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Moving in Etat des lieux - timing

i am moving into a new rental house on 1 September. The current tenant is still in place. the real estate agent has requested that we do a joint etat des lieux inspection with the departing tenant tomorrow or Friday - ie nearly a week before we actually take on the lease and get the keys.

i understand that, typically in Switzerland, we would have 10 days from signing the etat des lieux inventory to add anything else that we find that may be wrong with the house onto the inventory list.

I have read that it seems to be normal to do a joint entry and leaving etat des lieux as it saves time etc. My concern is that, if we are doing the etat des lieux a week early and I don't get the keys until 1 September, then i lose a week out of those 10 days in which i could doing my own follow-up inspection. Also, what happens if there is some damage caused (eg a leak) between the date of signing the etat des lieux and me taking the keys?

I am not comfortable doing the etat des lieux a week early and i have communicated this to the real estate agent but (no surprises) i am being ignored.

i am in the process of joining Asloca but don't think i will be able to get with them in time before the planned entry etat des lieux.

Any thoughts?

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Old 24.08.2016, 14:43
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Re: Moving in Etat des lieux - timing

I agree with you. You should get the keys immediately after the inspection. If the agent wants to do the inspection early, then he gives you the keys early.

Otherwise tell him you will be there on the day of the start of your contract, for the inspection, and the handover of the keys.
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Re: Moving in Etat des lieux - timing

Managed to speak to ASLOCA and they agreed with everything mentioned above. I have no obligation to attend an etat des Lieux that is earlier than my move-in date. ASLOCA thought it was "ridiculous". It's just the estate agent being lazy and trying to save time.
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Managed to speak to ASLOCA and they agreed with everything mentioned above. I have no obligation to attend an etat des Lieux that is earlier than my move-in date. ASLOCA thought it was "ridiculous". It's just the estate agent being lazy and trying to save time.
Of course. You have zero responsibilities before your contract starts, other than paying the deposit and the rent for the first month.
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