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Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

We've applied for an apartment, been shortlisted by the agency and now selected to meet the owner. The agent told us when we viewed the flat that the owner might eventually want to meet us - he said it is "keine Prüfung" and we shouldn't worry... needless to say, I am ignoring him and worrying anyway. We both want this flat so bad we can taste it!

So we're meeting them both (agent+owner) tonight. Any advice for us - what to do, what not to do?

Should we bring a wodge of cash for the deposit and first month's rent? I have a vague impression that that's the Swiss way of making large purchases. Or will we just look like drug dealers if we do that? Maybe the real Swiss do everything by "Rächnig per Poscht"....

The deposit has to go into a separate bank account anyway, so there's no real point to bringing cash as far as I can see, except as a gesture to stress that we are ready to take this flat immediately. Which we are, so I'm happy to make the gesture (and it would be a nice excuse to spend all afternoon playing with one of those mythical CHF1000 notes!) - just want to be sure it won't backfire and make us look ignorant or unclassy. What do you reckon?
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:29
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So we're meeting them both (agent+owner) tonight. Any advice for us - what to do, what not to do?

Are you meeting in the new apartment? If so, then I'd take your shoes off before entering. Even if they say it's not a problem and you can keep them on.

Lots of Swiss expect you to do this so best to assume that the landlord is like this.
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

I wouldn't bother. Everything should be sorted by invoice.
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:33
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

Oooh good luck Mathnut!! I hope you and DB are successful.

Does this one have an underground balcony though
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:35
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Are you meeting in the new apartment? If so, then I'd take your shoes off before entering. Even if they say it's not a problem and you can keep them on.

Lots of Swiss expect you to do this so best to assume that the landlord is like this.
Ooh, good one! I hadn't thought about it. When we viewed the flat, the agent indicated it wasn't necessary, but you're right, an owner might have other ideas...

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Oooh good luck Mathnut!! I hope you and DB are successful.

Does this one have an underground balcony though
No - no it doesn't. That's the one downer. It has an enormous overground balcony though, which should partially console us.
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:36
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

I would not bring the cash on the table.

Realistically speaking you've been shortlisted and have yet to go one step further to keep the keys in your hand.

If you still feel like bringing the money on the table, you can tell them at the meeting, e.g. I was not sure to bring the cash for the deposit or can we transfer the amount through the bank.

As such you can bring on the topic without the need of putting all cards on the table.

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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

On 2nd thoughts, bring the cash as a bribe. Or are you going alone?
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:37
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

personally I think you should...

1.) bring woges of cash
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2.) let me know what tram you will be on
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:38
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

We had to make a second trip to meet the landlord as well.

We are from the UK and the main question they wanted to know was how English are we, could they meet with us just to see. Read into that what you will.

When we went into the office the contracts were ready to sign and within 10 minutes we were finished.

Don't take any cash, they will give you the bank details.
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

No cash, it might rub him the wrong way. Especially with some people thinking they can bribe owners into giving them the flat...
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:44
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

We brought cash to apartment hunting quite a few times. My swiss mates said that it was normal to show your interest, especially in Zurich. They money handed over is the first months rent and you should ask for a receipt. Worked well for basically all my workmates
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No cash, it might rub him the wrong way. Especially with some people thinking they can bribe owners into giving them the flat...
Hmm, I wondered about this...

The flat is in a small town in Glarus if that helps (i.e. probably not Zurich-level competition for housing) but still - probably better safe than sorry, right?
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

Tell DB to shave, don't act too lovey-dovey (potential noise for the neighbours), say "no" to children and I'm not sure about the reflector vests- Kittster will have to give her opinion.
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We are from the UK and the main question they wanted to know was how English are we, could they meet with us just to see. Read into that what you will.
Sorry can you explain this. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that you were English? I assume it's the usual colour question (shouldn't happen)

On a other thoughts.

I'm thinking when the time comes I shall I turn up on a horse with a suit of armour, shield and broadsword?

Perhaps borrow a bulldog?
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Tell DB to shave, don't act too lovey-dovey (potential noise for the neighbours), say "no" to children and I'm not sure about the reflector vests- Kittster will have to give her opinion.
The agent already saw them (well, saw one of them) and was much amused.

Won't mention kids unless asked... but it's a 5.5 room flat. Surely nobody who wasn't at least vaguely imagining starting a family would be looking at it, right?

Will do our best to keep our hands off each other... it's only for half an hour, sure we can manage for only half an hour...
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Dressing to look like an employee of a company that you are not actually employed with may also send the wrong signal. Or the right one, depends on the guy. Just be yourselves.
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And persuade DB not to launch into one of his self-important soliloquoys
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

- Dress smart (yes DB, shave!).

- Get there a bit earlier to get a sense of who lives in the building. Tailor your spiel according to that. Families in the building? Great, we love kids! - you get the idea.

- Ditch the idea of bringing the cash. We had the exact same type of interview for our first flat in Zürich after we sent in the application - even though it was not a long-term let. Landlady narrowed down to us and two others. Luckily, we clicked (well me and her clicked over my shoes. Go figure). Arrangements were set up for us to sign the contract and transfer the security deposit on a separate day.

- Breathe, smile and good luck!
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

Keeping my fingers crossed for you both. Perhaps you'll be living near the chap and his wife whom I know who live twenty minutes walk from the nearest road. I think there was a house to rent near them...

PS If you get it, do Mr L and I get first refusal on your spare room to enable us to go for hikes there without getting up quite so early?
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Re: Meeting apartment owner: bring cash?

Talk about how you can imagine living there and how wonderful it would be and how perfect the place is etc. etc. We were told to be extra positive about everything.
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