retirees and no other kids - probably wouldn't be considered "suitable".)


Thank goodness it's only the end of June though! We moved this spring, and our official contract would have been till the end of September.
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Old 16.05.2011, 11:52
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Re: Replacement tenants woe!

I'm curious how this works if you have a three year lease and you have to move back home (because you've been let go, have to turn in your permit, say). This isn't my situation, just curious. Are you on the hook for two more years if you can't find someone?
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Re: Replacement tenants woe!

This has been discussed many times, so do a bit of searching here.
MathNut, does your post mean you have found a suitable new tenant for your ex apartment. If so, I'm really pleased for you, pheeew.
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MathNut, does your post mean you have found a suitable new tenant for your ex apartment. If so, I'm really pleased for you, pheeew.
We were really lucky with our landlord - didn't want to get into details on a thread where the OP is hopping mad at his! - anyway, they realized that what with both of us working full-time, we'd be hard put to organize viewings after we moved out, so for CHF500 they offered to take over all the advertising, showing, the whole nine yards. The Homegate ad alone would have cost a third of that, so we felt it was money reasonably well spent. End result, we've got a replacement from the 1st of June.
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