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Old 23.07.2013, 22:08
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Renting From Privera AG

I didn't expect there are hard hearted and rigid people here!

I recently signed a rental contract for an apartment beginning August 1st. I contacted Privera for key handover and the told me the apartment can be handed over on 31st July afternoon but I must accept all painting and repair work after I move in. I objected and said it is not possible to do complete painting of the apartment after I move-in (I am not alone, we have a two year old). They replied back telling me that as per the contract I can have the apartment only on 2nd August as August 1st is a holiday. Shock! The apartment where I stay must be vacated on 31st July. So I am on the road with my family and things...what a country I am living in!

I contacted Mieterverband but they advised me to negotiate with Privera which is not happening. where do I go now????
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

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Re: Renting From Privera AG

If the other person has it til July 31st, when are they supposed to do all the painting?

Ask for key evening of 31st.....painting etc best just to accept when you're moved in.
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Now you know why you don't sign a contract starting 1st August. And you're living in a country that takes it's holiday very seriously. Even if the apartment didn't need any work doing, you couldn't move in on that day. Moving furniture, etc, counts as work and makes noise as well. Resign yourself to either moving in on the evening of the 31st July or on the 2nd August and spend the night in a hotel. The painting will just have to be done later.
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Now you know why you don't sign a contract starting 1st August. And you're living in a country that takes it's holiday very seriously. Even if the apartment didn't need any work doing, you couldn't move in on that day. Moving furniture, etc, counts as work and makes noise as well. Resign yourself to either moving in on the evening of the 31st July or on the 2nd August and spend the night in a hotel. The painting will just have to be done later.

It is unfortunate you have chosen the wrong day of the year.

You will either have to go into hotel or apartment one rents by the day/week etc. I do not know what other stuff you have apart from luggage, if furniture, then you will need to store. Possibly you can ask where you live, if they will allow you store at your own risk in cellar, or the new place, or ask friends/neighbours/colleagues. If you do store stuff with friends, maybe spread it around ask to do it for a few days, then you can start before and finish it all after the move. Depending on your finances maybe stay into hotel/apartment more than 1 night so not so stressful. Moving is always stressful. As you are located Basel you have the choice of lower cost temporary accommodation over the border for the odd night/s. Be shame to miss out on the National Day activities, but there is always next year.

Good luck, Happy moving

ps: forgot to say this is not specific to Privera, would be the case in any move in Switzerland for 1st August

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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Why not move as much as you can to the cellar on the 31st, and then pile everything that's left in the middle of the rooms so that the painters can still paint? Ask them to either paint your baby's room first, then you only need to bunk together for 1-2 days and you'll have the little one sorted. In sure you and your hubby could make do until your room is sorted. At least this way you're not hotel hopping and you'll at least be in your own apartment.
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Move in on the 31st July, be flexible, negotiate with them and the painters to do your child's room ASAP and enjoy the fact you can air the room in this weather. The type of paint used is likely to not smell for a great deal of time anyway (speaking from experience).

I'd ask if they can at least get painting done for the bedrooms on 31st July so you can move in and air the rooms and get them set up for yourselves.

The issue you have is that the apartment may only be vacated on 31st July. Are you thinking that they should kick the previous tenant out earlier?

You need some flexibility and understanding and you may find that this is reciprocated.

PS: I moved into my house while the painters were finishing up painting with a 1-year-old. It worked out.
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

This happened to me with Privera when I moved in. The contract started on 01.01.2010...which is a Friday and new years. So they wouldn't give me the keys until the 4th..I of course paid rent for a full month
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

I heard from a friend of an opposite story with Privera,

Negotiation is the best here,

The current resident in is new apartment moved out on the 20th of June, so he moved into the apartment (And did the hand over) June 25th. Privera was ok and nice to have him move in (with no additional cost as his official move in was July 1st).

So it all depends on the situation, but try to work with the old and new mgmt company.

Now... You want to hear horror stories, I have a friend who signed a contract for a new construction with Living-Home AG (Mgmt co is Verit), and he broke the contract before the apartment was built (About 4.5 months prior to official move in), and Living Home said that he is liable and has to find a new tenant, and if a new tenant does not move in by Oct 31st he will have to pay the rent until then.

Seriously.. He already has an apartment, and now if a tenant is not found (Even though he gave 4.5 mo notice to break the contract as he found something closer to work), he is still liable until a tenant is found.

He is going to the mieterband, that is a shady and seriously wrong thing to do. No normal person in switzerland can afford two apartment's rent.
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Now... You want to hear horror stories, I have a friend who signed a contract for a new construction with Living-Home AG (Mgmt co is Verit), and he broke the contract before the apartment was built (About 4.5 months prior to official move in), and Living Home said that he is liable and has to find a new tenant, and if a new tenant does not move in by Oct 31st he will have to pay the rent until then.

Seriously.. He already has an apartment, and now if a tenant is not found (Even though he gave 4.5 mo notice to break the contract as he found something closer to work), he is still liable until a tenant is found.

He is going to the mieterband, that is a shady and seriously wrong thing to do. No normal person in switzerland can afford two apartment's rent.
Your friend broke a contract. Sounds like the agency is being completely reasonable.
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Your friend broke a contract. Sounds like the agency is being completely reasonable.

He signed a 1 year lease agreement till Sept 2014, but the notice period asks for a 3 months notice.


Is it normal in Switzerland to find a tenant even though you gave a 3 mo notice?

I thought you only need to find a tenant when you give less than 3 mo etc.
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He signed a 1 year lease agreement till Sept 2014, but the notice period asks for a 3 months notice.


Is it normal in Switzerland to find a tenant even though you gave a 3 mo notice?

I thought you only need to find a tenant when you give less than 3 mo etc.
There are 3 official moving dates in the year in Switzerland. If he gives three months notice before them then he would be fine....provided he had completely the first year of his lease.

It should be hard to find a a new tenant. I used to get 15 calls per day when I put mine up.
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Hope you find a solution with Privera AG. If for whatever reason it doesn't happen and you can't find a place to bunk for a few days.... I recommend Spalenring 10 apartments. 2 of them are available during that time July 31st and onwards..............

We stayed there when we first arrived . Rates are reasonable and the owners are child-friendly, fully fitted kitchen with oven, ceran field, fridge and dishwasher, free laundry facilities to be used any time downstairs, beautiful garden out back.Better than staying at a hotel especially with a 2 year old.

http://wohnungen-basel.ch/

Good Luck! Hope you find a solution!
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Thanks for sharing your concern and suggestions.

Thing is that the apartment is empty but Privera says they cant ask the tenant for inspection until 31st July. they would do the painting only after the handover. I suggested to move in on August 15th and pay half month rent but they want rent for the whole month.

Since the apartment is empty there is every possibility to paint the apartment before 31st July, they just wouldn't do it! because that would help me. What an attitude!

Anyway I have a big load of things to move and I am disposing most of them and store a few things with friends. Hope to find a place to sleep!
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Re: Renting From Privera AG

Hi,

I know I am reviving a very old thread here. But, I have a very pleasant experience with Privera very recently when I moved in. I have requested them to give me the key before 1st of August as my rental agreement start date is as of 1st of August and they certainly obliged the request. That has really helped me furnish it quickly and move in by July 31st.
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