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Old 16.03.2009, 21:24
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Process of finding an apartment

I will start my job on June 1 in Zürich, and before that, it would be great to have somewhere to live! Unfortunately we cannot start seeing apartments before the end of April when we go there for a visit. Our plan is to set up meetings with as many landlords as possible for the week when we go there and then apply for all of them, as long as they are not too bad.

We are quite flexible on where to live but do not want to spend more than 3k CHF. Given the fact that it seems to be hard to find apartments, do you think we have a chance to get an apartment and be able to move in before end of May? Or should we get store our furniture here and opt for a furnished place the first months?

Also, I was thinking on which papers do we need for applying for an apartment. I do not have a work permit yet, should I give the authorities a friend's address and tell them I live there, in order to quickly get my work permit?

Another question, I read somewhere here that you might have to pay a fine if you apply for an apartment, are offered it and then decline. As we need to apply for as many apartments as possible, is this a risk we have to calculate? And how much would this fine be?

Thanks for now, I am sure more questions will pop up!
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Old 17.03.2009, 18:21
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Re: Process of finding an apartment

Hi mx2000. You will find tons of information on the forum for all those questions.
I would recommend checking estate agents webpages to have things set up for when you are visiting. But check out the forum as there are often people needing to leave ASAP who want someone to take over their contract. Many houses only become available in certain dates... if you are looking in June you may find most are only available in October.
You do need to present paperwork including a letter from your employer stating salary, certificates proving you have a clean credit history, references from previous landlords, all depends on which agency or individual you are applying to.
Your work permit can take months to get anyway so I'm not sure if you have to prove you have applied or are sure to get it (EU, employed etc).
I think that fine would be for misleading the agent, signing a contract or agreeing verbally to sign, then backing out.
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Hi there

I found it very competitive when I first moved to Zurich in July last year as everything I booked to see started to get snapped up befire I even got there!!!

One thing I found is that the viewings are generally mass viewings at a certain time where everyone looking at the apartment whould look at it at the same time. Withi this in mind, take your paperwork with you (work contract, Permit letter/permit etc) and show it to them while you are there.

some good resources are www.comparis.ch www.homegate.ch and also this forum which has loads of people looking to let there places out, infact that is how I found mine.

There is also a deposit scheme called swiss caution which basically is an insurance company putting your deposit up for you. In turn you pay a couple of hundred francs to set it up initially and the again every six months...definatley an option if up front money is tight.

Hope this helps.....

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Thanks to both of you! I am excited about the move to Zürich, and I really hope the apartment issue will not be too much of a problem. I will look around here a lot, and let you know later in April how it went!
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I just wanted to let you know that I found an apartment! I don't know if the house market has changed, or we were just extremely lucky.

We had seven individual visits planned. We came down on a Friday and saw the first apartment Saturday morning. After giving the landlord my papers, he told me I could have it! Since we just came to Zurich, we wanted to check some other apartments also. During the Sunday we drove around to the other planned apartments to check the area. This led to that we canceled 5 of the visits (we realized we did not like the area).

We saw one more apartment on the Tuesday and we met the first landlord once more. On the Wednesday we signed the contract for the first apartment, and the second landlord said we could have that apartment as well!

A few days later, we came back to Zurich and picked up the keys to our new apartment, and already next week we will move in! We are very excited, but also a bit worried. When something goes too good, or too easy, something must be wrong
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They are letting people go at UBS, CS and elsewhere. The market should be softer.
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Aha, I thought it was because I was such a nice and charming guy, all the landlords wanted me But your explanation makes more sense
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I just wanted to let you know that I found an apartment! I don't know if the house market has changed, or we were just extremely lucky.

We had seven individual visits planned. We came down on a Friday and saw the first apartment Saturday morning. After giving the landlord my papers, he told me I could have it! Since we just came to Zurich, we wanted to check some other apartments also. During the Sunday we drove around to the other planned apartments to check the area. This led to that we canceled 5 of the visits (we realized we did not like the area).

We saw one more apartment on the Tuesday and we met the first landlord once more. On the Wednesday we signed the contract for the first apartment, and the second landlord said we could have that apartment as well!

A few days later, we came back to Zurich and picked up the keys to our new apartment, and already next week we will move in! We are very excited, but also a bit worried. When something goes too good, or too easy, something must be wrong
Congratulations on finding your flat!
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