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Old 06.12.2011, 22:54
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Re: 3 year lease

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4000 is not on the 'cheap' end of the rental market in Switzerland - so you are targeting a small group of people with very high salaries...and probably foreigners because locals with that sort of money to burn would be more likely to be trying to get a mortgage...
Locals prefer to rent rather than buy, it's the Americans & Brits that like to buy. The tax situation makes ownership a bad deal IMHO.
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Re: 3 year lease

Thank you for all the help folks. Will keep posting on the fate of this adventure.

Cheers!
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I agree that you should get your relocation agent to negotiate a 2 year lease for you. Tell them that you really really really want the house but your work contract is fixed term for two years.

If you can't negotiate a 2 year contract make sure there is a get out clause in there. When we rented out house out the contract that was prepared and signed with the tenant did not have a get out clause. They were responsible for the rent up until the end of the contract date. We did let them out early. But we were not obliged to do so.
This exactly.

Your relocation agent needs to start doing his/her job. The relo agent was hired to find appropriate housing - this includes a lease within the time frame of your contract.

That is what the agent is being paid to do. Don't accept less.
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Re: 3 year lease

if the relo agent was retained by your employer, they shouldn't even be showing you places that have a 3-year lock-in. we were in the same situation and had zero problem finding plenty of places in our price range that were ok with 2-year leases.

2 things we learned very quickly on our first house-hunting trip, since about half of the places we looked at were being shown by existing tenants and just about every expat we met tried to sell us a car:

1. don't get stuck with a remaining lease period if and when you move back.

2. don't get stuck trying to sell a car on the quick that you can't ship back home with you.

good luck with everything, I would have the relo agent push back on the lease period and/or keep looking : )
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