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Old 16.09.2011, 19:27
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Please help--Are we obligated to move?

Hi all-

We are in need of housing help. We agreed at the end of August (via email) to take over an apartment and submitted all of our paperwork to the tenant to pass along to his landlord. The couple still plans on moving out by Oct 1 but we have heard NOTHING back from the landlord. The current tenants say they have tried to contact him every day but have not information.

In the mean time, it is now mid September and we have not found anyone to take over our apartment b/c we have been waiting to hear if we are even approved to get this other place. The lack of communication is concerning and at this point, we don't even want to move anymore.

1) Are we still obligated to take the place. Nothing was signed, but we did agree to take it in an email.

2) Is this time frame normal? Why would the landlord take so long to respond?

Any advice and help is much appreciated!
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Old 20.09.2011, 00:20
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Re: Please help--Are we obligated to move?

If you did not sign a contract you surely can not be held to take the appartment?
like ypu said as long as the owner does not confirm you can have it it is even not sure you would be accepted by him.
Just stay were you are now and look for another place
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Old 20.09.2011, 00:41
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Re: Please help--Are we obligated to move?

Usually prospective tenants are asked to apply in writing by completing an application form. On the form it states if you do not sign the contract you will be charged a fee to cover cost of writing the contract, around CHF 150,--

However as you haven't seen this clause I can't see them holding you to your offer.

Maybe the landlord is on a Safari? Is there no housing agent?
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