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Rental termination period

Dear EFers, one quick question here.

My work contract will be terminated soon, I am out of job and in order to reduce the cost flow, I may leave the apartment I am currently leaving now and move into a room.

Do you know if the termination of the work contract can be a reasonable point to terminate the rental contract in one month in advance? It is originally terminated 3 months in advance.

I would appreciate your valuable input, please.

Thanks, B
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Old 22.03.2020, 22:33
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Re: Rental termination period

Nope. You still need to give the 3 months' notice and pay the rent as well unless you can find someone to take over your lease on the same terms.
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Re: Rental termination period

If you provide a " nachmieter" who will take over the flat, then you will get out of the contract.
Or ask the landlord, if he considers a termination of the contract due to the coronavirus situation.
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Old 22.03.2020, 22:35
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Dear EFers, one quick question here.

My work contract will be terminated soon, I am out of job and in order to reduce the cost flow, I may leave the apartment I am currently leaving now and move into a room.

Do you know if the termination of the work contract can be a reasonable point to terminate the rental contract in one month in advance? It is originally terminated 3 months in advance.

I would appreciate your valuable input, please.

Thanks, B
Losing the job is not connected in any way to your rental termination period, your best bet is to talk to the landlord tomorrow so the object goes out on the market again and you yourself can actively search for somebody to take-over and just hope somebody can take-over soon.
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Re: Rental termination period

Contracts are enforced when there's something to win.

But if you're going to have less income in the near future, the worst thing the landlord can do is enforcing the contract. He wins nothing if you still live there and cannot pay. He would need to start a debt recovery process. Maybe an eviction process too, which is lengthy because the Swiss law makes really difficult to evict tenants for whatever reason. It that takes 6 to 12 months.....with no rental income.

So, there might be some leverage to tell the landlord to accept the termination even if the notice period in the contract is not respected.
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Re: Rental termination period

Maybe explain the situation and offer to pay one month's notice but tell him you'll move out at the end of this month. He then has a month in which to find someone and it's always easier to find a tenant when the flat is empty from a viewing point.

He may accept, then again, maybe in view of the current crisis, or just because, he'll think he's got nothing to lose and enforce the contract.
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Re: Rental termination period

USUALLY the Nachmieter option would be by far the best choice. And possibly even in the current situation.

Just ask yourself: Is my flat actually a decent deal that others would enjoy to have, at the same rent?

If the answer is yes, then clean up, make some pictures, and put it up on EF (or straight for more professional websites, Google is your friend)

If the answer is maybe, then still do as above.

Only if the answer is "probably not", then you might better contact your landlord. It's entirely possible THEY are having a list of people searching for an appartment which would be happy to get it asap.

Worst case, you'll have to stay a month longer than planned. Which is what you agreed to in your contract, anyway..
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Re: Rental termination period

As said before, not even death is a good reason to avoid your rental notice here.
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As said before, not even death is a good reason to avoid your rental notice here.
Hey, a bit of optimism helps, OP loses nothing with asking the landlord

I once saved a month of rent because the landlord (building manager) needed the flat for himself. Asking nicely was the equivalent of finding two 1000 francs bills lying on the street.

I think nobody is telling OP he's (he?) entitled to leave as he pleases. Everyone is telling there's a contract to follow, but sometimes you can talk your way out of a contract. Little to lose, a lot to win, why no try?
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Re: Rental termination period

Absolutely- and this is exactly what I did with my dad's landlord when he died and it worked as someone had already asked for 'if and when' - I paid, I think, for another month only, whilst allowing landlord access for redecorating. So it iw worth asking- but legally, that is how it is.

I certainly feel for you OP- losing your job, especially in current circumstances when jobs will be even harder to find- is tough enough. But it is, what it is. Bonne chance.

Maybe is you gave some detail here- someone from EF will be interested, and know someone who is.
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Dear EFers, one quick question here.

My work contract will be terminated soon, I am out of job and in order to reduce the cost flow, I may leave the apartment I am currently leaving now and move into a room.

Do you know if the termination of the work contract can be a reasonable point to terminate the rental contract in one month in advance? It is originally terminated 3 months in advance.

I would appreciate your valuable input, please.

Thanks, B

Pre-coronavirus I would have suggested go with the option of handing your notice in (by registered post ) and declare your intention to find another tenant immediately. I went through the process last year and I had 150 responses to my advertisement for a nachmieter within 24 hours of posting it (I did make the decision to burn CHF100 to advertise on Homegate.CH and it was worth it). Nachmeiter found in less than a week (and remember all you need to do is present three viable candidates to the owner) and I didn't incur any extra rental costs as people wanted to take the apartment immediately. My only reference to the coronavirus being I don't know how I would feel now about people wandering around my apartment but if you have plenty of cleaning supplies then all good.
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