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Help with motivational letter for a landlord

Can someone help me, please, to update, adapt and translate my English motivational letter for a landlord to German? I can pay for a professional service.

I moved to Zurich in January. Until now I visited around 40 apartments. Applied for 15 and got a rejection for all of them.
I'm a little bit desperate now, maybe I'm doing something wrong.

The plan is to add the motivational letter to the registration form.

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How long is the letter?
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Old 03.03.2020, 22:02
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Why?

They won't want to read it.

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Old 03.03.2020, 22:05
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They won't want to read it.

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It sounds like the OP could use a dose of random kindness.
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They won't want to read it.

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It sounds like the OP could use a dose of random kindness.
While I agree with you, Pancakes, Tom is simply stating the fact. Which helps OP more than sugar coating.

OP: Anything is worth a try, so do add this letter. Just don't expect wonders from it, they have so many applications and little time to read more than those.

Also check your application forms again: Are they easily readable? All capitals is prefered, specially if names are complicated (to a Swiss reader I mean). Does the entire family have permits already or do you start the process when you have the appartment?
As someone mentioned: If you apply for flats people with less income can affort (and yes, there are many of those), landlords tend to prefer those. (For social reasons).
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Is it true?
I read somewhere in a forum, that it may help to get the apartment. I don't know what to do else.

Is it enough with the registration form alone?
Usually, I send the registration form, debt extract and work permit. I thought maybe motivational letter would help somehow...

I think a motivation letter with family photo cannot harm.

Also, do you specify your wife and son will join you? If you only put yourself they may not want to give a single person a big flat.

Do you also add proof of income? You did not say and this could be an issue. Normally I have always addedd a letter from employer stating I have a permanent contract and earn such and such an that I am a good employee .

The one thing I think helps a lot is also being among the first to apply, I always ran there in person the morning after the viewing.

Good luck!
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They won't want to read it.

Tom
Is it true?
I read somewhere in a forum, that it may help to get the apartment. I don't know what to do else.

Is it enough with the registration form alone?
Usually, I send the registration form, debt extract and work permit. I thought maybe motivational letter would help somehow...
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Re: Help with motivational letter for a landlord

I suppose it couldn't hurt. But I know that there is often a LOT of competition for apartments in the Zurich area. So quite likely, it isn't that something is wrong with you or your application, but that so many other people had also applied.
We lived in an apartment in central Zurich when I first moved here, and when we moved out, we had well over 50 people come to view our apartment and apply for it. Have you considered living outside of central Zurich where perhaps the demand isn't quite so competitive?
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Can someone help me, please, to update, adapt and translate my English motivational letter for a landlord to German? I can pay for a professional service.

I moved to Zurich in January. Until now I visited around 40 apartments. Applied for 15 and got a rejection for all of them.
I'm a little bit desperate now, maybe I'm doing something wrong.

The plan is to add the motivational letter to the registration form.

Danke!
Are you applying for really cheap apartments? If you can afford a higher rent, it might increase your changes to go a bit higher.
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I suppose it couldn't hurt. But I know that there is often a LOT of competition for apartments in the Zurich area. So quite likely, it isn't that something is wrong with you or your application, but that so many other people had also applied.
We lived in an apartment in central Zurich when I first moved here, and when we moved out, we had well over 50 people come to view our apartment and apply for it. Have you considered living outside of central Zurich where perhaps the demand isn't quite so competitive?
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Are you applying for really cheap apartments? If you can afford a higher rent, it might increase your changes to go a bit higher.
Long story short. Family from EU, me, wife and 1-year-old child. We both are in the early thirties. Work permit type B for 5 years, unlimited contract with the employer. Family income 130K CHF. Apartment budget 2000-2500 CHF. At least 3 rooms, at least 60 Sqm.

The only concern is that my family still is in the home country and will join me as soon as I'll find an apartment.

So far I applied in Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon, Wiedikon, Alt-Wiedikon, Sihlfeld, Adliswil, Opfikon, Oerlikon, Wallisellen, Affoltern, Wollishofen.
Rejected everywhere.
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Long story short. Family from EU, me, wife and 1-year-old child. We both are in the early thirties. Work permit type B for 5 years, unlimited contract with the employer. Family income 130K CHF. Apartment budget 2000-2500 CHF. At least 3 rooms, at least 60 Sqm.

The only concern is that my family still is in the home country and will join me as soon as I'll find an apartment.

So far I applied in Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon, Wiedikon, Alt-Wiedikon, Sihlfeld, Adliswil, Opfikon, Oerlikon, Wallisellen, Affoltern, Wollishofen.
Rejected everywhere.
The budget sounds alright actually. I am sorry to hear you applied to so many and got rejected. My German is not very good otherwise I would help.

I have read that some people included a family photo in their application. One in which you are all smiling and in the woods or maybe mountains.
I don't know if this sort of thing makes a difference but I guess it doesn't hurt to try.

Good luck with the search.
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Re: Help with motivational letter for a landlord

I have never included a motivational letter with a client's application and the only photos I have ever provided would have been pictures of dogs in cases where a landlord wanted to see what kind of dog(s)and the size.

Have you considered asking your employer for assistance? What about asking colleagues at work for advice?

It is impossible to know from your posts why your application has been rejected. Maybe you need to take a closer look at the types of apartments you have been looking at and the location.
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