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Tenant responsibilities for move-out

We're about to move house for the first time in Switzerland, and I'm looking for some feedback regarding our responsibility as tenants to show the apartment to prospective new tenants.

We are ending the lease within the provided terms (not breaking it early). We have already completed two public viewing appointments, open house style, back in late November, at the landlord's request. No one from the property management company was present during these open houses, I ran them myself. The landlord is now asking us to offer one or two more open house viewing appointments, as they have not yet found a new tenant. Do I have to agree to this? I asked them if they could do it this time, so I don't have to struggle speaking German to strangers, but they are insisting that I do it myself. We are leaving the apartment at the end of the month. I understand they need to find someone, but they're making me do everything for them! Is this normal?
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Re: Tenant responsibilities for move-out

Hello,

Look at other EF threads: https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...-property.html

Not an expert on this but it seems you must agree the apartment to be visited by the landlord with 2-3 days notice. These visits can be used to show the apartment to possible future tenant.

Albeit, doing the sales job yourself is not part of your obligations as tenant. It seems one person from the real estate company is not doing their job.
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Re: Tenant responsibilities for move-out

You have an obligation to allow the agency/owner to show the apartment. But you are under no obligation to do anything other than to let them in (or give the key to someone else (concierge?)).

Of course be civil, but answering "I don't know", or "you'll have to ask the agency" is probably your best bet.
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Re: Tenant responsibilities for move-out

Allowing viewings
Tenant rights when landlord wants to show property
Viewing responsibility for flat
Doing the job of the agency when leaving an apartment

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We're about to move house for the first time in Switzerland, and I'm looking for some feedback regarding our responsibility as tenants to show the apartment to prospective new tenants.

We are ending the lease within the provided terms (not breaking it early). We have already completed two public viewing appointments, open house style, back in late November, at the landlord's request. No one from the property management company was present during these open houses, I ran them myself. The landlord is now asking us to offer one or two more open house viewing appointments, as they have not yet found a new tenant. Do I have to agree to this? I asked them if they could do it this time, so I don't have to struggle speaking German to strangers, but they are insisting that I do it myself. We are leaving the apartment at the end of the month. I understand they need to find someone, but they're making me do everything for them! Is this normal?
Some tenants would consider themselves fortunate that no one from the property management company attends these viewings. It can be a good excuse for the property manager to look for things to find fault with even before the tenant has had the chance to prepare the apartment for the handover.

Is the property management company far away? When you looked at the apartment before you moved in did the tenant at the time conduct the viewing?

If you can't speak German, just have the tenants direct their questions to the property manager. All you need to do is show them around. You can insist on masks and ask them to take off their shoes if you wish.

In answer to your question, you do have to show the place. But you can be selective about the day and time. Property managers can be rather inflexible about viewings which may not suit the existing tenants. Here you are in control. Good luck!
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Some tenants would consider themselves fortunate that no one from the property management company attends these viewings. It can be a good excuse for the property manager to look for things to find fault with even before the tenant has had the chance to prepare the apartment for the handover.
Surely this would be a good thing, giving time to fix something that hadn't been noticed / thought of?

There's no requirement to do anything earlier than the handover point even if the manager notices it.
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