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So, the more I look at apartment rentals, the more I see that people are expected to observe the borderline uncivilised practice of sharing laundry facilities. And then spend an unnecessary amount of time bickering with neighbours over rotas. I have zero desire to engage with this:
I've been washing and drying my own clothes in my own home, whenever I want, my entire life and this has been normal in most of the countries I have lived in since the 1950s.

In your experience, do landlords typically not permit washing machines in the apartments? Or are they open to the possibility? How likely do think it will be that I will be able to find a washing-machine-friendly landlord? Is all of Switzerland like this, or just certain areas?

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dR
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Hi all,

So, the more I look at apartment rentals, the more I see that people are expected to observe the borderline uncivilised practice of sharing laundry facilities. And then spend an unnecessary amount of time bickering with neighbours over rotas. I have zero desire to engage with this:
I've been washing and drying my own clothes in my own home, whenever I want, my entire life and this has been normal in most of the countries I have lived in since the 1950s.

In your experience, do landlords typically not permit washing machines in the apartments? Or are they open to the possibility? How likely do think it will be that I will be able to find a washing-machine-friendly landlord? Is all of Switzerland like this, or just certain areas?

thanks

dR
What´s uncivilised about that? Annoying maybe, strange, unknown...

Depends on your landlord, ask. And stop thinking that you can wash all the time, there could be a clause that prohibits washing after 10 pm or on Sundays.
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Old 23.11.2017, 11:28
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Hi all,

So, the more I look at apartment rentals, the more I see that people are expected to observe the borderline uncivilised practice of sharing laundry facilities. And then spend an unnecessary amount of time bickering with neighbours over rotas. I have zero desire to engage with this:
I've been washing and drying my own clothes in my own home, whenever I want, my entire life and this has been normal in most of the countries I have lived in since the 1950s.

In your experience, do landlords typically not permit washing machines in the apartments? Or are they open to the possibility? How likely do think it will be that I will be able to find a washing-machine-friendly landlord? Is all of Switzerland like this, or just certain areas?

thanks

dR
1) look for new builds - most come with laundry facilities in each apartment as standard.

2) you never know what a landlord will allow until you ask them. Ours is open to us having our own washing machine in the bathroom, for example.
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Old 23.11.2017, 11:32
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Ok, I'll keep looking. I wouldn't wash after 10pm anyway and having Sundays off is absolutely fine.

If I do sports I want to be able to come home and wash my dirty clothes right away, not wait for 3, 4, 5 or however many days before I can wash them.
That would be uncivilised (and unhygienic).
I can't even imagine how parents stick to rotas with vomiting/pooing babies and young children.
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Old 23.11.2017, 11:38
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Ok, I'll keep looking. I wouldn't wash after 10pm anyway and having Sundays off is absolutely fine.

If I do sports I want to be able to come home and wash my dirty clothes right away, not wait for 3, 4, 5 or however many days before I can wash them.
That would be uncivilised (and unhygienic).
I can't even imagine how parents stick to rotas with vomiting/pooing babies and young children.
The reality of the situation is that you just TALK with people. If you need the washing machine urgently and it's someone else's day, just ask them if you can slip in a wash when they've finished. It doesn't even take much in the way of language skills, and it takes someone with a heart of stone if you are standing their looking polite and unassuming to say "no".

PS - you are better than me when it comes to sports clothes. I normally toss the bag in the corner when I come in then remember them ages afterwards, and I don't even have the luxury of blaming laundry rotas. Such a mucky Miss...
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The reality of the situation is that you just TALK with people. If you need the washing machine urgently and it's someone else's day, just ask them if you can slip in a wash when they've finished.
You see, I'm not big on talking to people. I just want to get on with my stuff in my own environment without too much unnecessary interaction with others. I often don't have time to start searching for neighbours, knocking on doors and asking if it's OK to do this that or the other.

I'll look for a place with a machine.
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