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estimate deposit

Hi,

I am moving from a rental house next month and I was wondering if I can request an estimate of how much I will get back from the deposit before the moving date? What are my rights? The house has been maintained very properly.

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Elisabeth
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Old 10.06.2012, 17:44
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Re: estimate deposit

The deposit money should have been put into a special blocked account for you and you should have been receiving yearly statements telling you how much interest it has earned during the year. This should give you a good idea of how much may be due you, but the final amount will depend on your agency/landlord being happy with the state of the property, cleaniness, etc. This will be decided at the final inspection before you move out and if they feel the place needs cleaning again for instance, then you will either have to pay for it to be done "properly" (Swiss standard, not yours as it didn't pass the first time) or the amount will be deducted from your deposit money before it's paid back to you.
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Old 10.06.2012, 17:50
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...how much I will get back from the deposit before the moving date? What are my rights?
I don't think I've ever heard of anyone getting back money BEFORE the moving date. Check out other relevant threads in the sticky at the top of this forum. There's quite a bit of info about leaving a flat there. (Sit down before you start your reading though. It doesn't always fill ones heart with joy to read about the experiences of other members)
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Old 10.06.2012, 18:15
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Re: estimate deposit

I have been lucky and the 3 times I moved I got all the money back plus the interest, within a month or so of moving out. Clean everything, buy new shower heads and cooker filters and get everything serviced and keep the receipts.

On one occassion I was docked 100CHF for a small 'chink' in the bathroom sink that I couldn't prove wasn't me.
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Old 10.06.2012, 18:19
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Re: estimate deposit

I have read somewhere here on EF that it can take up to 12 months to get your deposit returned, and apparently that is within the legal rights. I am pretty sure I am remembering that correctly, but if you do a search im sure youll find all the info you need here in EF
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Old 10.06.2012, 18:47
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I have read somewhere here on EF that it can take up to 12 months to get your deposit returned, and apparently that is within the legal rights. I am pretty sure I am remembering that correctly, but if you do a search im sure youll find all the info you need here in EF
This is correct, unfortunately if you need repairs done by the landlord, it can take up to a year for the landlord to get the bill for the repair, ie before they can pass it onto you. I have heard that some contractors, carpenters, builders etc only send out bills once a year. I find this difficult to believe, an ex landlord told me, but my accountant only sends me one bill per year! There were a few small repairs to do when we moved out of our last place. I managed to get the deposit back in four months, not easy if finance is tight.
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Re: estimate deposit

Yes the last time was made to wait for 12 months because the heating bill was not 'ready'. Luckily the deposit was not a huge amount. I tried hard but could not convince the guy to do it because he had this thing against foreigners.
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