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Old 09.08.2011, 15:16
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How to proceed for Apartment Change??

Currently I am staying in 1-Room apartment, and planning to move into a bigger apartment (2.5 to 3). I have sufficient time to give the notice, and then leave apartment in 3 months.

But considering the demand in Zurich, I am not sure if I would be able to get a good apartment in 3 months. And currently not much option availabel for the dates after 3 months.

So I am not sure how should I approach this:
- Should I give notice, and keep on searching...? This saves the trouble of finding new tenant for current apartment.
- Or I should first get an apartment then I should give notice, and search next tenant. (Somebody suggested that finding new tenant is always easy than apartment )

Please guide, and share your experience.

Thanks
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Old 09.08.2011, 15:57
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Re: How to proceed for Apartment Change??

It's a little bit difficult to understand your text, but I will take that you currently live in a 1 room apartment and would like to move to a bigger flat in the near future (which you haven't found yet).

Zürich being Zürich, you might be able to find a flat in 3 months, or not. If you cancel your contract now, you have the risk of not having a roof over your head in 3 months.

Be aware that it's not just finding a new flat available to rent that suits you: you have to be accepted! You may read many stories in this forum of people who found their dream apartment, only to be refused by ridiculous reasons (among which the fact they are foreigners). Apartment hunting demands equal doses of skill, luck and monies...

In my humble opinion, I wouldn't cancel the current apartment you have until you are sure you have a new one waiting for you. But I like to play on the very safe side when it comes to having a home in a foreign country...

In this kind of situation only you can safely balance the risks, Zurigo.
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Old 09.08.2011, 16:06
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Re: How to proceed for Apartment Change??

I agree with you
I would prefer to pay double the rent for some time rather that take the chance and have nowere to live
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Re: How to proceed for Apartment Change??

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Currently I am staying in 1-Room apartment, and planning to move into a bigger apartment (2.5 to 3). I have sufficient time to give the notice, and then leave apartment in 3 months.

But considering the demand in Zurich, I am not sure if I would be able to get a good apartment in 3 months. And currently not much option availabel for the dates after 3 months.

So I am not sure how should I approach this:
- Should I give notice, and keep on searching...? This saves the trouble of finding new tenant for current apartment.
- Or I should first get an apartment then I should give notice, and search next tenant. (Somebody suggested that finding new tenant is always easy than apartment )

Please guide, and share your experience.

Thanks
I think it's pretty straight forward:
  • The demand for housing is high in Zurich, so find the new apartment you want first.
  • Make sure there is at least a months grace overlapping both places.
  • Advertise in the right places and you will shift your old apartment in no time.
  • Don't get stuck with nowhere to live, so budget to cover the rent on both places for at least two months.
You may have a 3 month obligation to fill the existing place, but as long as you can provide the replacement tennant, this is rarely a problem.... Perhaps it's best to speak to the landlord about this first though, they may even have someone asking for your place already.
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Re: How to proceed for Apartment Change??

Hi All, Thanks a lot for your suggestions
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Re: How to proceed for Apartment Change??

Whereabouts is your apartment and how much is the rent?
I have a 3 room apartment and maybe want to move into a 1
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