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Flat applications: What do landlords look for?

Hi Fellow EFers,

I am in the midst of flat hunting, trying to move to Zürich or Thalwil. I have lost count of how many flats I have visited, and I have applied for approximately 15 flats already and have not gotten any of them. What are landlords looking for? I am wondering if it works against me that I am a single, young male professional and that I am not of European descent. I also speak some German, but am nowhere near fluent.

With each application, I have been submitting a CV in German, a cover letter introducing myself, a copy of my Betriebungsauszug, a copy of my permit (B), and a reference letter from my employer. I am not sure what else I need to do or what else I can do when applying for flats.

Help, please!
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Re: Flat applications: What do landlords look for?

As you might have guessed, you are not the only person with this problem. Look upwards! At the top of the Housing in General section there is a Sticky entitled
FAQs - you SURE your question/problem/requirement is unique? Look here before asking

There are two threads in there near the top, with tips in.
One is called How do rental agencies select tenants? -

Another is called Housing in General - How to rent a home in Switzerland for Dummies

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Re: Flat applications: What do landlords look for?

Thanks for pointing those threads out. I overlooked them in my haste to post my question to the forum.
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Re: Flat applications: What do landlords look for?

So do most other people! Hope they help you.
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Re: Flat applications: What do landlords look for?

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Thanks for pointing those threads out. I overlooked them in my haste to post my question to the forum.
In my experience, anything goes.

There is no logic in some decision making process from these houseowners.
Some can like you, some can dislike you for any reason.

Just answer the questions as honest as possible so that it is a match between you and the landlord. No point saying you dislike loud music when you are going to blast every night or weekend, etc. (just an extreme example).

Hope you have good luck.
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Unfortunately, there is no single answer to this question. Some landlords you will never meet, all they know about you is what they see on paper. If you are using someone to help you find a flat, and they know that person, that might be the only reason you get the flat.

Other times you do meet a landlord, sometimes they just go with the person who they just feel would be the best tenant. We agents try to "sell" our tenants to the landlord, and providing language support means the landlord has fewer problems.

What I can tell you is that any landlord who had a bad experience with foreigners is going to be very reluctant to rent to foreigners again.
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