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Old 07.02.2011, 16:49
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HI everyone,

Just wanted to ask your opinion on something. I have recently had a request for an apartment in Allschwill accepted. But... I signed the application beforehand on my girlfriends behalf (as she's out of the country currently), and now they want me to pass on her passport and also obtain her signature for the contract.

Should I a) fess up b) just get everything signed by her and hope they don't notice that the pretend one on the original contract isn't matching or c) continue to live a lie and forge everything!

I'm inclined to go for option b myself, but I'm sure the wider EF would have an idea of what the best option is, given experience with the officiousness (or not) of the Swiss estate agencies..

Yes, it was foolish. I know.
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Old 07.02.2011, 17:14
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Just fess up and say that she was travelling and had authorized you to sign on her behalf. It shouldn't be that bad.
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Re: signature issues - new apartment

Tough one. In Switzerland the name on the lease = the body living in the apartment. If this is not the case, the landlord can kick you out.
Usually, even if you have a 'visitor' stay more than a week you should inform the Building supervisor. If you have a long term mover inner you need to have that person officially signed to the lease. See how down the line landlords are? So do yourself a favour. Straighten it out - even if you risk losing the place.
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Tel them you forgot to add p.p.
There is no intended fraud here, nothing to lose sleep over.

Just don't break up with the gf.
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Old 07.02.2011, 17:19
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i'd go for option (b).

or you could consider option (d) start cross-dressing
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Re: signature issues - new apartment

Thanks for the replies everyone. I've decided to chance it and opt for b (and I know that's not a thing one wants to hear in Switzerland, but the excellent back up of saying about the pp will be in my back pocket).

If it doesn't work out, I'll turn up at one of your houses*. That's how the EF works right? ;-)

*in a dress.
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I highly doubt they are going to check the signature on the application (which is not the contract, BTW) and the one on the lease..... Just have your girlfriend sign the rest of the documents and move on with your life!
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Re: signature issues - new apartment

in case anyone's interested.... and how could you not be with such a gripping storyline?

I opted to just ignore it and sign everything else properly. An earlier poster has it spot on I think when they said that it was simply the application form that was originally 'forged'.. the proper documents, contracts et al were the ones that mattered.

So, it all worked out in the end, as things generally do.

Thanks for the advice!
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