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Tenancy Handover

Hi all,

I'm after a second opinion regarding a tenancy changeover after being 4 months in to a year long tenancy.

I have found 2 tenants who have applied for the flat I'm in. I want to move in September / October and I have a tenancy agreement until April 1st 2015.

My landlord is not happy about it and has said that he can help me find a replacement tenant, for the cost of the fees for advertising and half a months rent. Pretty bad deal considering I can find them myself.

He's on holiday for a while but in the meantime I will send him a 30-day notice document by registered mail and as many applications as I can from replacement tenants.

As far as I'm aware, if I submit 1 solvent tenant, then I can leave with no extra fees. Is this correct?

I'm worried that he will try to take some of my deposit because of his 'annoyance' but I guess I'll have to deal with that if it comes to it.

Thank you for any advice!
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Now I wish you the best of luck- but you see- we keep hearing about landlords being a bit hesitant or more to take on foreign tenants- and that is one of the main reasons why- they just do not want to have short term tenants for a few months and have all the kerfuffle of changing, again and again, etc. I can understand it.

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Re: Tenancy Handover

It would be a good idea to join the tenants' association Asloca for some local advice,

http://www.asloca.ch/asloca-neuch%C3%A2tel
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Re: Tenancy Handover

Odile, I understand it must be a bit of a pain but I am very willing to do all the legwork to find a replacement tenant, and will pay every penny until the new tenant starts paying. I don't think I'm being unfair.
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Odile, I understand it must be a bit of a pain but I am very willing to do all the legwork to find a replacement tenant, and will pay every penny until the new tenant starts paying. I don't think I'm being unfair.
If the people you put up are solvent, legally here & wish to sign a contract, your free to walk away.

If the landlord wants to be choosy he can but on his dime & risk.
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Re: Tenancy Handover

Thanks.

I believe I need to write a registered letter to the landlord giving 30-days notice (even if it may be longer than 30 days until the move).

Does anybody have a template, or know what I should write for this?
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Re: Tenancy Handover

It's the date the people want to sign the contract on, your not giving notice as someone should be taking over , if they back out its still your problem.
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So I don't need to send a registered letter of notice, by law? I just give the tenants applications, do an end-of-lease check and walk away? (once other tenant has signed).
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So I don't need to send a registered letter of notice, by law? I just give the tenants applications, do an end-of-lease check and walk away? (once other tenant has signed).
Applications on their own don't help, the landlord has to refuse to accept someone who wanted to take over. If people apply & pull out it's still your apartment.

You might need conformation from the prospective tenant that they were turned down, a copy of the letter they got would be helpful.
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Thanks.

I believe I need to write a registered letter to the landlord giving 30-days notice (even if it may be longer than 30 days until the move).

Does anybody have a template, or know what I should write for this?
You need to give notice as per the terms of your rental contract, but at the same time you must inform the landlord that you are seeking someone to take over your contract. As has been suggested, join the tenant's association and someone can help you with this.

There are tenants who "test the waters" to see if they can find someone to take over their lease before they give notice or actively seek someone to take over the lease. But you need to do everything by the book, particularly if the landlord is "not happy".
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It's the date the people want to sign the contract on, your not giving notice as someone should be taking over , if they back out its still your problem.
This is not correct. Notice needs to be given to the end of the appropriate notice period. The date the new tenants want to move in does not change the legal notice period.

But the landlord cannot accept new tenants until he has the notice from the current tenant.
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Re: Tenancy Handover

Thank you for your help... in my tenancy, I have the 4 dates to move (3 months notice) - end of march, june, september, December - with my one-year-lease finishing at end of March. I.e. if I don't find an alternative tenant, I will need to give my notice by end of December and move out at the end of March with no obligations.

So right now, I guess I would be giving my notice by the end-of-September (to move out at end of December). But, I would find a tenant to move in during September / October.
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Re: Tenancy Handover

Can anyone please advise if the following notice letter is appropriate?


Dear Mr. X,

I refer to our tenancy agreement for the apartment: address, from April 1st 2014 to March 31st2015.

I wish to find an alternative, solvent tenant as areplacement tenant and vacate the property. Please consider this letter myrequired notice that I wish to end our tenancy agreement.

I wish to vacate the property on the 31st August2014 or, failing this, the 30th September 2014. I will find analternative tenant who will take over the lease from the 1stSeptember or the 1st October respectively.

Best Regards,

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