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Viewing responsibility for flat

Hello,

I've sent my landlord written notice that I'm cancelling the rental contract on 31 March. That is one of the two dates per year that I can cancel the contract without finding a replacement tenant. I sent them written notice Monday, and got a package from them with application forms, and an apartment viewing form to return to them. Their cover letter said they want this sent back to them right away so they can refer interested people directly to me.

Now, the thing is, I want to put as little effort as possible in this. I can understand that I'll need to be around during one of the standard viewing appointments where everyone in Zurich comes to have a look, but, I mean, 31 March is one of my cancellation dates without finding a new tenant, so, why should I be willing to be an initial contact for all this?

Put another way, can anyone tell me what the least I have to do is here?

I'm quite busy in the first couple weeks of January, and really don't want to have people calling me directly for this. Also, I'll need a week at some point between now and the end of February to be out of the country, but haven't got the timing down yet. Thanks for any help. (I only spent 5 minutes looking for a similar thread, so I'm sure this will be merged into another one shortly )

ETA, I'm in Zurich, I guess each Canton has diferent rules on this.
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Re: Viewing responsibility for flat

We did not want people coming round to view the flat while we were still living there (long story short: mutts), so we came up with a compromise. We moved out early, giving the landlord and agency a few weeks to schedule viewings.

It was win-win for everyone; potential renters would rather see a sparkling clean empty flat than one in the throws of move-out chaos, we didn't have to worry about strangers and the dogs, and the landlord didn't have to worry about an interruption to his cash flow.

That left the agency solely responsible for dealing with viewings. Which is what they were paid to do, afterall.

Can you propose something like that?
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Re: Viewing responsibility for flat

We had a similar experience when moving: Doing the job of the agency when leaving an apartment
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We had a similar experience when moving: Doing the job of the agency when leaving an apartment
Sounds like you were in the same situation. I think I'll send them a letter with days when I can do a viewing. I'm afraid of your experience fielding calls all day, I have to work and won't do that unless it's legally required. My only struggle now is that I hope to have some interviews back in Canada in late January, but can't nail the dates down yet, at the same time work will keep me until 8 the first two weeks of January, so I'm not really available for viewings (at least not conveinently) until February, I'm guessing that's gonna be too late for Switzerland....
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Re: Viewing responsibility for flat

ES's thread is a good one. However, your case since you are leaving about six weeks early (if I read that correctly) you should probably do what MC did. Tell them you will be out of the country most of that time & they will have 6 weeks to find a new tenant. Hopefully you can find a compromise.

Personally, I would rather plan who, how many and when people come by. But it depends on each of our circumstances, contract, etc, etc.

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Re: Viewing responsibility for flat

I'm not really sure how far ahead of 31 March I'll end up leaving. I'm working here to 28 February, and am hoping not to have to start at a new job until 1 April, in which case I would try to push back my de-registration / final move out cleaning into early March, so likely too late for them to want to start viewing with occupancy from 1 April.

At the same time, I might end up having to start earlier at a new job, in which case I'd have to be out out by 28 February, giving them March to view.

I thought about it again in general, I didn't even have to tell them I was ending the contract until end of December, so I'll wait until atleast next week to see if I can firm up the time I'll be out in January. Then I'll write back end of December to them saying I'll do the viewing in early February, by the time they try to force me to do it earlier than that it will already by early February.
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Re: Viewing responsibility for flat

It doesn't take long to rent out a flat in Zürich. The sooner you get the viewings out of the way, the better off you are. If the agency is running an ad on Homegate, there is a way to sign up on-line for viewings, so you don't even need to be bothered by phonecalls. If you are not running the ad yourself, you will have to ask the agency to provide you with the viewings list. If they refuse to use this sign up feature, you will have to supply a phone number but you can specify what time you will accept calls.

Once you decide the viewing date (you can make it a Saturday or Sunday), you have the forms on hand, interested persons take a form and send it to the agency.

While you are not obligated to find a follow on tenant, it is really in your best interest to be co-operative here.
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i recommend getting a premium line number and taking non-refundable deposits for viewings
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I'm not really sure how far ahead of 31 March I'll end up leaving. I'm working here to 28 February, and am hoping not to have to start at a new job until 1 April, in which case I would try to push back my de-registration / final move out cleaning into early March, so likely too late for them to want to start viewing with occupancy from 1 April.

At the same time, I might end up having to start earlier at a new job, in which case I'd have to be out out by 28 February, giving them March to view.

I thought about it again in general, I didn't even have to tell them I was ending the contract until end of December, so I'll wait until atleast next week to see if I can firm up the time I'll be out in January. Then I'll write back end of December to them saying I'll do the viewing in early February, by the time they try to force me to do it earlier than that it will already by early February.
Well in that case then I think you should make an effort to let people see the apartment. Though I agree I wouldn't bother with it until after the holidays.

Anyway, even though it can be a PITA, It's MUCH easier to organize the visits yourself rather than 1) put up an open house or 2) have the agency make the arrangements. You can always give your fixed phone number instead of your mobile and then you only have to deal with calls when you are home and not all day at work/play.

Hey, you could probably get it rented by someone on here!

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Depending on what type of apt you have it could take only a couple of viewing to get the apt rented. And not having an open house also keeps 40 ppl from wondering if they go it.
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If you are not running the ad yourself, you will have to ask the agency to provide you with the viewings list. If they refuse to use this sign up feature, you will have to supply a phone number but you can specify what time you will accept calls.

Once you decide the viewing date (you can make it a Saturday or Sunday), you have the forms on hand, interested persons take a form and send it to the agency.

While you are not obligated to find a follow on tenant, it is really in your best interest to be co-operative here.
Why can't the tenant simply tell the agent which times are suitable for viewings and leave the agent to do all the work of showing people around, giving our forms etc? That would be in the best interests of the agent and owner too, as a disgruntled tenant would not do a good sales pitch - pointing out faults etc.
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