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Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Dear All,

My husband and I are in a very tricky situation right now. We've been in Zurich for only one week and are living in a hostel. He's got a new job which starts on 1st OCT. He's an EEA citizen and I am holding a non-EU passport with a UK dependent visa. Since we haven't got an address, we have neither a bank account nor a permit. We have found it incredibly difficult to find a flat in Zurich because of our situation. We have no official documents to prove our credibility whatsoever so that we feel really really hard to compete with other candidates during the process of applying for a flat. It's so frustrating that we have applied for a dozen flats and got zero response. I do understand agencies want to take reliable tenants and we do look kind of dodgy on paper.
Has anybody here experienced this situation before? how are we going to increase our chance to get a flat? Please please help us. Any thoughts, comments and advice are highly appreciated!!
Thank you so much!
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

first get a swiss bank account that will help. even if you only have 100 chf to put in it.

2 this doesnt not only happen to you. ive been told everything from we can not rent you this apartment because "the owner does not rent to africans" (im not even black by the way, just white with a dark suntan.) to "american, they make too much noise, sorry." to "well your dog does not have swiss insurance, i can not rent to you". even though she has an american international insurance plan...

so take it like it is, this is switzerland. Although there are laws against discrimination. There is nothing you can do to about it or even prove it exists. like the swiss judge told me "this is not america".
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi Javo, thanks very much for your reply.

Do you know how to get a swiss bank account if we have no residence permit? The reason why we can't apply for residence permit is we have no address and the reason we have no address is we can't find a flat.. oh it sounds like going nowhere.

I'm sorry for what you've experienced. Your experience makes me wonder if we should live in Switzerland at all! Some of the responses you got were racial discrimination and deserved some legal punishment as far as I concern.

So Javo, how did you eventually get your accommodation then?

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Do you know how to get a swiss bank account if we have no residence permit? The reason why we can't apply for residence permit is we have no address and the reason we have no address is we can't find a flat.. oh it sounds like going nowhere.
The authorities should have given you a letter that says you have applied to a residence permit. That is enough to get a bank account and rent an apartment.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

To get a bank account, you or your husband must simply go to
the bank and show your passport and money.

If your husband has a job, he should already have a signed
work contract in hand. He can use the address of the Hostel
and register with the community. This will give him a residence
permit which will make it easier to get an apartment.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi guys,

this

http://www.englishforum.ch/adverts-h...l-oct-1st.html

just appeared on englishforum. Also, I've seen this ad on my "private sources"

Untermiete 3 Monate
Suche eine/n Untermieter/in für eine hübsche,kleine 2-Zi-Wohnung.Gehe vom 13. Sep.-20.Dez.08 nach NY.Miete inkl. 1200Fr.Ist ein bisschen laut, hat aber einen hübschen Ausblick.EG, alle Zi mit Parktt,möbeliert, Innenhof mit Sitzgelegenheit,50m Post und Coop, Geschirrspühler,TV+Dig.tv+Internet vorhanden.
Emailen bei int
Sender: N. H.
Aemtlerstrasse, 8003 Zürich
E-Mail: (removed)

This place is available only till the end of the year, so you have time to look for something else in the meanwhile.

good luck
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Also, I've seen this ad on my "private sources"
I know that you want to help, but it is not okay to publish email addresses of third parties on the forum. Please use the private message system if you want to point out an opportunity to a fellow forum user.
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My husband and I are in a very tricky situation right now. We've been in Zurich for only one week and are living in a hostel. He's got a new job which starts on 1st OCT.
There are 2 apartments where I am that have been empty for a year.

But we are a 23min train ride outside of Zürich :-)

That means - pretty, country side, green, cows, etc.

If you want more info, PM me.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi There,

We have bought a place and planning to move from our 2 1/2 Zimmer place is Wipkingen. It is one stop from Zurich HB from Wipkingen Station and Tram 13 goes directly there (stop is 1 min away).

Please let us know if you are keen to look at our place.

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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi,
I saw your suggestion for someone else to visit your apartment. That message was 2 weeks old. I am myself looking for one. Any chance I could maybe visit?
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Sure, please email me @ rachel.hor@ebaotech.com or rhfy@hotmail.com on your convenient time.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi could you tell me where is the appartments you have said?
I am looking!!! for accomodation as well thanks
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi There,

My place is in Roschibachstrasse, Wipkingen.

It has 1 room, 1 living room, 1 kitchen and a bathroom and a small foyer. Suitable for singles and very convenient. One stop to Zurich HB and you have Tram 13 and 4 which is 2 minutes walk.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi, have you not registered yourselves with the foreign police as yet?
this is the first step towards getting your work permit/bank account/flat. They will then give you a letter saying that you have registered with them and that your permit is being processed. You then take this letter as well as your husbands work contract, passports etc to the bank where you can open a bank account. Only then can you apply for a flat.
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi i was in a similar situation. Renting an apartment is quite a task here. what i did was i took up an open contract with swiss star apartments(if you want to leave it is a 14 day notice). registered in the krisburo.

The authorities give a temp registration/work permit. you can take this, your passport and your approval that you have got for your work permit to the bank. they will open your bank account. i am not sure if the banks will allow you to open an account if you dont have a address to stay.

I found ZKB to be hazzle free, only problem there was i have is most of the communication is in german.

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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hi,

Looking for a flat in Zurich can be quite frustating, I know. In my own personal experience, it may help if you put together a dossier with a cover letter, a reference letter from your husband office and so on, and hand it in with any flat application form. Also, if your husband boss is willing to help it can help if he/she calls the agency explaining your situation, since he/she probably speaks swiss german it may make things easier. And more important than all that, keep your hopes up! soon you will find a place
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Re: Help- renting a flat in Zurich for new arrivals!

Hello ,

I have a concearn regarding renting a flat in zurich , i know is very difficult without any Swiss documents, is there a site that do this? could anyone help me with some info ? thanks a lot
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