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setting a handover date

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we will pay for our rental apartment until the end of April. Our landlord found new tenants from May so we are released from our contract. The landlord wants us to tell him the time/date of the handover by today so he can organise himself. I can give him a date and time but we truly do not know where will be around the end of April at this stage as we are waiting to hear from a couple of jobs and it is also our children's school holidays. Does anyone know how much notice is required to organise handover time? This website said to make it at least a month in advance http://www.migraweb.ch/en/themen/wohnen/ausziehen/ but not 2.5 months. Does it always have to be on the last day of the month? I would probably prefer it a few days earlier. He will probably be flying here from his other residence and we do not want to cause him hassles but if we wanted to leave earlier than the planned time are we able to? We thought we might be able to ask someone to meet him here if we are going to be in another country.
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Re: setting a handover date

You will have paid to the end of the month, so the last day of April is the latest day you must leave. If there is furniture you'll need to arrange that well in advance as the last day of the month is when everyone is moving.

If you want to leave a few days earlier you can, but unless the landlord agrees otherwise you'll still have to pay till the end of the month.

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Re: setting a handover date

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it is not about the money, we know we pay until the 30th, but is that the only date for handover? We probably want to leave on the 26th, but do I have to decide that date now, is that reasonable? From what I saw online we should be able to decide at least in March, 1 month in advance.
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thanks,
it is not about the money, we know we pay until the 30th, but is that the only date for handover? We probably want to leave on the 26th, but do I have to decide that date now, is that reasonable? From what I saw online we should be able to decide at least in March, 1 month in advance.
It obviously is not the only date for handover as the landlord offers you to set the date. You can hand it over anytime before the 30th.

There are some dates in life that need to be set. How would you feel, if they gave you the "ah, don't know, not sure when it's convenient"-thing for your new flat?
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It obviously is not the only date for handover as the landlord offers you to set the date. You can hand it over anytime before the 30th.

There are some dates in life that need to be set. How would you feel, if they gave you the "ah, don't know, not sure when it's convenient"-thing for your new flat?
or the 30th, right! Is that what you meant?

so that is what I was asking, ten weeks ahead of time is it expected to set the time for handover? You are obviously saying yes, but you also show a confused face?? Are you confused?

We found out we can leave 6 days ago so it hasn't given us much time to sort ourselves out. I was asking if we can have someone here instead because if we take jobs starting end of March in another country then we will not be able to come back for that appointment. And maybe the date that we actually need to go would be more convenient for the landlord but he wants to know the date today.
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thanks,
it is not about the money, we know we pay until the 30th, but is that the only date for handover? We probably want to leave on the 26th, but do I have to decide that date now, is that reasonable? From what I saw online we should be able to decide at least in March, 1 month in advance.
As long as all involved agree, a contract can be amended anytime, in any way, shape or form. If all parties agree.

Generally speaking the landlord will like doing the handover early as it will provide additonal time to repaint and have repairs done.

The reasonable thing is to have a chat (by phone I guess), inform her/him about your situation and see what s/he says.
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Re: setting a handover date

It doesn't have to be you that hands over the flat. You can have someone do it for you.
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Re: setting a handover date

You can move out and have the handover tomorrow if you want. You simply need to be out by April 30, but before that, you can choose any date you want (provided that someone from the agency/the landlord is available).

I moved out of my previous place on the 8th and did the handover on the 15th, yet paid until the 31st - no problem at all.

Also, zero need to set a date 2.5 months in advance. A couple of weeks notice is plenty; I've never had any issue with that approach, actually no one ever asked to set a date that long in advance.
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or the 30th, right! Is that what you meant?

so that is what I was asking, ten weeks ahead of time is it expected to set the time for handover? You are obviously saying yes, but you also show a confused face?? Are you confused?

We found out we can leave 6 days ago so it hasn't given us much time to sort ourselves out. I was asking if we can have someone here instead because if we take jobs starting end of March in another country then we will not be able to come back for that appointment. And maybe the date that we actually need to go would be more convenient for the landlord but he wants to know the date today.
Yes, I am confused. Confused about not being able to finish things here properly, not taking other people but only your own convenience into consideration as if returning a flat were a total imposition.
The moment you move out and don't live in the flat anymore you can hand it over. It seems to me you rather make things inconvenient for the landlord than "risk" the next tenant to profit from your early departure.

And then you discuss the whole thing on a forum instead of with your landlord, how solution-orientated.

Of course you can have it handed over by someone else - I expect the next thread will be about them having taken too much money from the deposit.

Last time I had the cleaning company hand the flat over to the landlord. I was there but did not interfere. That was quite comfi and quick, I'll probably do that again next time.
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Re: setting a handover date

Thanks to the kind people who answered my questions. I thought I was in the area to ask about housing..... I believe my words have been misinterpreted, although I did receive answers to the questions in other replies, and in your second reply Curley.

Curley, it is up to you whether you want to lift people up or be the one that drags everyone down.
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