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Recommending a new tenant

Hi,

I will be moving to Lausanne this summer. A friend of mine will be moving out of his studio by the end of August. He explained me that he has a possibility to recommend someone as a new tenant.

I want to ask if anyone has experience in doing this or knows how it works in reality. In particular, how likely it is that I will be selected given the recommendation?

Some background about me (not sure if important): I'm going to be a PhD student at EPFL. EU-passport holder.

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Old 06.06.2016, 23:17
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Re: Recommending a new tenant

the new tennant must proof sufficient funds, has to have a proven " betreibungsauskunft" , be trustworthy(that he will treat the flat like it is his own).....
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Hi,

I will be moving to Lausanne this summer. A friend of mine will be moving out of his studio by the end of August. He explained me that he has a possibility to recommend someone as a new tenant.

I want to ask if anyone has experience in doing this or knows how it works in reality. In particular, how likely it is that I will be selected given the recommendation?

Some background about me (not sure if important): I'm going to be a PhD student at EPFL. EU-passport holder.

Thanks,
Tom
If your earning enough money you have a 90% chance of success, sounds like the person is leaving early, if they turn you down, he is out of his contract.

I got a flat this way in 1999
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Re: Recommending a new tenant

It depends. Some regies want to go through the process of a selection of candidates. Others just want the first acceptable person. I have a friend who was Russian PhD student here, saw a studio, the guy who was leaving put her application in and she got it without any further ado. In this case the regie found her acceptable and didn't require further candidates.
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It depends. Some regies want to go through the process of a selection of candidates. Others just want the first acceptable person. I have a friend who was Russian PhD student here, saw a studio, the guy who was leaving put her application in and she got it without any further ado. In this case the regie found her acceptable and didn't require further candidates.
If someone is leaving, the regies can do what they like at their expense, the beauty is by law they must accept 1 person willing & able to take over the apartment. They may ask for 3, however 1 is all that is required by law.

The advantage to the tenant is they don't have to allow any further viewings, if the regie turns down someone who is willing & able TOUGH LUCK. They can show the flat when it's empty.

If full notice is given, then it's unto the regie to do at their sole cost & risk, so yes they.
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Re: Recommending a new tenant

Personally, I'd try and make it a subtenant arrangement, with your friend of course informing the landlord (he has to, nothing the landlord can do about it as long as you don't pay more than 10% above of what your friend pays). After a while, perhaps a year, I'd say you contact the landlord offering to take over the contract, mentioning you've been there since xyz.

That way the landlord/regie will know you always pay on time, make no problems, etc. so there's exactly zero reason to not take you as a tenant, while doing so saves him/them from all the hassle of finding someone else. However, it will also make it more difficult for him to raise the rent, so that's the catch 22.
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We would not have gotten the apartment we got without a personal recommendation so, in our experience, very likely.
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Thank you all for helpful advice.
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