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Repercussions of breaking lease

Hi ,

I am finding it difficult to find a new tenant.

I have given 3 months notice but am in the middle of the contract year.

What happens if I just pack up and leave ( i'm moving overseas) ?

Obviously I will loose my 3 month Guarantee.
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Old 08.10.2013, 14:29
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Re: Repercussions of breaking lease

I was under the impression that Geneva has a housing crisis. How have you been advertising your place?

I bet if you put the details on here, someone will snap your hand off.

You only have to find one replacement and the landlord has to accept or find his own replacement.
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Re: Repercussions of breaking lease

I've advertised just about everywhere, contacted relocation companies, posted on boards, etc, etc.

A couple of viewings but no luck.

Just looking down the gun at the worst possible scenario.
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What happens if I just pack up and leave ( i'm moving overseas) ?
You are free to pack up and leave just keep paying the rent until the end of your contract period/accepted termination. You can try to get the regie to do an early handover, or get someone you trust to do it on your behalf if you need to leave.
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Re: Repercussions of breaking lease

what kind of place do you have, where is it, how much is it, when is it available?

pictures would help
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I've advertised just about everywhere, contacted relocation companies, posted on boards, etc, etc.
It must be massively overpriced then.

Have you tried GHI, anibis, etc..
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Re: Lease Termination

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That's an ridiculous lease. These rules are completely out of date with the reality of Switzerland today i.e. full of transient foreigners.

Contact your Mieterverband - they will help you sort it out.
-thank you. We're in a similar situation and this info. really helps.

Cheers!
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-thank you. We're in a similar situation and this info. really helps.

Cheers!

Don't hold your breath util you get a positive outcome.
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True that.
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Re: Lease Termination

LBea, if your notice points for termination of the lease are limited to just three days per year (and you're far from alone in this respect), you have a couple of options:

1. Ask your landlord/agent to amend the contract to allow, say, 3 months' notice from the first of any month except December (that's what I did, and it was approved);
2. Accept the terms of your current contract, put in notice now and start looking for a "Nachmieter" (replacement tenant). In Zürich, you shouldn't have too many problems finding one.
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Re: Lease Termination

I had a similar situation (in canton ZH though). We rented a family apartment and then had to terminate the contract prematurely.

In each contract you have the possibility (or should) to end it also outside of the pre-set termination dates, PROVIDED you present a new tenant. This should not be impossible, at least around big cities.

It took me some 6 weeks to get a new tenant who overtook my contract. I advertised on the usual classifieds portals. I put some extra energy into writing an actually attractive copy, made great fotos (with our furniture, with my iPhone in panoramatic view). To be honest, the ad was waaaay better than any landlord usually does.

So my experience is that you CAN terminate outside of the set dates and if you go the extra mile, you can find a new "Mieter".

Good luck!
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Terminating contract [early lease cancellation]

Hi Everyone,

I have recently moved apartment and did the hand over at the end of June. I gave warning that I was intending to leave some 2 months in advance. I even let the Hauswart choose any convenient date in June for the handover.

I have however received a letter stating that I am due rent from July and that they are in the process of kicking me out and starting legal action.

I don't know exactly what is going on and I am fairly sure I followed all of the required dates and things for informing them. Am I missing something or is this just a case of general incompetence from the housing company.

thanks in advance
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Re: Terminating contract

what did the contract say for your old place? I bet it's not them......
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Hi Everyone,

I have recently moved apartment and did the hand over at the end of June. I gave warning that I was intending to leave some 2 months in advance. I even let the Hauswart choose any convenient date in June for the handover.

I have however received a letter stating that I am due rent from July and that they are in the process of kicking me out and starting legal action.

I don't know exactly what is going on and I am fairly sure I followed all of the required dates and things for informing them. Am I missing something or is this just a case of general incompetence from the housing company.

thanks in advance
Do you have all the giving notice/handover admin in writing?
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Re: Terminating contract

I would check your contract... many of the contracts in Zurich have 3 month notice periods, along with specified dates that the contract can be terminated (mine had only 2, Mar 31st & Sep 30th, although from what I have heard many have 3 so have the additional date of Jun 30th). If yours is a 3 month notice period with the standard 3 specified dates you may well find that you are liable for the rent up until the end of September.


If this is the case, start searching to find a replacement tenant as soon as possible to reduce the length of time that you have to continue to pay rent.


Good luck
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Re: Terminating contract

Why not take the old contract to work and ask a friend to help you understand it?

Usually there is:
1. a minimum rental period
2. one or more dates when you can leave the apartment
3. the length of notice period required before the leaving date

You might need to find a sub tenant very quickly!

READ this book asap: http://www.amazon.de/Living-Working-...in+switzerland
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Re: Terminating contract

Wrote about this before, but in Switzerland not even death releases someone from a rental contract. My dad died just after the official notice day- so we had to continue to pay rent until we'd found someone to take over the lease. Good luck- but as said above, get someone who understands legal German to check your contract.
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Advise on opting out of rental lease

We moved here 18 months ago and very foolishly (following the advise of our relocation consultant which now annoys me) we rented a house which costs us a lot every month. Its a beautiful house but each month its leaving us too tight financially, we need to really move out soon.

We have 7 months left and must give 6 months notice which I have already done. We would happily move to an apartment and pay less. However its been going on a while as we could only hand in our notice now as per the agreed contract our relocation consultant managed. Basically after talking to friends we were taking for a ride! As you know financial pressure can cause a lot of stress.

Anyhow what's the worst that can happen if we leave early and move to an apartment. Do we just loose our deposit ? Its cheaper to loose the deposit than stay!

Also we could try find a replacement tenant which I think is doubtful in this current rental climate. Where would you advertise?

Thank you for the advise

A very frustrated and stresssed tenant
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Re: Advise on opting out of rental lease

your contract will say exactly what you need to do. Perhaps rehire the relocation agent or a different one and try the rent it out.

Give your 6 months notice and ride it out I am afraid. They can / will come after you for the rent not paid. Then you pay rent for both places..... .
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We moved here 18 months ago and very foolishly (following the advise of our relocation consultant which now annoys me) we rented a house which costs us a lot every month. Its a beautiful house but each month its leaving us too tight financially, we need to really move out soon.

We have 7 months left and must give 6 months notice which I have already done. We would happily move to an apartment and pay less. However its been going on a while as we could only hand in our notice now as per the agreed contract our relocation consultant managed. Basically after talking to friends we were taking for a ride! As you know financial pressure can cause a lot of stress.

Anyhow what's the worst that can happen if we leave early and move to an apartment. Do we just loose our deposit ? Its cheaper to loose the deposit than stay!

Also we could try find a replacement tenant which I think is doubtful in this current rental climate. Where would you advertise?

Thank you for the advise

A very frustrated and stresssed tenant
The landlord takes you to court and recovers what is due.

(plus costs of course)
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