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Current rental situation Zurich ?

Hi All,

I would like to know how the current rental situation in the Zurich area is like? I found a lot of threads and articles saying finding rental apartment in Zurich is very hard, but many of those threads date back a few years so I don't know how relevant they are nowadays. is the situation any better?

I have a permanant role in Zurich 130 000 CHF/year.
I wonder how difficult/easy it would be to get accepted by the landlords?
I speak only a little German, fluent french however.
I aim at studio/apartments in the range of 1500/2000CHF.

1. Does renting outside zurich in places like Dietiklon, Opfikon, ... make it any easier? or are landlords just as picky as more central zurich ?
2. is the situation in Zug the same? would it be easier to find something in Zug (and commute to zurich everyday)?
3. I was thinking about renting a short term furnished apartment/room/shared flat first, but would this also be hard to find ?

I am not so much worried about the financial part of finding a place (i have seen quite a few online that i like) but i worry no Landlord would accept me as a new fresh foreign arrival ?

Thanks for any feedback/thoughts ...
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Old 13.06.2014, 16:59
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

I think that as long as you have the money and correct documentation (permit, job contract) then it should be fine. There are plenty of people here who moved to Switzerland and were able to rent somewhere without any problems - other than the heart attack when you see the size of the deposit
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

Which by the way can be 0-3 months rent. We're hoping to find somewhere with 1 or 2 months! If that's a struggle, can always get a company to pay that for you while you pay them an annual fee (essentially a loan specifically for deposits).

There are a number of temporary apartment search websites linked on this forum

http://www.englishforum.ch/property-...partments.html
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

It also depends on the time of year you are looking.
There are months when it's easier (March, April, May maybe June, September)
Impossible: December/Jan, some contracts say you can't give notice then.
Rest of the time there will be less on offer.

I usually get a sub-let first, then look around.
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

Just got new place, moving 1 July. It is just takes a time. I was looking at least 15-20 before got one. 1. secured well paid job, 2. non smoker, no pets situation helps.
Also you shouldn't be paying more then 25 % of your income. If rent is more then 25% you have a little chance to get it.
Reference will also help and good reason why you are changing place.
If it is any help to you.
PS. searching period in zh is 3-6 moths in avarage
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

According to my experience, being a foreigner is not a problem, you just need to have a job and earn enough. It might take some time to find a place in Zurich which is normal.
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

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Hi All,

I would like to know how the current rental situation in the Zurich area is like? I found a lot of threads and articles saying finding rental apartment in Zurich is very hard, but many of those threads date back a few years so I don't know how relevant they are nowadays. is the situation any better?

I have a permanant role in Zurich 130 000 CHF/year.
I wonder how difficult/easy it would be to get accepted by the landlords?
I speak only a little German, fluent french however.
I aim at studio/apartments in the range of 1500/2000CHF.

1. Does renting outside zurich in places like Dietiklon, Opfikon, ... make it any easier? or are landlords just as picky as more central zurich ?
2. is the situation in Zug the same? would it be easier to find something in Zug (and commute to zurich everyday)?
3. I was thinking about renting a short term furnished apartment/room/shared flat first, but would this also be hard to find ?
There are plenty of furnished apartments available, some are even downright affordable - it's just that the affordable ones are also not exactly luxurious and also often not directly in the city.

http://www.homegate.ch/rent/furnishe...=default&tid=1
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

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I would like to know how the current rental situation in the Zurich area is like?
Generally: bad as always.


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I have a permanant role in Zurich 130 000 CHF/year.
I wonder how difficult/easy it would be to get accepted by the landlords?
I speak only a little German, fluent french however.
I aim at studio/apartments in the range of 1500/2000CHF.

1. Does renting outside zurich in places like Dietiklon, Opfikon, ... make it any easier? or are landlords just as picky as more central zurich ?
2. is the situation in Zug the same? would it be easier to find something in Zug (and commute to zurich everyday)?
3. I was thinking about renting a short term furnished apartment/room/shared flat first, but would this also be hard to find ?
You will find a studio for 2000. Might even find a 1BR for that (i.e. in Switzerland 1 BR, 1 living room). Probably not in the center (Kreis 1), though, but most others.

Being a foreigner doesn't matter. 25% are foreigners here, they all find places to live. German knowledge doesn't matter either as long as you have someone who can correctly fill the application form(s) for the apartment(s) for you.

Looking outside Zurich will increase your chances on finding a place, and probably faster than in Zurich, though it depends where. The commute might not even be longer from one of the suburbs into the city - it's all close and small.

There are plenty of furnished apartments available and that might even be your best bet - rent out one of those and look for an apartment while here.

You have to know that for any apartment in Zurich, there may easily show up 100 people to look at the place and half of them might apply. If you don't have your paperwork ready and can send it pretty much immediately, you stand no chance. I would recommend to never rent out an apartment (long-term) without having visited it - there's some awful apartments out there. Really awful. And there's plenty of scams too, so be careful.

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Also you shouldn't be paying more then 25 % of your income. If rent is more then 25% you have a little chance to get it.
Rule of thumb (also for landlords and agencies) is actually ⅓ of gross salary. 2000/month out of 130k is obviously not even close, so that will be no problem. Might even bump it up to 2500.
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Re: Current rental situation Zurich ?

I think your income and status as a foreigner shouldn't be a problem. When you do fill out applications, you may want to include a little side note to inform them that your position is permanent (e.g. to suggest that you won't be moving in a year).

If you're looking right in central Zurich, I think your biggest challenge is going to be the competition you will face from other potential renters. You will probably face a bit less competition the further away you get from central Zurich.

Good luck!
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