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Old 21.05.2020, 20:47
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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?
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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.
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Old 21.05.2020, 21:11
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
 




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