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What to do between moves

i tried searching for this so apologies if already covered, but we are coming up on a move and a thought occurred to me that no one around me has been able to answer -our sublet ends March 31, and so far the apartments we are looking at all have seemingly strict April 1 move in dates- I understand that this is a very busy period for moving, but if everyone has to be out of their apartments at the end of the month, but can't move in until the first, a. What do you do with your stuff and b. Where so you go on the night of the 31st?
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Re: What to do between moves

Hey there! I had the same fear when I first moved into my apartment. But it turned out the girl was leaving 2 weeks before the end of the official lease, so we just did the handover early and I was able to move in without any drama. I would suggest asking your real estate, hopefully they will be helpful :-)
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Re: What to do between moves

Because it is only one night, it is no worth the hassle renting a storage unit (loading, unloading and re loading and unloading on the 1st).
Put your belongings in the removal truck, leave it overnight in the truck, stay the night at a hotel and move in on the 1st in your new flat.
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Thanks! I guess I'll those are basically my best-case/worst-case scenarios so I'll hope for one and prepare for the other.
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Talk with your new and old landlord. I find the swiss are generally willing to make deals. I mean, they might make you pay for 1 additional day, but they seem willing to solve problems where they exist.
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Re: What to do between moves

Check what, exactly is written in your contract. As far as I know, in Zurich, strictly speaking, for a lease ending on 31st March, the keys must be handed over by 12h00 on 1st April. Since the landlord can't possibly be everywhere at the same time, to inspect the cleaned flats for damages and receive those keys, it is very, very common that there's a kind of rollover shift.

Therefore, it is worth asking all the parties involved, about possibly moving in, or out, a few days earlier or later:
- your current landlord
- the tenants who will be following you
- your new landlord, and
- the tenants who are vacating what will be your new flat.
All those people, in turn, might well be consulting with those in the chain either side of their moves.

Sometimes it is possible to negotiate to have access to the cellar of the new place in advance (usually not general access, but with one or two specific appointments with the tenants who are leaving). Then you can start moving your goods before the actual key-date. I would, however, use this offer only if the new cellar is completely empty of the possessionsn of the leaving tenants.

If you consider letting the tenants who follow you into your cellar, be sure to a) inform that landlord and b) get the new tenants to sign a paper that declares that from DATE, everything in "your" cellar belongs to them, not to you. This will save you from any requirement by your current landlord to empty the cellar.

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