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Replacement Tenant Just Pulled Out what are my rights

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I am in a spot. We had found a replacement tenant for our house and they were vetted and the contract went out to them. Unfortunately they have pulled out just before signing as their son has been refused permission to stay in his old school. We live on the border between to towns and she was moving from one to the other. She is totaly upset but that doesn't help us much.

Are we totally screwed until our contract ends or we find someone else. We will soon lose the ability to show people around as we move in 2 weeks. It is a total nightmare.

Any help or advise would be appreciated. I tried searching but could not find a similar thread.

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Old 22.09.2015, 11:12
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You don't have any rights. You have to keep looking.
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Hi Forum,

I am in a spot. We had found a replacement tenant for our house and they were vetted and the contract went out to them. Unfortunately they have pulled out just before signing as their son has been refused permission to stay in his old school. We live on the border between to towns and she was moving from one to the other. She is totaly upset but that doesn't help us much.

Are we totally screwed until our contract ends or we find someone else. We will soon lose the ability to show people around as we move in 2 weeks. It is a total nightmare.

Any help or advise would be appreciated. I tried searching but could not find a similar thread.

Thanks
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Yes, you are totally screwed. You can't force people to sign/agree to a contract, so until someone does so voluntarily, you're out of luck.

You will have to pay until your contract runs out (when is that?), or you have to find a prospective tenant who signs the contract. Unfortunate, but that's the way it is here. Keep looking (however hard that might be) until you actually have proof of a signed contract. Only then is it safe to stop searching if you don't want to run into possible financial problems.
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Re: Replacement Tenant Just Pulled Out what are my rights

I had heard stories that you only had to find applicants. Not sure how I can let the property when none of us will still be living in Meilen.

We still have the house on Homegate. Is there anywhere else I should be advertising, I have asked friends to stick it up in their offices.
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Re: Replacement Tenant Just Pulled Out what are my rights

Homegate , comparis and on EF. I am sure you will find a tenant soon as there are more people searching for a home than the number of houses/apartments unless the rent is insanly high or the condition of house is very poor.
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I had heard stories that you only had to find applicants. Not sure how I can let the property when none of us will still be living in Meilen.
You have to find applicants who are willing to sign!! What this means ^^ is if you find people who will take it and then your landlord rejects them, well thats not your fault, you found him replacements.
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Hi Forum,

I am in a spot. We had found a replacement tenant for our house and they were vetted and the contract went out to them. Unfortunately they have pulled out just before signing as their son has been refused permission to stay in his old school. We live on the border between to towns and she was moving from one to the other. She is totaly upset but that doesn't help us much.

Are we totally screwed until our contract ends or we find someone else. We will soon lose the ability to show people around as we move in 2 weeks. It is a total nightmare.

Any help or advise would be appreciated. I tried searching but could not find a similar thread.

Thanks
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Unfortunately you don't have any rights if a new tenant decides not to sign, if the new potential tenant did not sign, then s/he is not obliged, nothing is official.

You either have to continue your contract, as per the notice period you gave, or find someone who can and is willing to take over.

Just keep looking and spread the word, also advertise on this website,
http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch


A lot of student in UZH and ETHZ look at this website and Melien is a good option for people working/studying in Zurich.

You say you move out in 2 weeks, I am afraid you will still have to go back to open the flat for viewing.

Best of luck!
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Re: Replacement Tenant Just Pulled Out what are my rights

Been there. You need to provide somebody who signs the bloody contract. End of the legal story.

Even the renters association agrees that just signing the form isn't it... and tells you to get more than one candidate as they often end up not signing.

https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv/miet...er-auszug.html
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Been there. You need to provide somebody who signs the bloody contract. End of the legal story.

Even the renters association agrees that just signing the form isn't it... and tells you to get more than one candidate as they often end up not signing.

https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv/miet...er-auszug.html
Thank you for the advice. I think the problem we have is that it is a house and over 30 years old so many people are put off by the stairs. I will keep advertising.
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as they often end up not signing.
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True, true... and understandable, as landlords/agencies rarely put the "spicy details" (e.g. the ones which could make prospective tenants wary of signing) in the application form, and upon finding these out (after giving a "yes, I'll take it for sure!" at the viewing) when reading the contract, they back out.

You never get to know the full picture of a lease at a viewing, and if the contract's details are significantly different from what was heard or seen at the viewing/read in the application form, people often say no.
Even in viewings with multiple people (I recommend these, OP - in groups of 6-15 people per viewing depending on the size of your flat, they take up way less time than separate viewings with individuals or couples), out of 50 people showing up you can get 20 "willing to take a form with them", 5 "willing to seriously consider", and 1-2 willing to sign.

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Is there anywhere else I should be advertising, I have asked friends to stick it up in their offices.
Migros, Coop, Denner, Lidl, Aldi noticeboards.
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