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Signing a housing contract - couple of questions

Hello folks,

So - I finally found an apartment. It is a lot of papers that I got, and I am trying to figure it all out before I sign it in a hurry.

I had one general question: It says that I have to sign a 1 year lease and that I can only move at end of March or September with 3 month notice. This effectively means that I cannot move out before 31st, March, 2013.

This is bit worrying for me because being an expat you never know what can happen. Is this normal and I should just suck it up and take the risk? What kind of options do I have if say I lost my job and have to leave the country, just thinking of a bad scenario!

I did read up few other posts on this, but I still wanted to ask it myself before I sign anything. Sorry.
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Re: Signing a housing contract - couple of questions

Your landlord might accept a suitable Nachmieter.

After submitting nachmieter applications to the landlord

http://www.nachmieter.ch/

If might also want to sign up for a year´s membership with local Mieterverband ( MV ).

http://www.mieterverband.ch/?id=2288
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Re: Signing a housing contract - couple of questions

So, If I am reading it right, I can break the lease if I find someone else to take it over. Not that I am planning to, but don't want to get trapped without any backup plans! Thank you!!
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Re: Signing a housing contract - couple of questions

You have to provide 3 suitable tenants to the landlord before
breaking the lease.
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