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Old 18.07.2011, 14:11
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

The apartment I got they were selling the furniture too. The agency said they could handle the viewings and giving out applications, and they asked all interested if they were interested in the furniture. Ended up showing the apartment to about half a dozen people in the end.

Anyway, I'm moving over and would've had to buy furniture anyway, so I was happy to buy it. Plus, there tastes are similar to mine so I'm really happy.

But it was CHF1500, which was half of what they paid and they had all of the receipts so I know they are not diddling me on the price.

I remember looking at another place and they wanted to sell the furniture for CHF20,000. I assumed it was a typo and they meant CHF2,000..... I just walked away. I'm happy to pay a months rent for furniture, but a year!!!!!!
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Old 18.07.2011, 18:41
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

true, it is all about supply and demand, and most locals have no shame about exploiting the situation.

One solution is to agree to buy said furniture at ridiculous price, secure the apartment, then tell the prev tenant to take a hike... just don't be signing any binding contracts!
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I remember looking at another place and they wanted to sell the furniture for CHF20,000. I assumed it was a typo and they meant CHF2,000..... I just walked away. I'm happy to pay a months rent for furniture, but a year!!!!!!

I actually did see one that asked for 20k+ and it was no typo. The tenant actually told me over the phone.
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This just seems very unethical... Sounds like they are requesting a bribe ... It's something you would not expect from the Swiss.
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

Just walk away. It is bad enough you have to apply for a flat like you are applying for a job. Last thing you need is someone heaping used furniture on ya at exorbitant prices. Ya, walk away, find a nice unfurnished apartment, and furnish it up via EF for sale/free forum. Rent a nice rental van, dedicate a weekend, you are sorted.

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Old 19.07.2011, 13:50
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

Not being in one of the high demand towns, I reckon I'll be lucky to both a) sell my furniture and b) find a replacement tenant.
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Old 22.07.2011, 08:46
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

I had that happen to me....tenant was moving back to Spain offered to put in a good word if i bought furniture...I was desperate to get a place and bought his IKEA furniture for 3k...biggest rip off ever....but it was in Niederdorf and not a place you could get to with a car....so i guess it was worth it.

The kicker is i didnt have the cash at the handover so we decided i would pay in rates over 3 months. I could have stiffed him after 1 month and no one would be the wiser....too honest though/too much of a sucker
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Old 22.07.2011, 09:17
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and bought his IKEA furniture for 3k.
I don't want to sound too negative here buuuuuuut

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The kicker is i didnt have the cash at the handover so we decided i would pay in rates over 3 months. I could have stiffed him after 1 month and no one would be the wiser....too honest though/too much of a sucker
Hint: keyword is bold.
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Old 22.07.2011, 09:21
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Unless they are the owners of the place, they are just trying to see how new to switzerland you are. Just say yes and make them give you the verwaltung papers and make the aplications. They have no opinion into who takes the apartment at all, like i said unless they are the owners..

No no no!

While I agree with the idea that you should refuse to buy the furniture, find out the name of the leasing agency and apply directly, do NOT agree to buy the furniture in a deliberate attempt to deceive the current tenant. Oral contracts are binding in Switzerland, and while it may be difficult to prove, you could be in for an expensive and headache-causing court date for breach of contract.
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Old 22.07.2011, 09:30
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I don't want to sound too negative here buuuuuuut


Hint: keyword is bold.
Yes....I think about it sometimes but to be perfectly honest i managed to sell all the stuff to the next tenant so i didnt end up too bad. (she wasnt foced to buy it but actually wanted to)

Spent like 600 francs to "rent" the furniture
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Old 22.07.2011, 09:33
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Yes....I think about it sometimes but to be perfectly honest i managed to sell all the stuff to the next tenant so i didnt end up too bad. (she wasnt foced to buy it but actually wanted to)

Spent like 600 francs to "rent" the furniture
Well, in that case, I'd say that's a good deal. I honestly wish I could rent furniture..it's always a hassle to get rid of things in the end.
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Old 22.07.2011, 10:36
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Well, in that case, I'd say that's a good deal. I honestly wish I could rent furniture..it's always a hassle to get rid of things in the end.
We got a new fridge from the landlord, which is way to small for a family of 4 plus guests. So we asked if we could choose a bigger one and pay the difference. It comes much cheaper for us, we get what we want and we don't have to try to sell it at a huge loss.

And the landlord gets a better fridge for less money!

Win win situation!
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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

Talk about the ethics in here...

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Re: Apartment only if you buy the current tenant's furniture?

In my country that would definitely be illegal - it's forbidden to force a sale tied to another negotiation.

That thing definitely discourages anyone from changing my flat towards another rented flat while I save money to buy my own (where this scene could very well be repeated )
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I once run into a guy in Zurich who would allow me to live in his WG provided that I help him find a job!
Shit, that's go too far hahahaha
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