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Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

Aghh, I need to leave Switzerland soon which is sad and emotional and my landlord of 4 years says I am liable until March 2016. This seems barbaric. I know I signed the lease but when I moved here 4 years ago flats were rare around Meilen. Now it is a renters market.

How am I meant to do viewings and a handover after I leave!!! Just pray I get a tenant soon.
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Sorry my first post is a moan but I needed to let out some steam.
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

It's the same anywhere I'm afraid. Do you think a landlord in the UK would want you breaking your lease and leaving him to find another tenant before he is supposed too?
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

I know but after 4 years of being the perfect tenant, I was hoping for some good will. In the UK after the initial year most contracts have a 1-3 month notice period not 7.
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I know but after 4 years of being the perfect tenant, I was hoping for some good will. In the UK after the initial year most contracts have a 1-3 month notice period not 7.
I'd stick an advert up on homegate or some other site. I think you will be surprised how many phone calls you get...and they will all magically speak English too

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shame you didn't take part in EF earlier- that way you could already be offering your flat for rent on EF

My dad (parents before mum had to go in OAP home rented the same house for over 20 years when dad died just after the cut off date (no joke please- he was actually 96!) - and we were liable for the rent for next 4 months or so- luckily we found another tenant quickly.

Maybe you could advertise for someone to act as your 'agent' here on EF who lives nearby- and will find a tenant for you for a fee?
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

As you mentioned it's a renter market, so it won't be too hard to find somebody who takes over the lease.
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I know but after 4 years of being the perfect tenant, I was hoping for some good will. In the UK after the initial year most contracts have a 1-3 month notice period not 7.
You signed a contract which apparently runs until March 2016 and you need to honor it. Of course, as others have mentioned, you can search for someone to take over your lease - but they will have to do so for the duration of your liability at the very least, meaning they'd have to want to rent it until March 2016 or later, but not earlier. Reason being that if the tenant (not the landlord) searches for a tenant to take over his lease, the prospective tenant has to accept the conditions of the current tenant's lease, one of which seems to be duration of the lease until at least March 2016.

So despite this being a renter's market, it probably won't be easy to find a tenant, I'm sorry to say.
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

It's quite normal to have only 2 days a year to give notice by in ZH.
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You signed a contract which apparently runs until March 2016 and you need to honor it. Of course, as others have mentioned, you can search for someone to take over your lease - but they will have to do so for the duration of your liability at the very least, meaning they'd have to want to rent it until March 2016 or later, but not earlier. Reason being that if the tenant (not the landlord) searches for a tenant to take over his lease, the prospective tenant has to accept the conditions of the current tenant's lease, one of which seems to be duration of the lease until at least March 2016.

So despite this being a renter's market, it probably won't be easy to find a tenant, I'm sorry to say.
I'd imagine he's out of his initial contract and the contract is just rolling over each year...but there are still only certain moving out dates.
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Aghh, I need to leave Switzerland soon which is sad and emotional and my landlord of 4 years says I am liable until March 2016. This seems barbaric. I know I signed the lease but when I moved here 4 years ago flats were rare around Meilen. Now it is a renters market.

How am I meant to do viewings and a handover after I leave!!! Just pray I get a tenant soon.
So essentially you signed a contract you didn't bother to care about for multiple years. What's a fitness studio contract?

This has exactly nothing to do with Switzerland, but everything with reading a contract before you sign it, and amending it once in a strong bargaining position.
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Re: Rant about Swiss tenancy contracts

In the UK tenants will leave at any time that suits them after the initial contract which can be any length from 6 months upwards no matter what the contract says and you trying to get them to pay up. Waste thousands chasing them through the courts, judgement in your favour and all they say is they have no money and you cant get blood out of a stone. How do I know, 35 years as a Landlord of many properties and 28 years as a professional letting agent.
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In the UK tenants will leave at any time that suits them after the initial contract which can be any length from 6 months upwards no matter what the contract says and you trying to get them to pay up. Waste thousands chasing them through the courts, judgement in your favour and all they say is they have no money and you cant get blood out of a stone. How do I know, 35 years as a Landlord of many properties and 28 years as a professional letting agent.
You should not be complaining, if you had been a UK landlord 45 years ago there were rent controls & you had sitting tenants that you could not get rid of.
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Only paying 1 months deposit has a lot to do with this.
Insisting on a guarantor, would help you.

You should not be complaining, if you had been a UK landlord 45 years ago there were rent controls & you had sitting tenants that you could not get rid of.
Quite correct, but the deposit now has to go into a recognised official deposit, so it is not always easy to recover the full deposit. Guarantors are a grey area and can help if they are still solvent when you need to claim.
I was around when rent controls were in place, and there is talk of them being introduced again by certain parties. Here again the main problem is not the professional Landlord but the ones that do not belong to any recognised bodies and see letting as a good earner for the back pocket.
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