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Old 29.05.2015, 10:31
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How can i tell if this private landlord is genuine?

Greetings all,

I have recently been searching for an apartment in Zurich, and have found the perfect place, right next to my office. The apartment is brand new, and I found the listing on Homegate. The price is very reasonable (2400 inc NK) for a 2.5 room brand new apartment in one of the new build complexes at Hardbruke.

My concern is the landlord is a private landlord. I have heard this is a good thing, however is there any way I can verify he is the genuine owner? Are there any questions or documents I can ask for? I have read the sticky thread and he has confirmed the deposit will be placed into a joint holding account.

He has only asked for 1.3 months rent as a deposit which seems low... He wants to meet at the apartment next week so I can see it in person, and then sign the contract there and then if i like it.

Any advice?
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Old 29.05.2015, 10:36
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Re: How can i tell if this private landlord is genuine?

Do you know his name? Then just look him up online...

Does he want cash on the day? At that point, I would think 'dodgy'...otherwise...we rent from a private landlord and our rent is lower than lots of other options and our landlord just wanted one month's deposit...to be a landlord they are usually well-connected and have a history. i recently found out our landlord's family are also in the 'real estate' business...
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Re: How can i tell if this private landlord is genuine?

Well.... That's certainly embarrassing... I hadn't tried that yet. Thank you.

I Googled the chap and it turns out he is a Councillor at the Canton of Uri. I cross referenced his email address with the one on the official canton site. So as long as the chap I meet looks like the guy in his photograph on the site, then I think i should be safe
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Re: How can i tell if this private landlord is genuine?

meeting at the apartment is already a good sign. at least it is not the typical scam where they will post you the keys...
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Re: How can i tell if this private landlord is genuine?

Follow it through - but as another member posted 'no money upfront'.
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