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Do landlords agree to unfurnish a furnished apartment?

Hello My first post, so go easy please!

I'm 99% certain to be moving to the Montreux area in March 2011 and being a male single parent of a 14 year old daughter my choice of location for housing is very limited. The limiting factor is it must be close to her school so she can be self-sufficient in getting to and from there every daily - ideally walking. I will have a 50km each way commute to work so she must be able to get home by herself in case I'm delayed.

This forum has already been exceptionally useful already (and filled me with some fear I must add) but I have a question related to renting an apartment as follows:

Do landlords ever consider renting an apartment advertised as "furnished" but to changing to unfurnished if requested? As I mentioned, my location is really restricted to being within 2-3km of her school and I have seen a number of suitably located apartments...but frustratingly most are already furnished which I really don't want.

I have read it is a tight market and landlords hold the upper hand so I'm not very optimistic....just wondered if anyone already had some experience in this?

Finally, I read on this forum it is a tight market and good properties go quite quickly with many chasing each one. But have been looking on Homegate for around 4-5 weeks now and there are many still being advertised in Montreux and Clarens that were there in early to mid-November too. Is that area not very sought after....or landlords just slow to take their properties off websites once let?
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Old 13.12.2010, 17:03
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Re: Do landlords agree to unfurnish a furnished apartment?

Your location does not have to be so restrictive. Public transport is efficient, extensive, safe, frequent and reliable in Switzerland. I know many many children who travel up to one hour to get to school, at that age and older.

My son would leave home at 7am to get to school at 7:45, changing buses once.
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Old 13.12.2010, 17:09
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there are many still being advertised in Montreux and Clarens that were there in early to mid-November too. Is that area not very sought after....or landlords just slow to take their properties off websites once let?
End of the year really isnt a prime time for moving. It gets dark early, its cold and its near Xmas. Who is in the mood to stress themselves out except its absolutely necessary?

I dont know about the housing situation down here but here in zürich, furnished apartments usually belong to business apartments, or landlords who are going on long trips / sabbaticals and they are not keen to remove the furniture. There is a reason why the furniture is there.

But doesnt hurt to ask at all - and I dont see why they cant pay for a storage or find other use for the furniture if you are an ideal candidate. Good luck.
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But doesnt hurt to ask at all - and I dont see why they cant pay for a storage or find other use for the furniture if you are an ideal candidate. Good luck.
I agree it doesn't hurt to ask, but I'd have thought a landlord would have to be pretty stuck for tenants to reduce the rent substantially and pay for storage too.

There's usually a pretty large rent hike for providing a bit of Ikea furniture, and unless there's a glut of furnished apartments in the area, they are usually sought after.
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Finally, I read on this forum it is a tight market and good properties go quite quickly with many chasing each one. But have been looking on Homegate for around 4-5 weeks now and there are many still being advertised in Montreux and Clarens that were there in early to mid-November too. Is that area not very sought after....or landlords just slow to take their properties off websites once let?
Montreux and Clarens are not as sought after areas as from say Lausanne west to Geneva. They are also (bizarrely) seasonal. People still go and "summer" in Montreux. During the winter it's quite dead. This is probably why you are finding so many furnished apartments. Because it's a seasonal location, landlords can ask more for their short term furnished places than they will get for renting all year unfurnished. So I imagine that unless you are willing to pay the high price for furnished they will turn you down to take the furniture out. However, I agree it doesn't hurt to ask. I also agree that if you get a place that is on the bus line to your daughters school she can remain independent.
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