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Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

Hello,

I am looking to rent an apartment in zurich area but it seems very, very challenging. I was told that is very hard to obtain an apartment here if you are not living in Switzerland.

It was hard for you as well? How did you manage to obtain an apartment?

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Old 04.10.2017, 16:27
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Re: Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

Are you
- living here
- have a residence and/or work permit
- have an income

Yes: rent an apartment like normal
No: use Swiss Star or some other "serviced apartment" option
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Re: Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

If your salary is only 3,500 a month as mentioned in your other thread then it may well be challenging. Have a look down in the Property Offered section of the Marketplace and you may find a flat or flat share that would be suitable.
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Re: Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

It is not about the price. But it is about the fact that I am living in Luxembourg and but in Switzerland and until I do not have the work permit and residence permit, it will be impossibel to rent an apartment. At least this is what the agencies have told ne.
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Re: Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

The agencies are wrong. It's more difficult if you don't yet have a residence permit, but not impossible. Still there's a lot of demand for property in Zurich so landlords/agencies can pick and choose. You may need to go into temp accommodation for a few months - hotel, ArBnB, serviced apartment, flatshare, while you look for a more permanent place once you've moved here.
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Re: Looking for an apartment to rent in Zurich

This website specialises in rental contracts that are temporary: https://www.ums.ch/welcome/.

In Homegate, etc., you can search with the German word "befristet", which means "of limited duration".

Typically, such flats are either sub-lets from a main tenant who is going away for a few months, and who is looking to cover his/her rent, or they are from big landlords who intend to renovate or break down the entire building within the near future. In both cases, the main focus is to get someone in there, paying the rent, who is likely to move out again. They can afford to be less selective. You can, too, because if you make a bad choice, but the contract is for only a few months, you'll probably cope with whatever aspects you don't like. Once you are here, you can go to the viewings.

Ask your employer whether they have any system to help new employees find accommodation. Sometimes someone will phone around for you, or send out the word into their networks.

Make sure you complete your application forms in German, even if you don't speak it. Get someone to read everything for you.
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