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Finding a flat as a separated man

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How tricky is it to find a flat, when you are a separated man.

My wife and I are going through a rough patch. One option is to separate the flats. Hopefully it won't come to that but if it happens, would the landlords be adverse to renting out to people in these situations.

If it's trickier than a normal house hunt, what tips can you give to increase one's chances to find a flat?

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Old 26.05.2021, 23:45
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Re: Finding a flat as a separated man

I dont think anyone cares as long as the rent is in line with what you earn
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Re: Finding a flat as a separated man

I agree that the landlords will not mind one way or another, as long as they can feel confident that there is enough income to pay the rent. You are still married, and you and your wife can have two flats. However, typically married people are both required to sign the lease.

If you are uncertain of whether or not your marriage will continue, and just need some space apart from each other for a while, one option might be to just rent one room in a shared flat. These are often with students, but not always. Alternatively, you could sub-let a place on a temporary basis, for just a few months, to give yourselves time and room to breathe, and to think about whether you really want to separate or to move back together.

See rooms in shared flats here: https://www.wgzimmer.ch/en/wgzimmer/search/mate.html?
and temporary flats here: https://www.ums.ch/furnished-apartments/zurich/
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Old 27.05.2021, 00:45
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I agree that the landlords will not mind one way or another, as long as they can feel confident that there is enough income to pay the rent. You are still married, and you and your wife can have two flats. However, typically married people are both required to sign the lease.

If you are uncertain of whether or not your marriage will continue, and just need some space apart from each other for a while, one option might be to just rent one room in a shared flat. These are often with students, but not always. Alternatively, you could sub-let a place on a temporary basis, for just a few months, to give yourselves time and room to breathe, and to think about whether you really want to separate or to move back together.

See rooms in shared flats here: https://www.wgzimmer.ch/en/wgzimmer/search/mate.html?
and temporary flats here: https://www.ums.ch/furnished-apartments/zurich/
Only for the "family-flat". Which will be the one he leaves the wife in.
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Re: Finding a flat as a separated man

Yes, that's so for the "family flat", definitely. If they formally split up, then he and his wife should approach the landlord to ask for the rental contract to be transferred into his wife's name only, or else they should both give notice together, and both move out.

I was under the impression that, for as long as they are married, they would both have to sign a new contract, too. Perhaps I'm wrong about that.

In any case, it seems that OP is still hoping that they won't, in fact, really spit up.
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Hello,

How tricky is it to find a flat, when you are a separated man.

My wife and I are going through a rough patch. One option is to separate the flats. Hopefully it won't come to that but if it happens, would the landlords be adverse to renting out to people in these situations.

If it's trickier than a normal house hunt, what tips can you give to increase one's chances to find a flat?

Cheers!
Lots of single men rent smaller apartments... the landlord doesn't need to know you are married or going through a rough patch.
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I was under the impression that, for as long as they are married, they would both have to sign a new contract, too. Perhaps I'm wrong about that.
Must depend on the canton, certainly not the case here.

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I dont think anyone cares as long as the rent is in line with what you earn
This, yes, but if he is already paying rent on one apartment, this needs to be taken into consideration.
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Lots of single men rent smaller apartments... the landlord doesn't need to know you are married or going through a rough patch.
On the rental application form there is a question as to whether you are single or married.

As someone else suggested, it would be less complicated to rent something furnished on a short term basis.
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Yes, that's so for the "family flat", definitely. If they formally split up, then he and his wife should approach the landlord to ask for the rental contract to be transferred into his wife's name only, or else they should both give notice together, and both move out

I was under the impression that, for as long as they are married, they would both have to sign a new contract, too. Perhaps I'm wrong about that.

In any case, it seems that OP is still hoping that they won't, in fact, really spit up.
I definitely didn't sign for my ex's new flat when he moved out.
I even let him off the hook money-wise for the "family-flat" after 3 months (he took his annoyingly sweet time to get out, so that was my "punishment" ) but he had to sign the termination when I moved on about two years later as of course he had to stay on the contract until the divorce which was a few months after.

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One option is to separate the flats.

If this route does become necessary you can find some useful tips here: https://www.facebook.com/classictvmo...6748216358538/




Sorry! Hope you find a suitable resolution.
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