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I write mostly to find out what is the common attitude and practices ref. cleaning personnel in Zurich.

I read several posts in which people strongly advice in doing everything on paper with a regular contract etc. mostly because of the danger of having to pay serious fines if you do not hire somebody 'legally'.

However - Most people I know do not have these kind of agreements, therefore I am keen to find out what is the rule of thumb here.

I've tried to "avoid" the problem and ask a cleaning company but their rates are too high in my opinion, i.e. 50 CHF per hour. Sounds more like a lawyer rate!

Quitt.ch seems to be a very good solution: has anybody tried their services? Do I need to do anything else aside from that?

Most importantly - I am looking for cleaning personnel with good references; Italian, English, French or Spanish speaking.

Thanks a lot for your help - Suggestions.

JV
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Old 19.10.2012, 15:25
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Re: Maid in Zurich

Most men in Zurich just hire their Brazilian mistresses do that kind of thing. Only poor people who cant afford a 23 year old Brazilian mistress have to pay 50CHF per hour....!

But as a side-note we always hired friends from the Migro-Klubschule, whom we had gotten to know and trust.
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I've been looking for a cleaner for some time now. The individuals I have spoken to don't want to work on a contract and the company we had kept scratching and bumping things. (every ceiling had hoover marks and every step had blue lines from their hoover ). I would perfer the one person cleaning everything every week.

A few of my friends hire people without a contract, paying no AHV contributions and the person then pays no tax. I've heard they can make you pay a fine plus the AHV contributions and holiday pay up to 5 years prior if you get caught. I personally feel that it is wrong and don't want to take the risk of getting caught.
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Hello

I write mostly to find out what is the common attitude and practices ref. cleaning personnel in Zurich.

I read several posts in which people strongly advice in doing everything on paper with a regular contract etc. mostly because of the danger of having to pay serious fines if you do not hire somebody 'legally'.

However - Most people I know do not have these kind of agreements, therefore I am keen to find out what is the rule of thumb here.

I've tried to "avoid" the problem and ask a cleaning company but their rates are too high in my opinion, i.e. 50 CHF per hour. Sounds more like a lawyer rate!

Quitt.ch seems to be a very good solution: has anybody tried their services? Do I need to do anything else aside from that?

Most importantly - I am looking for cleaning personnel with good references; Italian, English, French or Spanish speaking.

Thanks a lot for your help - Suggestions.

JV
My mother uses the company ECTETERA. This is an institution that helps to integrate people into the work force who can't get a job easily. We have had the same cleaning lady for more than 10 years now. We pay less than 30.- an hour and they handle all the administration tasks.

Check them out, they might be able to help you!

Here is the webpage with the information for Zurich http://www.sah-zh.ch/etcetera/filial...etera-zuerich/

Oh and another thing. A cleaning lady is not called a maid here. It's called cleaning lady or Putzfrau in German. So be careful what you call it as some people might get offended if you ask for a maid or refer to a maid for that.
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I've tried to "avoid" the problem and ask a cleaning company but their rates are too high in my opinion, i.e. 50 CHF per hour. Sounds more like a lawyer rate!
A good lawyer in Zurich wil cost you mre like Chf 500 per hour !
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Hello

I write mostly to find out what is the common attitude and practices ref. cleaning personnel in Zurich.

I read several posts in which people strongly advice in doing everything on paper with a regular contract etc. mostly because of the danger of having to pay serious fines if you do not hire somebody 'legally'.

However - Most people I know do not have these kind of agreements, therefore I am keen to find out what is the rule of thumb here.

I've tried to "avoid" the problem and ask a cleaning company but their rates are too high in my opinion, i.e. 50 CHF per hour. Sounds more like a lawyer rate!

Quitt.ch seems to be a very good solution: has anybody tried their services? Do I need to do anything else aside from that?

Most importantly - I am looking for cleaning personnel with good references; Italian, English, French or Spanish speaking.

Thanks a lot for your help - Suggestions.

JV
Get a Roomba robot. It's much cheaper than 50 Franks an hour. It's legal. And you don't need to worry about it stealing the silverware.
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Get a Roomba robot. It's much cheaper than 50 Franks an hour. It's legal. And you don't need to worry about it stealing the silverware.
If a Roomba robot can also iron my shirts, I'd totally buy one!

I apologize for inappropriate use of the "maid" word: it bears no bad meaning in Italy, or English for whatever it matters!

Thanks for the useful suggestions.

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