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Old 21.01.2014, 20:10
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Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

Hi There,

Does anyone have any advice on leaving Swiss rental contracts early?
From my understanding on this website, it is imperative to find someone to take over the rest of our lease.
I signed a 3 year rental contract on an apartment in september 2013 with no get out clause, and I have been offered a new job abroad, which i have accepted, believing i would not have trouble finding someone to take over our apartment which is modern equipped.
I contacted my landlord 2 months ago and he agreed that we would go through our original estate agent to find someone to take over the rental contract.

It has been nearly 2 months since the estate agency has put an advert up on tutti.ch for our apartment, and granted, it has been Xmas, but we have only had 4 viewings on the apartment and noone interested enough yet to say yes. i am trying to contact the estate agency to get updates on what is going i.e. when people are coming over to view the apartment and if there has been any interest, however I am getting no reply from the estate agent now.

Due to the lack of communication from the estate agency, I decided to take the matter into my own hands, and put my own advert up for the apartment on home gate.ch. Although it looks as if some calls may have gone through to the estate agent (whose number I put on the ad as well as my own), i have heard nothing from the estate agent.
Does anyone have any advice on what i can do?
i will be leaving Lugano next weekend, and am worried that I still will not have found someone to take over the lease (I am resigned to the fact that i will be paying for the rent on this empty flat for February, at least, but am loathe to pay rent for much longer afterward March).
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

If it comes to the crunch ....Check if debt can be recovered from the country your moving to and if not ...then well ...it's down to if you want to keep on paying for an empty apartment or not. Guess you would lose your deposit.
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If it comes to the crunch ....Check if debt can be recovered from the country your moving to and if not ...then well ...it's down to if you want to keep on paying for an empty apartment or not. Guess you would lose your deposit.
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

Well , reading between the lines, the OP is stating ....
- 3 year lease - no early exit
- Can't find someone to take over lease
- Does not fancy paying lease beyond Feb , having left CH

What are his options ...Well keep paying or default.
Simples !
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Well , reading between the lines, the OP is stating ....
- 3 year lease - no early exit
- Can't find someone to take over lease
- Does not fancy paying lease beyond Feb , having left CH

What are his options ...Well keep paying or default.
Simples !
Reading between the lines? Or rather reading?


The reason contracts are drawn up and singed, is an assumption of a person's honor. And honoring of contracts they agree to upon mutually.


Apparently you have no honor yourself, otherwise you wouldn't suggest something like that.
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

IIRC some new places do have clauses that require a minimum 1 year stay - with 12 months being the earliest termination. I would still expect that you could terminate after the 12 months at the "usual" twice yearly dates.


Re-read the contact.


And don't stop paying the contract!!
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Reading between the lines? Or rather reading?


The reason contracts are drawn up and singed, is an assumption of a person's honor. And honoring of contracts they agree to upon mutually.


Apparently you have no honor yourself, otherwise you wouldn't suggest something like that.
Dear Mr Aggressive.
Whatever you want to conclude in your bitter angry reply.
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

I am just guessing but I would imagine that fewer people are looking for apartments in January than say the Spring or Summer, especially in the Tessin.

Also, the rent might actually be too high - maybe you were paying too much - and that could be putting people off.

Just a guess as I do not have all the details.
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Re: Leaving 3 year swiss rental contract to move abroad

Is it legal to do a contract for 3 years without notice period?
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