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2 Year Rental Period Standard?

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My family and I have recently immigrated to Switzerland from the UK. After a rather stressful house hunting process we’ve finally managed to secure an apartment. On reviewing the contracts however we’ve noticed that the contract surely starts on 1 Oct 2020, however we cannot give the usual three months quarter notice earlier than 30 September 2022. Essentially this means that the earliest we could vacate the property (say due to unforeseen circumstances) is in March 2023! Is this a standard rental agreement or standard practise??? Any and all advise welcome... I have three small children and with the COVID situation and my wife and children stuck in the UK we are getting somewhat desperate
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Old 04.09.2020, 09:21
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Re: 2 Year Rental Period Standard?

Two years is longer then what is usual (1 year).

However you're not trapped in the contract. It just means that if you leave before that point you have to provide your rental agency with a suitable tenant to take over the rest of your rental period. Usually that's not too difficult and the agency has to accept any "suitable" tenants that you provide.
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Re: 2 Year Rental Period Standard?

There is as such no fixed rule. Some contracts can be terminated with the agreed notice period any time of the year, some only 2 times a year, some only 1 time a year. Probably the one you are looking at is a new apartment, that's why more strict conditions. AFAIK if you want to break rental contract then you need to find the next tenant who is ready to takeover the contract. You may check about this with the renting company.
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Two years is longer then what is usual (1 year).

However you're not trapped in the contract. It just means that if you leave before that point you have to provide your rental agency with a suitable tenant to take over the rest of your rental period. Usually that's not too difficult and the agency has to accept any "suitable" tenants that you provide.
It should not be too difficult to find a replacement tenant if the apartment is reasonably priced.
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Hi All

My family and I have recently immigrated to Switzerland from the UK. After a rather stressful house hunting process we’ve finally managed to secure an apartment. On reviewing the contracts however we’ve noticed that the contract surely starts on 1 Oct 2020, however we cannot give the usual three months quarter notice earlier than 30 September 2022. Essentially this means that the earliest we could vacate the property (say due to unforeseen circumstances) is in March 2023! Is this a standard rental agreement or standard practise??? Any and all advise welcome... I have three small children and with the COVID situation and my wife and children stuck in the UK we are getting somewhat desperate
As far as Swiss landlords are concerned their ideal tenant stays for 10-20 years, this is normal as they are not looking to find new tenants after 6 months or a year. I have seen houses with a 5 year min term.
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Re: 2 Year Rental Period Standard?

where is the property and what is the rental cost?

Roughly speaking, if it's in Zürich city (as your location could hint) then you would be able to get out of the contract early - by getting the next tenant organised yourself.

Outside the city, the market is a little slower hence the need for the location and cost.
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It should not be too difficult to find a replacement tenant if the apartment is reasonably priced.
Hence the "usually" and "should".
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FAIK if you want to break rental contract then you need to find the next tenant who is ready to takeover the contract. You may check about this with the renting company.
No need to check for any thing as the option to provide a suitable and financially solvent replacement tenant is set by the law.
Neither contract nor agency can override this.
Art. 264 Code of Obligations https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...ndex.html#a264
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Re: 2 Year Rental Period Standard?

My husband and I got an 18 month lease when we were looking in a small village outside Zurich. Inside Zurich, i've never had more than a year-long lease + a few months if I took over the flat as a Nachmieter.

If the flat is inside a major city, two years is not too big of a deal. Outside the cities, you'll have a harder time finding someone to take over the lease.
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As far as Swiss landlords are concerned their ideal tenant stays for 10-20 years, this is normal as they are not looking to find new tenants after 6 months or a year. I have seen houses with a 5 year min term.
This is NOT normal but, according to law, if you find a suitable tenant, you are released from your tenancy contract.

Last edited by olygirl; 06.09.2020 at 17:04. Reason: Added the word contract before someone gets their knickers in a knot.
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