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Old 19.11.2014, 15:06
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Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Sorry, I'm sure I've seen a thread on this before, but I'm buggered if I can find it. We're leaving our flat at the end of our notice period (so not looking for someone to take over our lease), however we agreed with the landlord that he could give our contact details to prospective new tenants, and I've been a bit inundated.

I want to do viewings all at the same time to reduce the cleaning/tidying/dog-wrangling hassle, so I'm doing an "open morning". Unfortunately one of the interested couples can only do evenings and weekends, but I really don't want the bother of visitors in my relaxing time.

Do I have the right to say that weekends and evenings are not convenient, or can the landlord expect me to be more flexible?
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Old 19.11.2014, 15:32
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I'm buggered if I can find it.
Does that mean you're trying to find it, or not?
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Old 19.11.2014, 15:35
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I want to do viewings all at the same time to reduce the cleaning/tidying/dog-wrangling hassle, so I'm doing an "open morning". Unfortunately one of the interested couples can only do evenings and weekends, but I really don't want the bother of visitors in my relaxing time.
Looks like they won't be getting the flat then.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

You only need to present 1 person who's financially capable...

No need to invite half Zurich and disappoint them anyway!

I'm sure the visit time on the morning you have set up will be more than enough to comply everyone's wishes.
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Old 19.11.2014, 15:42
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

I found this one, but not sure it will help.

http://www.englishforum.ch/search.php?searchid=13555379

I think you're allowed to say no if you want to. It's not as if you're refusing any viewings, just ones that are inconvenient for you.
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Old 19.11.2014, 15:46
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Since you are under no obligation to find the next tenant, agree to viewings only at your convenience. Don't forget to tell them about your annoying neighbour though .
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Old 19.11.2014, 16:42
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Cheers all. Much appreciated.

I think we're doing the agency a favour by doing the viewings anyway, but I just wanted to double-check that there was no general legal obligation to let people look around.

Phone has been ringing off the hook, so I shall stick to my guns on times.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

And make them all wait in a queu to view one at a time, or you`ll have strangers wandering all over on their own without your supervision (to make sure nothings filched).
Some folk seem to make a habit of "just viewing".
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And make them all wait in a queu to view one at a time, or you`ll have strangers wandering all over on their own without your supervision (to make sure nothings filched).
Some folk seem to make a habit of "just viewing".
And of course insist they take their shoes off
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

I arranged two weekend viewings.

One morning, one evening for a 30mins slot.

I wasn't going to do more than that, plus it yielded plenty of applicants.

The guy who jumped on my dining table because my lion (french bulldog) freaked him out, didn't make the cut.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

I know I've posted about this before, but also can't seem to find the exact thread now.

Anyway, the Regie or owner can't simply impose visits whenever it suits them, nor (without your express permission) can they put your name, address and telephone number onto any advertising they do and expect you to arrange visits, etc.
Remember that you're not obliged to show people around who just turn up on your doorstep without an appointment either!

What you should have done was arrange with the landlord/Regie/agents a mutually acceptable time-slot per day or a couple of 'open days' when you were prepared to show the apartment.
But you have to be reasonable about it, you can't just say that you're only prepared to show people around on one afternoon between two and three and that's all.
Alternatively, you could leave a key with the concierge who will show prospective tenants around, but you should still be forewarned that a visit is about to happen. And I mean a day or so beforehand, not ten minutes!

As you've already agreed to your contact details being handed out without stipulating any conditions you're in a slightly trickier situation, but offering to hold two or three visiting sessions at different times of the day should be acceptable.
I'd suggest resigning yourself to one morning, one afternoon and one evening, each session being an hour long? And stick to your guns about it; the landlord can not insist that you hold open-house all hours of the day and night for everyone who rings you.

If someone wants the apartment badly enough they'll find a way of getting to see it.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Good grief, I don't want a load of smelly feet wandering around my flat! (Mind you, with two dogs living here, I suspect that getting folk to walk round in their socks might actually make the place cleaner…)

When we told the agents they could give enquirers our number, I hadn't really expected so much interest, to be honest. The place was empty for 12 months before we moved in, and the location outside the city seemed to put off all the people who approached us when I advertised it on here.

Anyway, I've stuck to my morning timeslot for this week, and I'll do an afternoon viewing next week if there's still demand.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Just a thought, Switzelrand is notoriously small and incestuous, if you give the landlord a hard time, fine he has no choice but to accept, but maybe if you need a reference one day....

Also at the handover at then end of the leae if you have been reasonable there is far more chance the handover may go easier, however if you ply hardball, he may also learn and play hardball.

I suggest you speak with him, say there is plenty of chopice so no problem findingh a new tennant and arrange 2 open days for a couple of hours each time.

I am not entirely sure, but i think there is some obligation to allow new tennants the possibility to view after handing in your notice, although i do not know the exact wording.
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Re: Showing prospective tenants around - rights and responsibilities?

Oh, I'm not worried about being blackballed. The landlord is a pension fund, so we actually deal with a management company. Technically it's their job to arrange the viewings and show people round, so I think we're already playing "soft ball" by handling that for them, and they aren't likely to get personal. Anyway, we're leaving Switzerland (otherwise I wouldn't be leaving this great flat )
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