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Old 22.12.2018, 23:55
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Moving to Geneva from UK

Hi Everyone,

I have checked the previous thread, but could not find the definite answer and I wonder if someone can kindly help me.

I am moving from UK to Geneva in January and looking for a new flat. I was told that I will need to prepare below documents for rental application.

- Work permit
- Passport
- Last three months pay slip
- Criminal record check

1. Are there any other documents I will need to prepare? (I read other thread and it said that you need CV, passport photo etc... in Zurich. Is this the case in Geneva too?

2. I have lived in UK for the recent 6 years and earned British citizenship. Before that, I had lived in Japan and had Japanese citizenship over 20+ years. In such a case, what organisation should I request my criminal record check? Also, what kind of criminal record check is adequate for renting a flat?

Your kind help is much appreciated!
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Re: Moving to Geneva from UK

You don't need any criminal record check; you have been probably told that you need an 'attestation non poursuite', i.e. that there is no outstanding (financial) liability/claim against you. As you don't live in the Canton, you don't have one but nonetheless you will need to get it in order to submit your dossier to the regie.

It can be requested online (but you need to create an account). More info here:

https://www.ge.ch/poursuites-faillit...tre-poursuites

Given that you are a new to Switzerland, while three payslips from abroad are welcome, the regie will almost certainly ask for your work contract. A small advice is that you try to find sublet first, and once you have a temporary solution go for regular rent through a regie. I don't want to discourage you, but demand is high and you having no history in Switzerland are not a first priority of a regie to rent you an apartment.
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Re: Moving to Geneva from UK

Hi mikedragos,

Thank you for your explanation about 'attestation non poursuite'.
I am now clear what exact document I am likely to be requested by landlord.

Thank you also for describe the reality of renting a flat in Geneva.
I see, I will look for a sub let or maybe even flat share to start with.

Thank you again for your useful tips!!

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A copy of your employment contract will help, especially if the salary is reassuring to the owner/agent. Also if you've been renting, and your landlord is inclined to help, then a brief letter saying "CSNinja always paid the rent on time, left the property tidy" worked. I think both helped swing things for me a while back.

You'll soon learn what a "shortage of property" looks like. They talk about it London but walk out of any tube or train station and there's plenty of agents with lots of property to sell or rent. In Geneva a far smaller proportion of the housing stock is on the market at any one time. It's not uncommon to visit a flat for rent en masse with, say, 30 potential renters all coming along for the viewing. You will be in direct competition with them, so having your dossier compiled and ready is helpful.
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A copy of your employment contract will help, especially if the salary is reassuring to the owner/agent. Also if you've been renting, and your landlord is inclined to help, then a brief letter saying "CSNinja always paid the rent on time, left the property tidy" worked. I think both helped swing things for me a while back.

You'll soon learn what a "shortage of property" looks like. They talk about it London but walk out of any tube or train station and there's plenty of agents with lots of property to sell or rent. In Geneva a far smaller proportion of the housing stock is on the market at any one time. It's not uncommon to visit a flat for rent en masse with, say, 30 potential renters all coming along for the viewing. You will be in direct competition with them, so having your dossier compiled and ready is helpful.
In lausanne it's worse, if it's a good flat with a good price can easy have 100 dossiers. it's depressing and then political parties argue against building more housing.
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Hi BLP,

Seriously? 100 competitors per flat in Lausanne?!
I was going to look for a flat in Nyon or Lausanne, if I can't find it in Geneva, but sounds like this is not a good idea...
Yeah, the local government should take an action urgently! I am worrying about being a homeless while having a decent job...

Well, thank you for your real voice!

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Re: Moving to Geneva from UK

Hi Neko,

Thank you for the additional tips. Technically speaking, I have not finished renting my flat in London, but I will definitely ask my current landlord, if he is happy to write a reference letter for me.
30 applicants per flat? This is surely worse than in London...
Would it be any better in France? If so, I am happy to live outside of Geneva, as long as public transportation running.

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