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Old 09.07.2008, 22:54
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Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

I was very lucky to find a nice apartment recently. It's pretty large, on the edge of Kreis 1, nice view, good condition, etc., etc. They accepted my application and I think it was because I was willing to move in on the 15th of this month, which I've heard is too short notice for most locals.

However, when I received the contract to sign, I found a non-standard term which stated that my lease only runs for only one year. I know the Swiss convention is to have open-ended contracts and require you to give notice on either March 31 or Sept 31. After I thought about it, I realized they may be trying to pull something over on me. For example, they may try to raise the rent on me next year. Not enough to make me move out, but something just below what it would cost to hire movers, clean the place, etc.

Does anyone have any comments? Ever been in this situation? Should I hold out and refuse to sign until they give me a standard contract?

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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

Are you absolutely sure it is the lease term? Some contracts also have a minimum rental period of a year.
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Old 09.07.2008, 23:27
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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

My contract was one year, then renewable with a year each year but with the normal dates. Second contract was a two year contract. So it is not abnormal.
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Are you absolutely sure it is the lease term? Some contracts also have a minimum rental period of a year.
Yeah, I'm sure.
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Old 10.07.2008, 09:15
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Yeah, I'm sure.
In that case I'd ask the landlord what the reasoning behind the contract is (if there is one).

For example, a friend of mine has a one year contract because the proprietor intends to wreck the house next year.
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Old 10.07.2008, 09:31
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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

I had a 1 year renewable contract as well.
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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

I don't understand why you would think your landlord is trying to take advantage of you by having you sign a 1 yr rental agreement. That's normal.
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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

I agree with Chemgoddess,One year leases ARE normal,so in the next year rent can be raised,as in most cases of living here,
I wouldn't worry over it too much,if the price is right and you know how hard it is to find a flat here,I would go for it,as the rent raises are usually not in the extreme,say 1-2 % for adjusted inflation (as in the work place with wages).
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Yeah, I'm sure.
Ask the landlord in writing, if this contract is auto-renewed at end of say 9 months?
Unless you want to move at end of 12 months.

It is entirely up to you, but the contract is a private matter between you and landlord.

For me, if long term, this is "bad" contract.

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Re: Is my landlord trying to take advantage of me?

Based on my conversations with the landlord and my relo consultant, it's pretty normal. I personally didn't have any problem with it since it's exactly the way things are done back home in the states.
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