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They all have lower taxes than Zurich. Especially Gattikon, it's basically just a part of Thalwil. But the even more limiting factor is 1 room requirement. There aren't simply so many of them on the market. And the demand is enormous.
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

TBH I mentioned these areas because they're on the same train line as work and I'm not at all familiar with the bus/tram network and so on to pick alternatives.

Also, seeing as work is less than 10 mins from Zurich HB, pretty much anywhere within 20 mins or so from Zurich HB is on the table (I'm used to a 30-40 min commute). I just mentioned the ideal locations and ones that I would concentrate in (seeing as I can't see every available property in 2 weeks).

If there are any specific area suggestions to make things easier, they are more than welcome
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Old 26.09.2016, 15:06
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They all have lower taxes than Zurich. Especially Gattikon, it's basically just a part of Thalwil. But the even more limiting factor is 1 room requirement. There aren't simply so many of them on the market. And the demand is enormous.
The number of rooms don't matter that much, the relation between income and rent does - the OP won't find a 1k flat if he earns 120k. Cause no landlord will believe that he will stay there long-term. If he looks in a range of 1400-2000, which is what landlords will accept with one good income... do you have over 35 flats in Adliswil alone available right now. Some are small and modern, some older and larger...
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

In just did a Comparis search for apartments in Langnau, Adliswil, Gattikon & Thalwil with 1 or more rooms, for under CHF 1400 and got 40 results. If you search for under CHF 2000 it goves 134 results.

If you leave the number of rooms you want open, you'll be happily surprised how big an apartment you can get. It might even mean that you don't have to move when the family join you.

Just noticed you're from Athens. Word to the wise...don't get a cat and name him Malaka, then have to change his name three weeks later when you realise how many Greek families there are in the area. My OH's family live just past Kifisia.
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The number of rooms don't matter that much
I beg to differ. 1 room apartments are smaller => rent is smaller => more people can afford and want them. And there aren't many of them built. The trend in recent decades is to build bigger and bigger apartments.

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the relation between income and rent does - the OP won't find a 1k flat if he earns 120k. Cause no landlord will believe that he will stay there long-term.
It's not a hard rule. I've rented in the past a 900 Fr apartment at 200k+ income, no problems.

I think you're far more likely to get rejected because of a wrong nationality or being a newcomer to Switzerland than due to your income being too high.
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Cause no landlord will believe that he will stay there long-term.
It's actually to landlord's advantage if the tenant doesn't stay long term! An opportunity to jack up the prices (unless they are already sky high). Nowaday you can only raise it by 10% every time before needing a solid justification and risking a dispute
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Do you plan to frequently travel back to your family? Then an apartment between your work place and airport sounds as a better option.

My rent is 1/7 of my monthly net. So anything is possible.

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Do you plan to frequently travel back to your family? Then an apartment between your work place and airport sounds as a better option.
Unless you fly every day, I don't think the distance to airport is worth consideration. You might actually want to live further away from it due to the constant noise from it.
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Do you plan to frequently travel back to your family? Then an apartment between your work place and airport sounds as a better option.
I live further from the city than the OP. I have a direct S train to the airport which takes around 1 hour. Unless you are constantly flying does it really not matter if that train takes 1 hour or 20 mins. Distance to work and tax rate are much more important...
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Distance to work is more important. I am just saying that he can check this posibility as well. I am flying every weekend and I know that it is much more conveniant this way. For me, that is.

Nevertheless, my work is 20 minutes walking distance from my apartment.

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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

A couple of other serviced apartments in Zurich:

https://visionapartments.com/en-US/Home.aspx

http://www.guggach.com/en/
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Thanks to everyone for their responses

I am actually none the wiser compared to when I first posted but somehow I feel better about it :P
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The number of rooms don't matter that much, the relation between income and rent does - the OP won't find a 1k flat if he earns 120k. Cause no landlord will believe that he will stay there long-term. If he looks in a range of 1400-2000, which is what landlords will accept with one good income... do you have over 35 flats in Adliswil alone available right now. Some are small and modern, some older and larger...
Precisely.

Small and cheapish apartments are for intended for those who indeed cannot afford much more. OP clearly can.
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Precisely.

Small and cheapish apartments are for intended for those who indeed cannot afford much more. OP clearly can.
that is true... however for the first year, until the rest of the family gets here I'd prefer to find something as cheap as possible.
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who indeed cannot afford much more.
In your imagination. Don't kid yourself, this isn't how a free market economy really works.

For the people in need there are subsized apartments by the government or NPOs, welfare, homeless shelters (even in Switzerland), flatshares, and even other countries.
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In your imagination. Don't kid yourself, this isn't how a free market economy really works.
Agreed it's a free market but Treverus and Samaire are right in this case. Landlords are reluctant to rent out cheapo, pokey apartments to high earners for precisely the reasons given above.

It's a massive hassle to have tenants using cheap flats as a springboard for a couple of months until they find their intended, more upmarket, gaff.
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Agreed it's a free market but Treverus and Samaire are right in this case. Landlords are reluctant to rent out cheapo, pokey apartments to high earners for precisely the reasons given above.

It's a massive hassle to have tenants using cheap flats as a springboard for a couple of months until they find their intended, more upmarket, gaff.
really? reading this forum so far has made me feel 120k is borderline destitute :P
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really? reading this forum so far has made me feel 120k is borderline destitute :P
Sorry, I just read back through your posts - I wasn't referring to you, just a general comment about landlords/agencies preferring to match up accommodation with people on corresponding budgets.

120K a year? How will you cope, darling?

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120K a year? How will you cope, darling?

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For the people in need there are subsized apartments by the government or NPOs, welfare, homeless shelters (even in Switzerland), flatshares, and even other countries.
By far not enough, no. And there's a bit of a difference between "affordable housing" and "welfare" or "homeless shelters".

This is not about "people in need", it's about people who earn an average or slightly below average salary, and could simply not afford an apartment that cost 2000+.

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really? reading this forum so far has made me feel 120k is borderline destitute :P
Of course. It's practically poverty, in the minds of some here. You should be lucky you don't have to live in a box under the next bridge...

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however for the first year, until the rest of the family gets here I'd prefer to find something as cheap as possible.
I understand where you come from, but since you can't find anything (and likely will continue to not find anything - cause see above), you need to change your approach.
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