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Photos of Flat for next Tenant

Hi,

We have just given notice on our flat and having had a 100% rate of awful experiences with anyone involved in the property industry in Switzerland I do not trust our letting agent one bit.

After the instinctive, obligatory (unsuccessful) attempt to tell us that our notice was not valid, the letting agency now would like to pop over to check the current state of the property and take photos for the ad for the next tenants.

Now, as we're still living in the flat we have not yet done the deep clean and I am nervous that they are going to use this inspection to tell us that things are damaged, when really they might just need a good clean.

Secondly, we do not want pictures of our stuff going online. As far as I'm concerned they can use the photos from before we moved in.

What say you?
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Re: Photos of Flat for next Tenant

You have to let them into inspect. Of course they must give you sufficient notice.

Please don't panic about this pre-inspection, as it is actually a good opportunity for you to let them know if something is broken or damaged before the handover. Unpleasant surpises at the handover are never good.

They don't expect you to have the end cleaning done before this pre-inspection.

As for the photos, if there were empty ones on the ad you responded to, then they have pictures and there is no need to take new ones unless there were renovations since then.

Few people think of taking photos of their empty apartment before they move in and in many cases the property manager has them, but not always.
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That makes sense. Just so paranoid after everything that's happened.
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Thy might even say not to bother with something as they are going to change it or renovate it
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Re: Photos of Flat for next Tenant

Were there pictures in the ad when you found the flat? Tell them to use those! If not, tell them you took the flat without any too.

I fully undertand that you don't want all your electronics, art and other valuables on internet, telling everyone it's stored at Schwanenbergstr. 5020 in 6699 Hinterpfupfigen, second floor, with elevator.
They can always publish the plan that shows size and layout of the flat.
Or you cover your stuff and make pictures yourself, if you feel too shy to stand up to them.

As to the inspections, you can't really deny that. Specially if you have rented for many years they need to get an impression of how much needs to be done. (Watch their handies )
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That makes sense. Just so paranoid after everything that's happened.
Nobody likes a visit from the property manager /agent. They have a job to do, and in most cases they won't hang around longer than necessary. Do not leave them alone in any room.

Are you a member of the Tenant's Association? I ask this as perhaps you should arrange for someone to attend the handover. It could also be useful in case anything arises during the visit which you think may lead to problems. Make notes for yourself, but please do not sign anything as this is not the official final inspection.

If you have made any changes to the apartment which need to be put right before the handover, assure them it will be done. If something is damaged then you have time to talk to your insurance company to see how to best deal with the matter.

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Re: Photos of Flat for next Tenant

As to your personal things, just tuck a few blankets/sheets/table-cloths over them, so the bundle looks neat for the sake of making a good impression for the landlord's new ad, but protects your privacy during the photo-shoot.
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Now, as we're still living in the flat we have not yet done the deep clean and I am nervous that they are going to use this inspection to tell us that things are damaged, when really they might just need a good clean.
All that matters is the condition at actual hand over time. You could literally trash the place and have nothing to worry if all is spotless clean and restored to meticulous perfect condition at the handover date.

If the owner really wants to play with you they will NOT mention anything about the current condition and even make you believe they are o.k. with a bit of scruff and dirt.

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Better get it in writing.

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