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Old 08.08.2019, 14:04
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Looking for apartment in Zürich

Hello, I am new in the forum but is true that i have always been reading post here and you are very helpful.

I dont want to make this so long. The case is that I cannot post in "Property wanted" so I'm making some questions here.

I have been living already for almost 4 years in switzerland. It has never been so hard to find an apartment the last month. What am I doing wrong?

Im going to write the list of the documents I use to present and always get a denied.

1. My Resident Permit (B)
2. Betreaibungauszug from the past years (never have one betreibung)
3. Insurance for the house
4. Presentation letter for me and my boyfriend
5. My last payslip (working 100% and unlimited contract)
6. Recommendation letter from my boss
7. The same papers from my boyfriend too
8. Photos from us

My question is: What am I doing wrong?

Two years ago it was very easy to find my studio apartment for myself, and now it has been like a nightmare last month.

Im just looking for a 2 or 3 room in Zürich. I calculated already and we can pay with our salaries up to 2000 chf, but i'm always applying for 1600 chf and less.

I will apreciate any advice. Thank you in advance
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Old 08.08.2019, 15:24
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

It sounds like you've got the right documents, and that looks standard, and good. In that sense, it is probably not you who is doing anything wrong. There is just a huge shortage of cheap-to-nicely-affordable rental accommodation in Zurich, so your application is typically competing against dozens if not hundreds of other appications.

It is regrettable, but you will will most likely have to consider increasing the amount you're willing to spend, or moving further out of town.

As a measure towards finding a flat, tell everyone, really everyone you know, that you are looking. That can help.
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

Thank you very much for your answer.

In the studio room I am I have a 3 months "Kundigungfrist". Do you think here in Zurich you can revoke that. I mean i suppose to leave the apartment next 30th September. When I first call before presenting my Kundigung the girl told me it is not posible to present somebody and 1 week after my kundigung and I told her I have some people might be interested she told me it is posible to do it.

Im just thinking I was a little bit silly for doing it before getting an apartment


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It sounds like you've got the right documents, and that looks standard, and good. In that sense, it is probably not you who is doing anything wrong. There is just a huge shortage of cheap-to-nicely-affordable rental accommodation in Zurich, so your application is typically competing against dozens if not hundreds of other appications.

It is regrettable, but you will will most likely have to consider increasing the amount you're willing to spend, or moving further out of town.

As a measure towards finding a flat, tell everyone, really everyone you know, that you are looking. That can help.
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

I know Züri sucks in those terms. All fighting for the same.
if you could have a bit longer time, I would have recommended you to my landlord, but we are only moving out next year around April.
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Old 09.08.2019, 22:12
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

I am guessing that you want to live in central Zurich. Move a bit away from there, consider a train commute of 10/15 minutes and you will be able to choose apartment on that price range.

For example, in Adliswil:
https://www.comparis.ch/immobilien/m.../show/21712836
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

City of Zürich? Close to a Tram with less than 15min the HB? Below 1600 CHF? Good luck! (ie, close to impossible)

Either choose a cheaper area (say, Seebach) AND agree that a bus/walk connection is fine, or go for an area a bit outside (still less than 20min by Sbahn)

ANY flat (of 2 rooms and half-reasonable standard) will be above 1600 CHF in the city of Zürich, unless you get EXTREMELY lucky.

Genossenschaften have VERY long queues for good reasons!
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Re: Looking for apartment in Zürich

With a studio apartment, you have a much smaller pool of competitors than for a 2 to 3 room place. The studio will typically just be single people or those not living with someone else who can either not afford two rooms or more or are happy with just the one room for now. As soon as you add an extra room, you have: singles who can afford more space and couples who can only afford a smaller flat. With three rooms, you add families or single parents on to your list. All wanting to get a place as cheaply as possible in town.
And it may seem weird but some landlords actually take into account when someone can actually easily afford somewhere more expensive and reject them for that. Based on your math, your bf and you only make between 4800 and 6400 per month together (one usually says that rent should ideally be roughly equivalent to one quarter but no more than a third of your income) - you may be losing out to the more needy.
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