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Landlord reference - should I ask my current agency before giving their contact?

Hi!

I'm a long-time user of the forum, but due to the personal nature of the question I preferred some anonymity... I could not find an answer to this after searching the forums, so apologies if I simply did not find it.

I am separating from my spouse and looking for a new apartment. My spouse will stay in the apartment we shared for now. We've lived there for a few years with no problems or complaints from the agency.

My question is, what is the acceptable thing to do in Switzerland when searching for a new apartment when you rent from an agency?

The application forms always ask for a reference. In the past I only dealt with private landlords, so I just asked them if it was OK. Is it the same for agencies, or is it expected that people just put the agency's contact there without prior warning?

In this case given the personal nature of the reason I'm leaving, I'm unsure how to deal with this since I'd have to explain the situation ("I'm moving our but my spouse is staying").

There's a very high chance I'm overthinking this... But just wanted to get some thoughts on how this is usually done.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 17.07.2017, 16:39
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Re: Landlord reference - should I ask my current agency before giving their contact?

Give the name, they may or not contact the landlord. So what if they do?
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Re: Landlord reference - should I ask my current agency before giving their contact?

Hi!

I don't think you should worry big time about it :-)

They ask for references to make sure you have paid your rent and created no problems. You simply need to give the name of your current agency and they will contact them. I never had issues with that.

Regarding the reason, you could write something like "I am looking for my own flat" and I don't think you will have any problem.

Good luck!
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Re: Landlord reference - should I ask my current agency before giving their contact?

Yep, you're overthinking this. Unfortunately your case is quite common.
Just insert reason for moving: Separation (Trennung) and give your agency as reference.
Believe me, they won't think twice about it and not ask questions either.

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