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Shortage of rental housing around Vaud?

Hi, Trying to get an idea of how much housing would cost us in various areas in the French speaking regions. There doesn't seem to be many houses advertised. Since most of the population rent, this surprises me. Is there are severe rental housing shortage? Does 5000CHF (pm) seem reasonable for a 3 bedroom house. seems awfully expensive. Any ideas what the average monthly rental price would be for a 3 bedroom house - I understand it depends on region, but roughly!!??
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Re: Shortage of rental housing around Vaud?

Maybe somebody will be able to pop in with a rent estimate, but to your other question, in Vaud around la Cote region it is impossible to find a place. Further from the lake, into the mountains or away from big cities, you might get luckier. Good luck, though.
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Re: Shortage of rental housing around Vaud?

A 3 bedroom apartment in Vaud (along the lake in the region Nyon-Lausanne) would go for about CHF 3500 a month, this would get you probably a balcony and some sort of view (mountain or even the lake), a house with a garden would be more than CHF 4000. If you look for something in the mountains (St Cergue, Pampigny, etc) it gets cheaper (you can expect about CHF 3000/month) but this would mean a longer commuting time specially if you use public transportation which can be very limited (e.g. one bus an hour, changing buses multiple times,etc), so if you go for this region I'd say that having a car is a must.
Having said that, even if you have a budget of CHF 3500, finding an apartment in this area can be very frustrating, there is not much available right now and it's been like that already for long time. If you don't speak french things can be even more difficult. I am the do it yourself type of person but with such a difficult market I think having an agent would make your life a lot easier.
The region Montreux-Vevey is cheaper so if the commuting time to your work place is reasonable my advise is to look in this area.
Note: The prices given above include the charges for hot water.
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The region Montreux-Vevey is cheaper so if the commuting time to your work place is reasonable my advise is to look in this area.
Interesting that Montreux/Vevey is cheaper .. I take it compared to Geneva/Nyon side of Lausanne. My friend told me, who lives in Chexbres, houses are being bought up my foreigners, just for holidays, hence pushing the price up and depleating supply. I guess we all love a view of the lake and if you want that you have to pay the price.
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