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Rental accommodation search horror stories...

How true are they?

I'm relocating to Zurich. Your average 120k expat. EU citizen.

Looking for a large studio or 1 bedroom flat somewhere around Adliswil/Gattikon/Langnau/etc.

Requirements: roof/heating & built or renovated in the last 2 decades :P (i.e. not really picky at all)

Reading the forums makes me feel I should start searching at least 9 months in advance... (which would make it around 2 months before I even started job searching)

Seeing as I'm quitting my job to start the new one in Zurich, I actually have all of 2 weeks available while in zurich and about a month in total (if I search/contact before I leave for Zurich).

Am I in trouble?
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Old 26.09.2016, 14:02
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Can't your new company help you out a bit? Even if they don't do a relocation package, if they are an international set up, the chances are they have expats from all over the place that had the same accommodation conundrums at the beginning.
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Old 26.09.2016, 14:06
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

serviced apartments are always available and will keep a half decent roof over your head till you find somewhere.

all the big banks etc will have details of the companies that rent them, swiss star appartments is (was) one of them
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

1 room apartments are highly desirable due to their small size and correspondingly low rent, and so relatively rare on the market and have big crowds of applicants for them. I doubt you'd get one in 2 weeks.

So plan on having a plan B. If you don't bring a lot of things with you, consider a flat share (Wohngemeinschaft) for the initial time while you're looking for something permanent. It can be usually cancelled on a very short notice, 2 weeks.
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Old 26.09.2016, 14:18
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

I would either go with a Flatshare as ivank mentioned or a serviced monthly rental initially.

If you tie in to a 1 bedroom it will be too small later when your bring over wife and family, doubt the houselord would allow it.
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If you tie in to a 1 bedroom it will be too small later when your bring over wife and family, doubt the houselord would allow it.
The solution to this problem is simple: get a bigger apartment when you get/bring your wife and kids here. There's no need to plan too much ahead. It's quite doable to find a new apartment over the course of a few months when you need it.
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

Family coming over is 1 year away at the earliest (rather than a few months) hence why I thought it would be ok.

Flatshare would be my last resort.

Are there serviced apartments outside the city centre? Because I haven't seen anything so far.
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Old 26.09.2016, 14:26
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Family coming over is 1 year away at the earliest (rather than a few months) hence why I thought it would be ok.

Flatshare would be my last resort.

Are there serviced apartments outside the city centre? Because I haven't seen anything so far.

they are everywhere

https://swiss-star.com/?lang=en
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Flatshare would be my last resort.
What's wrong with it? If you're on a budget and don't have a lot of things, I think it makes perfect sense. Serviced apartments cost an arm and a leg and are (from my experience) often inflexible about extensions and cancellations. You don't know how long your house search will take, it can be a week or several months, so I'd guess flexibility would be important.
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Can't your new company help you out a bit? Even if they don't do a relocation package, if they are an international set up, the chances are they have expats from all over the place that had the same accommodation conundrums at the beginning.
You would think so but their help was limited to : "in the city of Zurich it is very difficult to find a payable flat. May you can try to find an apartment in the near of Zurich:" followed by a list of nearby areas

Them being my new employer, I resisted the urge to reply "no s**t, sherlock".
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

I agree with Bigblue2, and for what it's worth, it sounds like you're in a much better position than we were when we made the move. We only had a week from finishing work in the UK, selling as much of our furniture as possible, moving the rest 200miles back to the house I own, attending a wedding and packing for the move to Zurich. I don't do stress...just get a massive vertigo attack, so spent the first three weeks here having dizzy spells and staggering around like a drunk.


Join Comparis.ch and begin the search now, and I'm suggesting Comparis because they cover more agents than Homegate. I also find the facilities on their saved list easier to edit. Save properties you're interested to your shortlist and just keep a casual eye on them. Comparis will send you an email once or twice a day as new places come onto the rental market in the areas you're interested in, so you can whittle through them at your leisure.


