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Old 27.09.2016, 16:35
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Yep, I'm arriving in mid-october to start work on Nov 1st. seeing as I'm going from one job to another, those 2 weeks are all I have available. I'm doing all my research here and sending some e-mails to express interest in certain properties and so on but I'm just worried I won't have enough time.

Before anything else, we're here on my partner's Greek passport and it's been very well received by prospective landlords.


Our first apartment was a 4mth let, and the deposit was 4mths so we weren't asked for Betreibungs. They were essential with the second apartment we took. 3 or 4 mths rent is the usual deposit.


With the first apartment, we viewed it on November 18 2015, made the application that evening and moved in on December 1. The agent said it was a bit of a short time to get all the paperwork done, but they managed it.


Air BnB or a serviced apartment would be perfect for that first couple of weeks. It gives you a postal address in case you are asked for a Betreibung. For that, you apply online, it costs CHF 18 in the area that does them for us (Zollikon) and you usually receive it within 2 working days. It's a really simple and fast process.


You're probably best having a Swiss phone number to put on applications. We just got pay as you go sim cards from the Swisscom shop when we landed at the airport for CHF 19.


When you know the date you'll be arriving, get your viewings booked for the first few days. I did several viewings within 10 days of arriving here. As I said earlier, we ended up choosing the place that we'd seen before even arriving in Switzerland.


Good luck and if you'd like to my partner to call you and give any advice, please feel free to send me a PM. We have free calls to Greece
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Old 27.09.2016, 16:46
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Can any zurich residents provide some insight on this?
We're just across the lake from where you'll be staying, but the Betreibings for our village are sent from the next village.

This is probably going to be the link you need

https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...89&prev=search
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Regarding 5k chf for realocation. I guess they consider it to be gross. If paid with first paycheck, a lot will go on taxes. Happened to me. At the end net was 3.5k.

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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

On a completely random note...

Is it possible to offer the landlord more money for rent? and if so does that better your chances?

I'm asking because there is a couple of flat adverts I've seen that I wouldn't mind paying 100-150CHF more than what they're listed for if it saves me some hassle.
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

You probably can pull that off with private landlords, but in general it's almost unheard of in Switzerland to do that. It's in a gray legal area. There are a few rent control laws which the landlord risks to violate by doing that.
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On a completely random note...

Is it possible to offer the landlord more money for rent? and if so does that better your chances?

I'm asking because there is a couple of flat adverts I've seen that I wouldn't mind paying 100-150CHF more than what they're listed for if it saves me some hassle.
I'd say no! It could be seen as bad manners even. We got 200- p.m. knocked off our first place because it included a garage and we didn't have a car. The landlord just let the garage to another tenant.
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Regarding 5k chf for realocation. I guess they consider it to be gross. If paid with first paycheck, a lot will go on taxes. Happened to me. At the end net was 3.5k.

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I guess it's gross... it will be reimbursed for up to 5k chf, based on the actual receipts.
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