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Hi, all, I think i am very blessed. Just landed last week. Viewed for few apartments. Made two applications. Yesterday I got the confirmation of my lease will start in Nov1. I think many people would say it's unbelievable in Zurich. Yes I think so.

So is there anything I need to pay attention to? Am I allow to hanging paintings on wall? Any chance to install a washing machine for my own flat for I paying for the machine? Is there any grace period that I could get the keys of the flat before Nov 1? Any checking is needed
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1. Read your lease carefully and make sure you understand it before you sign. If your German isn't great, ask friend or colleague to read it. Not understanding what you're signing is not an excuse later on when you're unhappy with the terms.

2. Note the rules about terminating your lease. Sometimes there are specific notice and moving dates. If you want to leave early you often have to find another tenant (nachmieter) to take over the same terms.

3. Pay attention at the handover and note any defects or issues within the first week. Submit in writing to the landlord. If you don't note a problem when you first move in, you can get charged for it later.

4. Check your lease terms regarding a washing machine. If you do install one, be sure to get private liability insurance in case anything goes wrong. Actually, get that insurance anyway.

5. Join the Mieterverband (tenant's association).

6. Yes, you can hang things on the wall BUT you must return the flat in the same condition as when you took over, minus wear and tear. That means patching up all the holes you make, or paying the landlord to do it for you. Note that you might be responsible for some of the wear and tear anyway - for example if they have to paint the flat after you leave, you might pay a portion of the painting. See this thread for more discussion of wear and tear.

7. In many flats, you'll find there are no light fixtures installed. Be prepared to do this yourself, or hire a someone who knows what they are doing. Or just buy floor lamps you plug into the wall socket.

8. Ask the landlord if the flat will be vacant and you can move in a day or two early. Don't expect to do lots of moving and noise-making on a Sunday.

Congrats on finding your flat!
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Thanks 3wishes. How to join Mieterverband?


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1. Read your lease carefully and make sure you understand it before you sign. If your German isn't great, ask friend or colleague to read it. Not understanding what you're signing is not an excuse later on when you're unhappy with the terms.

2. Note the rules about terminating your lease. Sometimes there are specific notice and moving dates. If you want to leave early you often have to find another tenant (nachmieter) to take over the same terms.

3. Pay attention at the handover and note any defects or issues within the first week. Submit in writing to the landlord. If you don't note a problem when you first move in, you can get charged for it later.

4. Check your lease terms regarding a washing machine. If you do install one, be sure to get private liability insurance in case anything goes wrong. Actually, get that insurance anyway.

5. Join the Mieterverband (tenant's association).

6. Yes, you can hang things on the wall BUT you must return the flat in the same condition as when you took over, minus wear and tear. That means patching up all the holes you make, or paying the landlord to do it for you. Note that you might be responsible for some of the wear and tear anyway - for example if they have to paint the flat after you leave, you might pay a portion of the painting. See this thread for more discussion of wear and tear.

7. In many flats, you'll find there are no light fixtures installed. Be prepared to do this yourself, or hire a someone who knows what they are doing. Or just buy floor lamps you plug into the wall socket.

8. Ask the landlord if the flat will be vacant and you can move in a day or two early. Don't expect to do lots of moving and noise-making on a Sunday.

Congrats on finding your flat!
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Thanks 3wishes. How to join Mieterverband?
Here is the website: https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv-zh.html

It's only in German but I wouldn't be surprised if you can speak English to them on the phone or in person.
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