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Old 26.08.2008, 17:24
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September is going to be a long month

I just attended my first apartement viewing..along with 20 other people.
Had a brief look around (20 people in a 30m2 apartment does not leave a lot of room to look around) and then on my way out there was a charming lady handing out application forms.
The apartement that I have now, I did it all via the internet (from the UK) before I moved over to Bern and it was a 'doddle'
I have now been offered a permanent position and want a bigger place...but if today was anything to go by, I guess I will be doing a lot of viewing and form filling-in.
How do the owners evaluate the applicants based on the details of a form.

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Old 26.08.2008, 17:42
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Re: September is going to be a long month

My girlfriend and I just went through the whole process recently... viewed about 10 different apartments over a few weeks which was a right pain in the neck but worth it in the end as we found a great apartment in a nice area.

You asked how they judge the applicants? Well, at one viewing the rep from the company showing us the apartment told us that the company chooses the first suitable application that arrives. So firstly, apply fast if you see something you like. What makes you suitable? Is your income sufficient to be able to live in the apartment and pay other living expenses? Do you have any debt registered at the Betreibungsamt?

We have chosen to go for quite a large apartment and after we sent our application my girlfriend had a surprise call at work from the company and was promptly grilled about our short term plans - are we planning to have children, work goals, do we own cars etc etc as they are concerned that if my girlfriend was not going to be able to work we would not be able to afford the apartment any more. Incidentally, my girlfriend did not write her work number on the application so they looked it up and called just to make sure we were not lying!

Anyways good luck with your searching - it can be frustrating at times.
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Old 26.08.2008, 17:54
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Re: September is going to be a long month

We had a similar situation: found a larger apartment and were grilled about children. We are empty nesters and our kids visit regularly but do not live with us full time. We were advised to make sure mgmt knew we had kids who would be involved here regularly. We were told by a local in our office that they prefer to lease larger apartments to people with kids because it is more socially responsible -- I guess they wonder what two people do with all that space?!?! Well. one of the bedrooms is an office, one was turned into a closet since we have none, and that leaves an actual guest room and more storage. We felt lucky to get it!
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Old 26.08.2008, 18:12
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Well. one of the bedrooms is an office, one was turned into a closet since we have none, and that leaves an actual guest room and more storage.
That's pretty much exactly the same plan we have for our apartment. I am refusing to buy any more wardrobes - so the strange narrow room in between the main bedroom and the guestroom is being turned into the walk in closet. So much for being socially responsible then.
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Old 27.08.2008, 10:16
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Re: September is going to be a long month

One thing you might want to look for when you see ads for apartments is the term "Nachmieter Gesucht". This basically means that someone is trying to leave their apartment earlier than the 3 month notification period and can only get out of the contract if they supply a new tenant(Nachmieter). These apartments tend to be easier to get. Sometimes you might even get to live for month rent free. It's worth keeping an eye out for. November is the next moving month (the other is May) - these sort of ads usually start popping up around now.
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Re: September is going to be a long month

Yes,
September is feeling like a long difficult month! We just moved here from U.S. We managed to get an apartment available in October. Meanwhile, our temporary housing runs out mid-September. Anyone have some suggestions??
If you are also having trouble getting settled, maybe we should get some wine and commisserate! Seriously, good luck. It is so hard getting settled here.
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Re: September is going to be a long month

Unfortunately, I was just reading an article yesterday about the housing shortage, especially in Zürich Stadt. Apparently, available housing is under 1% -- so, just tell everyone you're looking and maybe you'll find something ... Good luck!

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... I was just reading an article yesterday about the housing shortage, especially in Zürich Stadt. Apparently, available housing is under 1% ...
Things seem a lot worse in Geneva, according to an article in Le Temps which quotes a vacancy rate of 0.2%
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Things seem a lot worse in Geneva, according to an article in Le Temps which quotes a vacancy rate of 0.2%
I spoke to a WHO pro in finding apartments today and she said that the figure stated was not so low as she pointed us to several sites with plenty to offer.

We will be in Geneva in November, do you get preferential treatment for signing 12 month contracts with an option to renew for 24 months?

What is the ideal size for two people, one working full time and the other from home?

About how far and in what suburb is the furthest one should consider in terms of having a reasonable time to travel by public transport to the WHO (OMS)?

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