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Old 29.01.2007, 00:57
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Additional help finding an apartment

Dear All,

I am about to relocate from London to Switzerland and I am (desperatly) looking for an apartment in Zurich. I am a bit surprise on how the house rental market works or maybe I just don't understand it.

So far, I have used internet-based search: www.homegate.ch, www.immostreet.ch and today found a very good search engine http://immo.search.ch. It is clear that demand is much higher than supply otherwise some of these websites would have a hard time renting something - quality of pictures, text, etc is very poor compared to UK based ones - www.foxtons.co.uk

I am looking for a (UK) 2 bed flat in a nice but lively area (Seefeld, Enge or similar) with a 3.5k budget. Not having a lot of luck at the moment doing the research from UK and therefore I am planning to take a week off and travel to Zurich as I need something for March. Any recommendations/tips? Are there any high street agencies? Any companies that look for flats for customers?

As a backup plan, I am thinking about service apartments, any recommendation there?

Thanks,
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Dear All,

I am about to relocate from London to Switzerland and I am (desperatly) looking for an apartment in Zurich. I am a bit surprise on how the house rental market works or maybe I just don't understand it.

So far, I have used internet-based search: www.homegate.ch, www.immostreet.ch and today found a very good search engine http://immo.search.ch. It is clear that demand is much higher than supply otherwise some of these websites would have a hard time renting something - quality of pictures, text, etc is very poor compared to UK based ones - www.foxtons.co.uk

I am looking for a (UK) 2 bed flat in a nice but lively area (Seefeld, Enge or similar) with a 3.5k budget. Not having a lot of luck at the moment doing the research from UK and therefore I am planning to take a week off and travel to Zurich as I need something for March. Any recommendations/tips? Are there any high street agencies? Any companies that look for flats for customers?

As a backup plan, I am thinking about service apartments, any recommendation there?

Thanks,

Hi,

I´m sorry that I can´t be of any help, but I am interested to hear of your experiences. I am in a similar position looking on the internet like you (for a 3-3.5 room apartment in Lausanne available in June, in case anyone is reading!) and have also been surprised at the lack of photos etc on the websites - it is impossible to judge the apartments just by looking on the internet and I´m also considering going down to Lausanne for a day or so to search. Can you just pre-arrange with the realtors to view x number of apartments on a fixed day How have you managed everything
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Re: Additional help finding an apartment

In my recent experience, virtually the only way to get a flat in Zurich, is to be here -- unless you have a lot of money to spend.

I have been staying in a serviced apartment, and I have the services of a relocation agent, who has been a great help. And, even given this, I have found it difficult to find an apartment. The most difficult aspects of renting here is that the woner gets to pick-n-choose the tenant, and the competition for apartments is fierce.

As it happens, once you go over SFR3000/mo, the competition gets a bit less.

I would strongly advise taking a serviced apartment (can be expensive), and using a good relocation agent if you can afford it. I could put you in touch with my agent, if you drop me a message/email. Basically, what he does, is essentially trying to match (a) your requirements, with (b) the apartments on the market, while at the same time avoiding poor properties.
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Re: Additional help finding an apartment

Hi there
We are very much in the same boat trying to find an apartment for short lease from Cape Town! Please can you recommend some services apartments to look at as even with this I'm battling with! From what I've seen a lot of people are recommending renting a serviced apartment and then maybe renting unfurnished and buying some stuff from IKEA?
Appreciate your advice in this regard.
thanks
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Re: Additional help finding an apartment

You should have not that much problem if your budget is CHF3.5k. That's usually the start of the "expensive" point.

There are some agencies out there:

http://www.dominozh.ch
http://www.mata-dienst.ch/

I find the first a lot more personal and is a small operation. The lady who runs it is really friendly. The second is luck depending on who you get as some of the staff can be rather gruff.

If I remember correctly, they both charge either CHF1k or 80% of first month's rent, if you decide to take an apartment from them. The buyer pays.

But for your budget, go through www.homegate.ch and call up the people that you're like to see places off. There's also http://www.immoscout.ch or http://www.alle-immobilien.ch.

http://immo.search.ch is a great website but like the alle-immobilien above, does not get updated often.


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Nanda is right - 3.5K is a good budget to be working with and you should easily find something good in a nice area for that much. Admittedly, my own flat hunting was not in that bracket and there may be special privileges at that end of the market, but I would still recommend that when you come over to look at places, make sure you bring copies of all documentation relating to your employment in Switzerland and the approval of your residence permit etc. The way some flat viewings work here is that there is one date and any number of people can turn up - there is a large (sometimes chaotic) group viewing and at the end of it, if you're interested in the flat, you fill out a form for the Hausverwaltung (the company in charge of renting the flat) and just hand it in. They then decide who they want to give the flat to, which can depend on a number of factors (other people in the building and how you would fit in with them, how much of a safe bet you look for a reliable and long-term tenancy etc). The more documentation you have proving that you can afford the place and you are a good person to have in there, the better your chances are.

There is a lot available at the moment because April 1st is one of the 'official moving dates' (a lot of contracts stipulate that you can only move in April or September) so you're looking at a good time.

Good luck and I'm sure you'll find something nice - we all look forward to the house warming!
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