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Old 04.03.2021, 10:51
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Apartment Number

I just moved and now live on the 4th floor and worked out that the apartment number ends in either 401 or 404? (that is from when I try and register with the canton, only 4 apartments and based on floor size)

Need this for internet connection plus also useful for registering my change of address with the canton.

My guess is it is 401 as it is first on the right as you come up the stairs. I know there is a system how this is worked out.

Yes, the owner does not know, neither is it on the rental agreement either.
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Old 04.03.2021, 11:00
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Re: Apartment Number

Ask your neighbors.

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Re: Apartment Number

Why not ask your neighbour(s)? Good way to break the ice as well.
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Re: Apartment Number

The only place it was referenced in our rented flat was on the electricity switches and water taps in the common utility cupboards, and afaik nobody else knew.

I don't think the canton will care, it only needs your postal address.

For the internet connection you usually just need the phone number.
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Re: Apartment Number

You won't need that detail to register with the Canton/commune.

This is only important for the registered electrician who will come and switch on your phone connection, so that you can use the internet and for this you need to give them the full name and landline number of the PREVIOUS tenant in your flat.

Other handymen needing for whatever reason to know the 'number' of your flat, can easily do so by checking the cupbard in the cellar, with all the electrical/heating/water counters
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Yes, have done that and one is looking up there details on the first floor
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Re: Apartment Number

Besides your rental contract, (it really should be there!) another place to look is the laundry schedule, if any. Some are written using tenant names, while some use apartment numbers. Or: ask your caretaker.
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Besides your rental contract, (it really shoud be there!) another place to look is the laundry schedule, if any. Some are written using tenant names, while some use apartment numbers. Or: ask your caretaker.
Yes, asked the caretaker too, he is going to try and find out.
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This is only important for the registered electrician who will come and switch on your phone connection, so that you can use the internet and for this you need to give them the full name and landline number of the PREVIOUS tenant in your flat.
The latter, yes, almost certainly, although of course there may not be a landline number, but there's not necessarily any requirement for the electrician to be declared. Last time we had a new Swisscom line connected they just sent us an "information sheet" to give to the electrician.

Assuming you have the previous occupant's details then they will connect your line to the previously-used terminal number in the entry box, so if the physical cables are all still in place you may need to do nothing, but the information supplied should be sufficient, assuming you can access the entry box, to confirm this. Indeed, there's a pretty fair chance it will just work anyway without you needing to do anything at all. Just get it connected and see if it works.

The info provided would also be enough to re-connect your line, although of course in a rented property they may not like you doing so and you should certainly not do anything that might mess up other tenants' existing connections, so an electrician is probably your best choice in this instance.

I was happy to DIY, given I'm the house owner, and initially rigged up a new house-side connection to one apartment, then later switched it to another existing one when we moved around. It's only a question of connecting two little wires to the correct two poles, not exactly rocket science, and as I said it was a simple matter to locate the relevant connections in the box from the information supplied by Swisscom.
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Re: Apartment Number

Usually the rule is first from the left from stairs landing is X01, X02 clockwise and so on.

You can also check on your latest Serafe bill what your official EGID / EWID numbers are (building / apartment numbers respectively) or ask your town hall if you haven't been issued one yet and compare it to the official register of buildings on swisstopo (click on more info on the building pop up and search for your EWID to obtain the corresponding apartment number or Administrative Wohnungsnr).
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Re: Apartment Number

To me it also came as a surprise how unimportant or even in-existent apartment numbers were when I first arrived here. Is it the case all across Switzerland or in some taller modern buildings they do fallback to using numbers instead of / accompanied by names?
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To me it also came as a surprise how unimportant or even in-existent apartment numbers were when I first arrived here. Is it the case all across Switzerland or in some taller modern buildings they do fallback to using numbers instead of / accompanied by names?
People come and go the apartments remain along with needing to know how/what is connected to that apartment.
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People come and go the apartments remain along with needing to know how/what is connected to that apartment.
I've seen flats described simply by the floor they're on, and left, right or middle, without at number.

In any case, I suppose that if you go to the municipality to register, they will also know who has recently moved out, and be able to tell you whether that appartment has a description.

So: owner, contract, caretaker, favourite-designated-electrician-of-landlord/caretaker, municipality, telcom if pre-connected, neighbours, laundry schedule, perhaps also cellar or attic compartment, which may be numbered in accordance with the apartment.
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