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Getting deposits back

I left Basel at the end of April and am having problems getting my deposit off the agent, he claims he can, under swiss law, keep it for a year, does anyone know if this is true and secondly can anyone recommend a english speaking solicitor in Basel.

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Old 15.06.2012, 19:53
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Re: Getting deposits back

For the first bit, check this out. The bottom paragraph gives more information about getting back the deposit. Auszahlung der Mietkaution. Unfortunately clicking on 'English' doesn't seem to change much. Run it through Google translate if you need it.

You'll find a lot more (sad/bitter experience) information on the subject in the Sticky at the top of the Housing in General forum.
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Re: Getting deposits back

He can keep the deposit for up to a year. The problem is to accurately calculate your share of the heating costs, and the building maintenance fees.

If you paid less than CHF 250 per month "on account" then you might have some extras to pay for, due to the massive increase in oil price over last two years.
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Re: Getting deposits back

Thanks, very useful. THe landlord agreed the amount of deposit to be retuned (1800CHF from 200CHF) for redecoration contribution.
THe problem was he said I would get the money released at the end of May and has now backtracked. At least I know I will get it back eventually.
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Re: Getting deposits back

Just out of interest: is the landlord holding it himself or is it in a special rental deposit bank account registered in your name?

If he is holding it himself this would be illegal and you might be able to press him to release it quicker...like tomorrow.
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Re: Getting deposits back

He shouldnt be holding the deposit himself. There should be an account set up under your name?
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Re: Getting deposits back

Hi

I just wanted to ask regarding the deposit situation (I can't start my own thread yet so apologies for hijacking this one!)

I opened a joint rental deposit account with my landlord (it was a sublet).

She signed the form to release the money, this was sent to the bank however they have said that her signature does not match the database, I have now e-mailed her twice and tried to call her, but can't get through to her to get a copy of her ID to send to the bank.

Other than calling her, is there anything else I can do, or is this again a case of waiting for a year? Even though she did sign the form, the bank are just refusing to accept it.

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Re: Getting deposits back

The bank is right not to release the money if the signature is suspect - that's a protection for all concerned.

You need to contact the landlord and put the onus on her deal with the bank to resolve the situation. Send a registered letter with receipt so that you know that she received it. In your letter, put a date by which you expect to have a resolution.
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Re: Getting deposits back

Let's just say she wasn't the easiest landlord, but I will definitely try next with the registered letter and see what happens.

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Getting deposits back

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For the first bit, check this out. The bottom paragraph gives more information about getting back the deposit. Auszahlung der Mietkaution. Unfortunately clicking on 'English' doesn't seem to change much. Run it through Google translate if you need it.

You'll find a lot more (sad/bitter experience) information on the subject in the Sticky at the top of the Housing in General forum.
Ya, Im a bit worried. I am setting up an apartment now for a year but I have heard alot of people have trouble getting the deposit back =(
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I have now e-mailed her twice and tried to call her, but can't get through to her to get a copy of her ID to send to the bank.

Other than calling her, is there anything else I can do, or is this again a case of waiting for a year? Even though she did sign the form, the bank are just refusing to accept it.

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What she needs to do is go the bank in person with her ID. Some of the banks have deposit accounts held at certain locations, not at a local branch. In this case, it doesn't matter which branch she goes to, but she needs to have the account details with her.

Is all the money in the deposit account being released to you (as the tenant?) or are there any deductions? If so, even waiting one year will not be a solution.
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Let's just say she wasn't the easiest landlord, but I will definitely try next with the registered letter and see what happens.

Thanks a lot!
You are on the right track.
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