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Leaving after 10 years

Dear English Forum community,

I am moving out of Switzerland, somehow 10 years had gone by so fast that i didnt even notice. It is a scary thing.
Except for the first 4 months I have been always living in the same place. So in April next year, it would be 10 years in this apartment in zurich
My intention is to leave the apartment at the beginning of 2021. Ideally January.
I was taking care of the apartment except for a couple of scratches in the floor in the living room.
Can they claim something back about that after almost 10 years or after this period is considered to be normal usage?

If I give notice at the end of this month. Is that good enough ? Or do i need to find a replacement tenant for my apartment ?


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Jacobo.
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Dear English Forum community,

I am moving out of Switzerland, somehow 10 years had gone by so fast that i didnt even notice. It is a scary thing.
Except for the first 4 months I have been always living in the same place. So in April next year, it would be 10 years in this apartment in zurich
My intention is to leave the apartment at the beginning of 2021. Ideally January.
I was taking care of the apartment except for a couple of scratches in the floor in the living room.
Can they claim something back about that after almost 10 years or after this period is considered to be normal usage?

If I give notice at the end of this month. Is that good enough ? Or do i need to find a replacement tenant for my apartment ?


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Jacobo.
Depends on what your contract says about giving notice. If it's 3 months at any time then making sure you send a registered letter to arrive before the 30th September should be fine.
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Old 16.09.2020, 09:42
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Re: Leaving after 10 years

Most contracts state that you cannot give notice per 31.12.
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Re: Leaving after 10 years

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Dear English Forum community,

I am moving out of Switzerland, somehow 10 years had gone by so fast that i didnt even notice. It is a scary thing.
Except for the first 4 months I have been always living in the same place. So in April next year, it would be 10 years in this apartment in zurich
My intention is to leave the apartment at the beginning of 2021. Ideally January.
I was taking care of the apartment except for a couple of scratches in the floor in the living room.
Can they claim something back about that after almost 10 years or after this period is considered to be normal usage?

If I give notice at the end of this month. Is that good enough ? Or do i need to find a replacement tenant for my apartment ?


Regards,
Jacobo.
I would speak to the agency, after 10 years they will probably want to do some renovation & raise the rent so may be happy to take it back when you want to leave without you finding a replacement Tennant who they won't be giving the contract to.
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Old 16.09.2020, 10:14
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Re: Leaving after 10 years

You can hand over damage claims to your personal liability insurer. Last time I rented, there was even a place on the handover form to put in insurer and policy number.
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Re: Leaving after 10 years

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Dear English Forum community,

I am moving out of Switzerland, somehow 10 years had gone by so fast that i didnt even notice. It is a scary thing.
Except for the first 4 months I have been always living in the same place. So in April next year, it would be 10 years in this apartment in zurich
My intention is to leave the apartment at the beginning of 2021. Ideally January.
I was taking care of the apartment except for a couple of scratches in the floor in the living room.
Can they claim something back about that after almost 10 years or after this period is considered to be normal usage?

If I give notice at the end of this month. Is that good enough ? Or do i need to find a replacement tenant for my apartment ?


Regards,
Jacobo.
I got a job in Portugal so i am in Similar Situation. (10 years ) Thing is i have to leave until end of October.

I will update this thread with the house situation. My landlord told me it is ok to leave 31st October if i find a tenant.

My flat is from 2011 and i got it beginning of 2018. All walls are scratched or damaged. So they accepted from last tenant to me and it is in the handover protocol
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Re: Leaving after 10 years

As Elu mentioned, check your contract. A lot of contracts say it's not possible to leave on 31st of December. Some contracts allow to leave each month, that's 31.01.2021. The worst contracts saying you can only leave at the end of March, June or September means until 31.03.2021. But, these limits are just important if the landlord/agency want to enforce them, better ask them. After 10 years maybe they need to do some repairs and that's easier on an empty flat.

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My landlord told me it is ok to leave 31st October if i find a tenant.

My flat is from 2011 and i got it beginning of 2018. All walls are scratched or damaged. So they accepted from last tenant to me and it is in the handover protocol

But you have formally handed in the termination notice and had it confirmed?
Then you know, new tenant or not, you only have X months liability for the rent.
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But you have formally handed in the termination notice and had it confirmed?
Then you know, new tenant or not, you only have X months liability for the rent.
I am doing that next week. I just inquired from email so far.
By contract if in end in September my lease ends in end of the year.

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I am doing that next week. I just inquired from email so far.
By contract if i end in September my lease ends in end of the year.
As MF said, registered letter and don't delay.
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