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Leaving houses in Zurich

Hi guys,

I will move to Zurich in the next month, so as it is quite hard to get one... I am already looking for some apartments.

I am seeing that all the renting contract are for at least 1 year at minimum. So I have some doubts regarding the notifying period in case I want to leave the apartment.

The point is that I will start in a new position in which I will be in a probation period for some months. So I want to know what could happen in the word scenario, in case I am fired during this months and I suddenly can not afford the rent for the rest of the year.

In some other countries in which I have lived, you usually only lose the security deposit that you pay at the beginning in case of leaving before the end of the contract but you are never obligated to continue for the entire year.

Could anyone out there help me ? Do you know how does it work in Zurich ?
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

You will have to pay to the end of the contract if you leave early. You can try and find someone else to rent and I think the landlord has to accept them if their references and credit rating are acceptable.

Try and negotiate a break clause explaining why and the landlord may accept this (we do) though he may charge a higher rent for the first three months as he has the cost of finding someone else to rent the apartment.

Otherwise I'd suggest renting a room in an apparthotel or AirBnB which may cost a bit more but will likely save you money if the job doesn't work out. An advantage of this is it will also allow you the time to get to know the area, check rental prices and allow the luxury of time to find what you want, where you want if hopefully the job works out.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I think from my experience is if you leave early you have to provide the landlord with at least one candidate that is valid. They cannot reject.

By valid means that the new people should meet the same criteria you met. If you have no pets the landlord may complain about it. And of course earn more the 3* the rent. If you rented a posh place you may have a hard time to find new people.

The two places I had to pass before contract expired were good value and in good location in Zürich so I had plenty of candidates. If you talk to the landlord and explain the situation they tend to relax a bit. It also depends how much trouble you caused them which in my cases were close to 0.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I'm not sure legally a landlord can ask for proof of how much you earn. He can't even take a credit check without you first agreeing. The check we usually make is by calling the previous landlord (not writing - they will not say anything bad in a letter) to see if they paid on time, had a pet - we don't allow them and sometimes they'll say they have no pet then bring one in anyway.

Of course if renting in Switzerland for the first time this can prove harder to do.
On one occasion we had to ask someone to guarantee the rent but that was an exception.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

In Germany you can get an information about your credit rating (Schufa Auskunft) for free , if you visit their local offices(for example Hamburg).
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

It really depends where you gonna live. But as far as I know, landlord in Zürich city is quite generous because it is obvious so many people are looking for nice houses in Zürich city. Landlords don't need to work so hard to find a new tenant.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I would start with a sublet or AirBnB. Don't tie yourself into a contract until you know the outcome.

This will also give you better idea on the preferred location once you start commuting daily.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

So did the two of you (Op an Sousa) perhaps find a match?
OP, if so you should be able to bridge the gap with AirBnB or similar.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I believe you just have to give your landlord 30 days notice and provide at least one suitable (and solvent) replacement tenant. This is stated under swiss law and not under the rental agreement.

The notice should be sent via registered mail so that you can prove that your landlord has received the notice.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I'd look at City Apartments, Swiss Star Apartments or search for furnished apartments on Homegate which can be rented on a month to month basis.

If you're looking for 1st April occupancy, it's a peak period for house moves so you'll have a lot of competition. I saw three come up on Saturday morning, just as I was going in to view a place. By the time I came away from the viewing, all three had been removed because they'd had so many people apply to view and were sure they'd have a suitable applicant from those. Those three ads were only live for 2hrs.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

I also had a friend that used Vision Apartments and they were very happy with it.
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Re: Leaving houses in Zurich

There are also a number of flats that are only available for 3-6 months, usually due to the building being renovated afterwards. These are often available with less competition (I looked around two, and got offered both, even without references being checked) and are cheaper. I was in the same situation and did exactly this, in september. Zurich has worked out well so I'm moving to a normal apartment in April.

Edit: examples:
http://www.homegate.ch/rent/105539039
http://www.homegate.ch/rent/105456641
http://www.homegate.ch/rent/105498234

I found those by searching for apartments in homegate, and sort by cheapest. 50% of those will be time limited ones.

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