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Sharing a flat with elderly people?

Hello everybody!

I was reading an article about rentals in Switzerland on a blog for expats, and now i wanted to have a look at it again, but cant find it.

So it stated that a lot of elderly people live alone, and they rent out a room in their apartman, they get some extra money and the other side doesnt have to worry about where to live. Win-win situation. Great friendships can also develop from this.

My question is, does anybody ever ran across something like this? Is it an existing thing? I also read that there are agencies which are specializing for these kind of business.
I am interested in Zurich area, close to the Airport.
I would really like to give it a try.
Or is it bad idea?

Thank you for your time!
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Re: Sharing a flat with elderly people?

I read something about this, rentals for students. No idea where though.


But if you are looking for something cheaper near the airport, there are a lot of small apartments in Kloten to rent.
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Re: Sharing a flat with elderly people?

'Wohnung für Hilfe', an initiative by Pro Senectute, sounds like what you are looking for:

http://zh.pro-senectute.ch/de/unsera...nfuerhilfe.htm

More info can be found in the linked documents.

Contact details for the Zürich coordinator are at the bottom of the page.

The program is limited to students from Switzerland and the EU, however.


ETA:

If I am still here in my golden years, I will sign up for this. What a great program!

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Re: Sharing a flat with elderly people?

as a student I lived in the Triemli Personal Haus. Which doubled as residence for some elderly people.
Price was amazing, and a new batch of German nursing students every 6-9 months---wish I still lived there
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Re: Sharing a flat with elderly people?

Thank you for your respond! I was dying to find a nice apartman in Kloten!! i searched all the obvious sites on this topic, comparish, etc, but didnt see them.
We are a soon-to-be married couple, and will work at the airport.
where did you see the apartmants for rent in Kloten?
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Re: Sharing a flat with elderly people?

I tried this out once while living in Sthlm a few years ago. Very friendly elderly guy with a girlfriend (she didn't share the roof but stayed over rather often) and cheap rent - but then I became the gardener of the house. "Oh, and this one too, please..." and "don't forget to...". In the beginning I didn't mind, as I thought that I was contributing to my own living environment, but at some point I realized that I was a gardener that was paying to stay in a small room that they wouldn't need anyway. So I moved out on good terms.

If you're a girl, I would consider being cautious: stories of (young) people asking to pay rent in "services" are not too uncommon either. These services vary from pure sexual engagement to being asked to wear only certain (limited) clothing at home.

Now, I hope I didn't scare you, but simply a friendly warning to not be too naive and think that things might not be 100% as expected.

Either way, good luck!
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I tried this out once while living in Sthlm a few years ago. Very friendly elderly guy with a girlfriend (she didn't share the roof but stayed over rather often) and cheap rent - but then I became the gardener of the house. "Oh, and this one too, please..." and "don't forget to...". In the beginning I didn't mind, as I thought that I was contributing to my own living environment, but at some point I realized that I was a gardener that was paying to stay in a small room that they wouldn't need anyway. So I moved out on good terms.

If you're a girl, I would consider being cautious: stories of (young) people asking to pay rent in "services" are not too uncommon either. These services vary from pure sexual engagement to being asked to wear only certain (limited) clothing at home.

Now, I hope I didn't scare you, but simply a friendly warning to not be too naive and think that things might not be 100% as expected.

Either way, good luck!


Nonono, nothing like that. i would move with my husband at the beginning of September.
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