Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 21.05.2020, 20:47
nemurob's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: EU
Posts: 4
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nemurob has no particular reputation at present
Background Check Length

I live in an apartment where I have to notice the landlord by mail, one month in advance, so if I do it by the end of this month, I have to stay the next full month also.

I've learned that if you apply for an apartment, and you get accepted, you pay a fine of approx 200 CHF if you don't agree to the contract you receive, however I've been told background checks usually take 2 weeks.

However, in my case, if I get accepted but the answer comes too late, and I have to extend my current stay by 1 month, will I still be charged the fee?
E.g. the answer comes in 3rd of May, and I have to stay May+June and actually start in July?

How can I state that I am unable to move if the answer doesn't come soon enough, and if it does come too late, I can avoid paying the fee?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 21.05.2020, 21:00
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Leimbach, Zürich
Posts: 7,763
Groaned at 435 Times in 361 Posts
Thanked 9,464 Times in 4,541 Posts
EdwinNL has a reputation beyond reputeEdwinNL has a reputation beyond reputeEdwinNL has a reputation beyond reputeEdwinNL has a reputation beyond reputeEdwinNL has a reputation beyond reputeEdwinNL has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Background Check Length

Quote:
View Post
I live in an apartment where I have to notice the landlord by mail, one month in advance, so if I do it by the end of this month, I have to stay the next full month also.

I've learned that if you apply for an apartment, and you get accepted, you pay a fine of approx 200 CHF if you don't agree to the contract you receive, however I've been told background checks usually take 2 weeks.

However, in my case, if I get accepted but the answer comes too late, and I have to extend my current stay by 1 month, will I still be charged the fee?
E.g. the answer comes in 3rd of May, and I have to stay May+June and actually start in July?

How can I state that I am unable to move if the answer doesn't come soon enough, and if it does come too late, I can avoid paying the fee?
You can tell them that you want an answer within a week or else you don't want the place, and they will almost certainly throw your application in the shredder.

You do not have to pay a "fine" if you do not agree with the contract. Or if you were one of the people applying and they send you a contract.

If however you've seen the contract (or were able to) and they said you can have the place and you send them the papers and they spent time to check and prepare while you know upfront that if they use their normal time you will not accept, yeah I hope they'll send you a bill.

Keyword for you is preparation, have every paper ready so they can check all a.s.a.p. without the need for further or additional info, have a letter from your previous landlord that you always paid on time and are a friendly person, have a letter from your employer that they intend to keep you for years to come. And be honest from the start about your date limitations and a lot is possible.
__________________
Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 21.05.2020, 21:11
nemurob's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: EU
Posts: 4
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nemurob has no particular reputation at present
Re: Background Check Length

Allow me to rephrase, I see on forms there is a notes section.

Can I specify something like "I've talked with the person at the viewing, told him/her that I am bound by my current rental contract to move 1 month later if I don't receive an answer before the end of this month, and this person said that I will receive an answer in due time. Therefore if the answer takes longer than that, I will not be able to accept the contract."

I always tell this story to the tenant at viewings, and I never apply of course, if tennant will tell me I can't receive an answer so soon. But it can't be my fault if the answer comes later than we agreed.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 21.05.2020, 22:06
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 6,672
Groaned at 58 Times in 47 Posts
Thanked 9,194 Times in 3,803 Posts
doropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Background Check Length

The contract you have with the current, soon-to-be-ex landlord, and the contract you hope to get with the future landlord are two completely separate matters. They have nothing to do with each other. Neither landlord has any obligation to be concerned how you organise ending one contract and starting the next.

The landlords also do not need to be interested, to any degree at all. This is because there is a vast shortage of affordable accommodation in most urban areas of Switzerland, the exception being in the very top-of-the-range luxury segment. The more rural, the more chance prosptective tenants have. Therefore, if you are wanting to rent in the ordinary segments, in a Swiss city, the main idea is that you do not have any leeway to dictate conditions, and no-one will make special provisions for your plans.

People looking for flats here typically apply for many, many homes and are rejected. Each appartment has dozens if not 50 or more applications.
Therefore, if one wants the apartment and applies for it, and then becomes the lucky, chosen one to be sent the rental contract, at that point most people let out a yelp of delight, kiss the contract, do a dance of wild relief, and phone their friends breathless with the exceptional good news.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 21.05.2020, 23:30
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 7,517
Groaned at 296 Times in 244 Posts
Thanked 9,714 Times in 5,122 Posts
Urs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond reputeUrs Max has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Background Check Length

Quote:
View Post
I've learned that if you apply for an apartment, and you get accepted, you pay a fine of approx 200 CHF if you don't agree to the contract you receive, however I've been told background checks usually take 2 weeks.
Such a is void and no fee, basically for preparing the new contract, is owed. It doesn't matter how much they say it costs, and the fact that you signed it when applying is immaterial.

Quote:
View Post
However, in my case, if I get accepted but the answer comes too late, and I have to extend my current stay by 1 month, will I still be charged the fee?
The fee, which is void anyway, has nothing to do with this. Instead your rent at the old place would last one month longer, until the next cancel date. As a consequence you may have to pay both the old and the new place if the contracts overlap. If you can cancel for every month's end (are you sure you can, does your contract say so?) your contract for the old place would last until July 31. This would make it a bit tricky because the default handover date for that ending date is August 1st, which is a national holiday, so do arrange both handovers early and enable a smooth move.

I strongly suggest that you join the Mieterverband. Membership fee is ~100.- for the first year but that'll pay for itself manyfold, they'll gladly guide you thru the whole thing. You may also want to have one of their representatives present at (and handle or help handling) both handovers.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 22.05.2020, 07:18
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Nyon
Posts: 2,397
Groaned at 95 Times in 65 Posts
Thanked 2,663 Times in 1,337 Posts
bowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Background Check Length

Consider yourself lucky to have a one month notice period. Many leases not only have a fixed termination date but a three month notice period.

So if you lease expires 31 December you have to give notice not later than 30 September. You certainly can leave early but you remain responsible for the rent and other charges for the duration of your lease.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Criminal Record on FBI Background Check JamiSteven Permits/visas/government 2 02.06.2018 10:11
B Permit/Background check? JessC Permits/visas/government 1 13.05.2014 16:35
Background Check mark1978 Permits/visas/government 3 14.06.2013 10:45
Background Check for Teaching travellerabroad Permits/visas/government 6 05.04.2013 14:10
Background check Reb77Br Finance/banking/taxation 4 10.05.2011 16:06


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 19:07.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0