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rent depot, into the landlord's account?

Hi everybody,

I need help / advice on the followinbg situation, maybe some of you have more experience than I do.

I have lived in Zurich for 6 months now, in an apartment that I need to leave next month. I have found a new place, great and all, and I have alread signed the contract. It says that I should put the rent depot in an account at my name and pay the first month's rent before moving in.

So far so good. However, the landlord insists that the depot should be payed to his personal account, claiming that he will later transfer the money to my rent-deposit-account. I don't see the reason. Do you think that's usual? Has that happened to anyone of you? Or has everybody just payed the depot to their own accounts and then handled the certificate to the landlord?

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Re: rent depot, into the landlord's account?

Sounds slightly off. Both times we've rented apartments here, the rental company has opened a brand new account, just to hold the deposit. (Both with Migros bank, co-incidentally). The new account has both our name & the landlord's name as joint signatures, so neither can just disappear with the money.
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Re: rent depot, into the landlord's account?

Absolute no-go. If in doubt, go the the bank and open your own account - explain that it is for rent purposes and that it should be blocked, unless released by the landlord.
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Re: rent depot, into the landlord's account?

The landlord explicitly said he won't accept something different that this way. I give him the money, then he transfers it back to our account.

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Re: rent depot, into the landlord's account?

Your landlord may not receive the payment on his account - smells like someone who is trying to take advantage of you..
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Re: rent depot, into the landlord's account?

Your landlord is asking for something that is illegal in Switzerland!

The Swiss law specifies a blocked bank account in your name! He can choose which bank.

Are you being scammed? Have you actually been inside the apartment? Have you met the landlord?

Do not give any landlord any money! Insist it goes into a blocked account in your name!

And YOU pay the money into this account and show him the receipt, or walk away from this deal!
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