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Will I be able to rent?

Hi all,

I have a job offer for CHF 80,000 in Fribourg. I plan to rent a one bedroom apartment with livingroom (2/2.5 etages). As far as I can see in different renting sites, the rent (bruto+charges) is between CHF 1,200 and CHF 1,500 for a good quality one well located. As I've reach a point in my life I don't want to live any longer in cold apartments nor in small studios so I'm trying to get something a bit good quality and some extra space.

I estimate my net salary to be around CHF 5,376. That means I'll be paying more than 1/4 but less than 1/3 my net salary in rent. As far as I can see it, landlords shouldn't be very concerned in regards to my capability to be able to pay the rent.

I've been told though by a person living in Switzerland for +5 years that with that salary no landlord will want to rent me an apartment. Furthermore, I've been also told that I should earn at least 100,000 to rent my own apartment. I've been also told with my salary I would only be able to afford either a room in a shared apartment or a studio.

That to be honest sounds odd to me, but given the fact the Swiss are so prudent and costs of living are so high, it might be well the case. I also don't currently speak French so I guess landlords won't risk renting to me if they see my budget a bit tight.

Could you give your opinion in regards of my situation? Do you think it's safe to move of it can be a complete mess?
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Old 13.01.2019, 11:36
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You'll be fine.

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Re: Will I be able to rent?

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I've been told though by a person living in Switzerland for +5 years that with that salary no landlord will want to rent me an apartment. Furthermore, I've been also told that I should earn at least 100,000 to rent my own apartment. I've been also told with my salary I would only be able to afford either a room in a shared apartment or a studio.
You've been trolled.

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Re: Will I be able to rent?

Can confirm that you will be perfectly fine, whoever told you otherwise deserves a hard dose of reality.
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Re: Will I be able to rent?

The average salary in Switzerland is quite a bit less than 80,000 a year and there are very very few homeless people here. Whoever told you that knows nothing.
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Re: Will I be able to rent?

Well, 80k is around the average household (!) income and above the average salary in Switzerland and I don't exactly see millions of people here living under a bridge.

The rule of thumb to spend no more than 1/3 of salary on rent refers to GROSS salary, not net.

So just as the other 8 point something million people, you'll be more than fine and of course you'll be able to rent.

Whatever complete idiot told you that no landlord will rent out a place to you, it's of course absolute BS. I fail to understand why you would even believe such a moronic statement. Does anyone seriously think that on an 80k salary, you wouldn't be able to rent a place anywhere including Switzerland or even in any of the (rent-wise) much more expensive cities in the world?

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Re: Will I be able to rent?

Do you got the deposit (2-3 monthly rents) at the bank ?
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