We had four we were really interested in and considered flying over for a weekend to view, but only one would allow viewings on a weekend. So we went into a hotel, then serviced apartment and moved into one of the original four we liked three weeks later. That three weeks was time well spent getting to know the areas and transport links to my OH's work, etc. In hindsight, I would have gone straight into the serviced apartment.


One other tip, the very first item I bought here (3 days after landing) was a printer / copier. I got it for CHF 59 from Fust https://www.fust.ch/ and it proved to be worth it's weight in gold when printing off apartment details, google maps for how to get to them, and the documents we needed to secure the apartment.

Good luck!

P.S. We used City Apartments and they were great. The extended the initial rental once, then happily shortened it again once we got our apartment. http://www.cityappartements.ch/servi...FRUo0wod6vwClA
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

It's no Horror stories in your case but a tough/challenging journey.

You have to adjust your expectations and yes probably will need to have many applications, nothing related to "horror", you'll only lose time/efforts.

So there's a few things to learn, a few useful help (relocation, etc...), a few additional expenses which will be almost mandatory; nothing you can't do.

Come back with "horror" stories (or dumb ones) when you'll get scammed for paying deposit in cash or something similar.

The rest is just a journey, probably unpleasant one but do-able.

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It's no Horror stories in your case but a tough/challenging journey.

You have to adjust your expectations and yes probably will need to have many applications, nothing related to "horror", you'll only lose time/efforts.

So there's a few things to learn, a few useful help (relocation, etc...), a few additional expenses which will be almost mandatory; nothing you can't do.

Come back with "horror" stories (or dumb ones) when you'll get scammed for paying deposit in cash or something similar.

The rest is just a journey, probably unpleasant one but do-able.

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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

I got my 1 room apartment in 2 weeks. But those 2 weeks I checked about 20 places. Applied for 12, only one accepted my aplication. Meanwhile I stayed at swiss boarding house, full serviced apartments. They have several locations, including Kloten.

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I got my 1 room apartment in 2 weeks. But those 2 weeks I checked about 20 places. Applied for 12, only one accepted my aplication. Meanwhile I stayed at swiss boarding house, full serviced apartments. They have several locations, including Kloten.

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That was my plan as well. Searching and seeing places is all I'm planning to do in those 2 weeks. Glad to hear it's possible
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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

It is possible if you do not limit your self to a speciffic location.

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Re: Rental accommodation search horror stories...

I said it before, but it's an unpopular opinion: Yes, it's hard to get an upcycled hipster pad in Seefeld which has lakeview, high ceilings, antique wood flor but at the same time a garage and elevator... ideally for under 2k a month. If you check the market and have a realistic idea is it entirely possible to find something quickly in the area you mentioned around Adliswil.I never had to apply for dozens of flats but always got the one I wanted... last time I choose to wait for one month more as the landlord just got a cancellation in... and bridged the time with a serviced appartment.
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What's wrong with it? If you're on a budget and don't have a lot of things, I think it makes perfect sense.
I house shared a few times in my youth and never will again on a full time basis. You get to a point in life when you don't want to hold your farts in for the sake of decency, and when you want to be able to take your bra off when you get home without comments from housemates r.e. Wimpey scaffolding and have you got building regs for them.


The OP's situation is very doable, and he's made the right first step by asking the advice of us lot who've done it. Now he just has to get all his ducks in a row.
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I house shared a few times in my youth and never will again on a full time basis.
I didn't suggest this as a permanent option.

Serviced apartment would of course be more convenient, but will end up costing many times more than a WG. If money is no object, go for it of course.

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1 room apartment in a specific low tax area in 2 weeks? Almost no chance.
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1 room apartment in a specific low tax area in 2 weeks? Almost no chance.
Are we talking about the same Adliswil (and Lagnau...)? Tax is alright, but worse than along the lake. One of the typical commuter suburbs... but on the "less desirable" and therefore typically more available and less expensive end of the spectrum... not impossible at all.
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