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Old 27.09.2011, 15:12
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Re: Switzerland Rental Prices: How NOT to get SCREWED

Do as a local and pester friends, colleagues, clients, hairdresser, baker, waitress and tell them you're searching. Waiting for a dream home to appear 'available' on a website is a terrifically demoralising year long endeavour. Most people I know take over a friend's place and the appartment isn't advertised.

Can't live in fear of getting screwed; you'll end up driving a Cayenne and grinding your teeth.
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Old 27.09.2011, 15:20
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Do as a local and pester friends, colleagues, clients, hairdresser, baker, waitress and tell them you're searching. Waiting for a dream home to appear 'available' on a website is a terrifically demoralising year long endeavour. Most people I know take over a friend's place and the appartment isn't advertised.

Can't live in fear of getting screwed; you'll end up driving a Cayenne and grinding your teeth.
I'm doing that already don't worry but very few leads come through that way, great when they do though!

I'm more worried about moving in the cold December or January than not finding a place... worst comes to worst I've already got storage lined up and ready to crash at a mates spare room for a couple of months till the spring I guess... Would give me better negotiating grounds and fire power as most people moving, unfortunately, leave the advertising bit till 4 weeks or less before they due to move out! In fact where I'm living now is gonna be vacant soon but noone knows about it apart from me and the Verwaltung... (145sqm for CHF2470 ex NK [CHF330] if anyone is interested pm me)

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Old 27.09.2011, 15:21
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Re: Switzerland Rental Prices: How NOT to get SCREWED

The problem with the genossenschaft is once your in your in
My son really wanted somthing bigger from the start but they told him if he moved into the smaller one hed be first on the list for a bigger one as soon as 1 came free.
Hes waited 1 year.
They arnt bothered if your non swiss either as long as youve been here a while.
Ps my sons 1 room flat is still free from the 15th Okt
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Re: Switzerland Rental Prices: How NOT to get SCREWED

The other way is to make your employer do the search for you and find you the apartment.
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Old 29.09.2011, 14:56
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The other way is to make your employer do the search for you and find you the apartment.
Not sure there are many employers who provide such a service...
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Re: Switzerland Rental Prices: How NOT to get SCREWED

So I went all in yesterday and faxed my first serious application to the agency along with all the required documents and a cover letter in english as I thought it would be quicker to write one myself.

All in the post now first class and registered and got my fingers crossed!
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How do I find out about those?
Probably won't get one as an auslander and they must have so many priority lists it would make it virtually impossible.
Easiest way (ie how we found one) is to look for the new developments and sign up off plan. BGZ for example puts all info on their building plans on their website. I'm sure the requirements vary between genossenschafts, but in ours you have to be Swiss/c permit holder/b permit from EU, no dogs allowed, and preference for larger flats to families. Not onerous, and plenty of foreigners around.
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... and a cover letter in english as I thought it would be quicker to write one myself.
Good luck, hope you get the place.

But if not, I've been advised a few times to write (or have someone write for you) the cover letter in German (or the local language), for obvious reasons. It's also a great idea to submit references in the local language from your neighbours and from your current landlord (if you've been a model, or at least not objectionable, tenant).
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Good luck, hope you get the place.

But if not, I've been advised a few times to write (or have someone write for you) the cover letter in German (or the local language), for obvious reasons. It's also a great idea to submit references in the local language from your neighbours and from your current landlord (if you've been a model, or at least not objectionable, tenant).

Thanks 22 yards I would liked to have sent the cover letter in German but it would have taken too long and someone else might have got there before me... I'm hoping my eagerness to get it might sway them/him somewhat, I have a reference letter from work which is of course in German, didn't have a chance to request a reference letter from my current landlord so I will request that for future reference anyway!

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