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Rental Extra Costs

I am moving over to Switzerland for the first time in a few weeks and have been looking online at apartments.

It may be a stupid question but what does the additional expenses in the rent cover? For example I am looking at an apartment for CHF1690 with additional costs of CHF235 leaving a grand total of CHF 1925.

Does the additional cost cover the utility costs such as heating and electricity?

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Re: Rental Extra Costs

Sometimes, but not always. I think ours covers water and heat, but not electricity. It's also (as I understand it) an estimate - so when they assess costs at some point in the year, and you used more water than your neighbors, you get charged more (and vice versa... theoretically).
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Old 14.10.2011, 16:53
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Re: Rental Extra Costs

Also grounds keeping, cleaning, lights in the common areas and sometimes it includes cable TV.
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Re: Rental Extra Costs

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Re: Rental Extra Costs

We just found an apartment and must have visited hundreds (or so it felt). I asked every time what the extra charges included, and most people reacted as if I were asking the stupidest question. Apparently it almost always covers hot water, heating, and extras like the concierge, maintenance, etc. Exceptions must be very rare.
 




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