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Old 11.10.2007, 19:32
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Building renovations - is this normal?

Hi. Hubby and I just found out that in 2009, our building will be renovated. 2009 is a long way away, but by Swiss apartment standards (how long it takes to actually find a place), it's not.

We've been told by the people in the building next to us that they are being compensated for 1 month rent but have to find their own place to stay for 6 weeks. They have to move everything out (not sure on who's dime) and to top it off the rent is going up minimum 500 CHF when all is said and done.

Our problem is that we have a cat and a dog, and no family we could rehome them with while the renovations are taking place. Our dog is big, it's not easy finding a place to live that is suitalbe for her, let alone temporary housing.

I have no idea how this whole thing works - is this normal? Does anyone have any advice or suggesions?

I know an easy solution is to move, but we have a great apartment and don't want to leave; but at the same time don't want to pay an additional 500+ CHF per month.

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Re: Building renovations - is this normal?

I had a friend in a similiar situation. The short answer is find another apartment to live. To move everything out and find somewhere to live is simply not worth it when you consider the move back also its too much hassle. Unless you have a real attachment to that apartment vacate.
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Old 13.10.2007, 23:18
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Re: Building renovations - is this normal?

It seems to be happening a lot in Zurich at the moment. AFAIK the notice you've been given is most likely within the law. You can try contacting the Mieterverband to find out what your rights are.
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Re: Building renovations - is this normal?

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It seems to be happening a lot in Zurich at the moment. AFAIK the notice you've been given is most likely within the law. You can try contacting the Mieterverband to find out what your rights are.
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Just received a letter as well that due to renovations I may have to move out. Have no idea if this is legal or not and will find out from the Mieterverband.
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Re: Building renovations - is this normal?

well i wouldnt trust them when they say you can move back into the apartment on ___date. your relying on construction workers who are always late...

yes you will be out a lot money for moving and time looking for a new place. thats how it works here, the tenant always looses. i know how hard it is getting a new apartment with a dog. good luck. i heard if you apply and are rejected for at least 3 apartments you can request to stay longer in your place. but i would check with Mieterverband first.
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