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Hi all,

I recently moved from Germany to Dübendorf (as it was one of two apartments that I could get and because my work is in a biking distance).
Today I found out that the apartment was empty since the end of the last July, and the renovation was not a reason.
I believe that the price is not to high (1600 CHF for 65 sqm), and the apartment it self is pretty fine, except for the sound isolation (both among the rooms and to the apartment above). Therefore, I started to think is something wrong with Dübendor? Airport is also not so close, so no obvious reason for me...


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Old 14.04.2020, 21:10
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Re: Dübendor reputation

Why should there be something wrong?

If you are happy where you live, enjoy it!
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Why should there be something wrong?

If you are happy where you live, enjoy it!
Not saying something is wrong, just confused why the apartment was empty for 6 months - and I had a big trouble to find one....
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Old 14.04.2020, 21:41
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Re: Dübendor reputation

Why don’t you ask the landlord ? It could be there was a legitimate reason. Such as maybe they were planning to renovate but couldn’t raise the money.

We recently had another thread about Dübendorf and I don’t think there were any good arguments against the place
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Old 14.04.2020, 22:30
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Re: Dübendor reputation

I work in Dübendorf, just 2 blocks east of the Stettbach station. I can't say there's something inherently wrong with Dübendorf, it's just that it's not too nice.
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

we might have the same landlord and Apartment block, mine was empty for 3-4 months aswell and i can hear my neighbours also very well :-(
but Dübi is ok, there's all you need.

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Hi all,

I recently moved from Germany to Dübendorf (as it was one of two apartments that I could get and because my work is in a biking distance).
Today I found out that the apartment was empty since the end of the last July, and the renovation was not a reason.
I believe that the price is not to high (1600 CHF for 65 sqm), and the apartment it self is pretty fine, except for the sound isolation (both among the rooms and to the apartment above). Therefore, I started to think is something wrong with Dübendor? Airport is also not so close, so no obvious reason for me...


Thank you in advance!
1600 CHF for 65sqm isn't really a great deal for an old appartment (I assume this is all-incl?) in Dübendorf, unless maybe really close to the Station and still quiet.

Might be the landlord even wanted slightly more cash at the start for it?

Nothing wrong with Dübendorf, it's just like the flat isn't really attractive from the little bit you provided. Not super unattractive either. Just mediocre..
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

Dubendorf in general used to be downmarket - since the S Bahn that it changing, though the Glattal area in general suffers from traffic problems and proximity to the airport.
Since the closure of the military airfield, having your windows shaken in the daytime is no longer a problem
The empty flats situation is common in many areas. There is an oversupply due to all the recent building activity. Unfortunately owners seem to prefer for them not to be occupied, rather than to significantly reduce the rents.
At the the moment, some of the agencies are being very flexible about move-in dates which is great if you are looking for a move.
Locals are always looking for a cheap flat in a super location, so when you come from outside it is difficult not to be paying at the higher end, but your price does not sound to be extortionate.
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

Lived in Dübi for ten years, worked in it for most of that time too. It is nice enough, quiet, decent transport links via Stettbach, Dübi itself & tram 12 or bus 759 to the airport and the basic shops you want. Close to Glatt Centre if you want to OD on shops.

I think if you can find a decent apartment here, there are many places I would less like to live!
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

I live in Dubi, and rather like it here. Good connections, decent shops.

However that seems high for an old flat here, depending on where you are located.
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

Thank you all! Since I am in the first month of the rent - I will try to ask for the rent reduction
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Thank you all! Since I am in the first month of the rent - I will try to ask for the rent reduction
Terrible idea, if you ask me.

You can only ask for rent reduction if there is something seriously wrong (like, no hot water, broken fridge..) or the Referenzzinssatz (base interest rate, since March at 1.25%) went down.

If your rental contract was still based on the old one at 1.5%, you'll have to wait till the minimum rental period is over to get a reduction. And most probably it will go up to 1.5% again on the next quarter yearly check.

Asking to lower the rent just because you feel you could will just make your landlord go and possibly annoy them as well..
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

Since it is increased 48% compared to the previous tenent (2014), I believe it is reasonable to do so. Or am I wrong?

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Terrible idea, if you ask me.

You can only ask for rent reduction if there is something seriously wrong (like, no hot water, broken fridge..) or the Referenzzinssatz (base interest rate, since March at 1.25%) went down.

If your rental contract was still based on the old one at 1.5%, you'll have to wait till the minimum rental period is over to get a reduction. And most probably it will go up to 1.5% again on the next quarter yearly check.

Asking to lower the rent just because you feel you could will just make your landlord go and possibly annoy them as well..
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Re: Dübendorf reputation

Join the Mieterverband. They have all the information on what increases the landlord is allowed to make - they are normally related to improvements.
You will need some back up to take on the landlord - a lawyer is expensive.
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