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Old 13.03.2007, 10:45
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Found an apartment - BUT bad repair

Hi,

I would like to ask for people’s advice on the situation that I found myeself in.

I have finally found an apartment in Geneva. I saw it month and a half ago and several days ago “they gave it to me”. When I first saw it they were doing the renovation. Yesterday I went there to take some measurements for the furniture and also to see what it looked like after renovation.

It is an old building. On one hand they did a good job – brand new kitchen and bathroom. On the other hand they did very bad job – fresh paint turned into “bubbles”, you couldn’t close some doors and windows, no locks on the wardrobes, broken windows shutters… I would have done things better. In general it looked like they just painted all over everything (including locks which you can’t open now).
The real estate agency told me that regie told them that the owner was dealing with the renovation himself. I have not signed the lease yet, and they told me that during move in inspection all these things will be noted and they should be fixed. They may invite the owner of this apartment to this inspection to note all these things. I wonder, when you have such a shortage of apartments in Geneva – would the owner/regie care about fixing these things even if they promise to? Has anybody been in such situation before? Any advice?

Interesting thing – as I said it took about month and a half for me to get an answer about this apartment. Apparently, first regie was looking for a tenant, then owner was looking for a tenant, and finally it came back to regie and they gave it to me. Does it look suspicious? Could there be something fundamentally wrong with this place?

Any advice? Obviously a new apartment search is not something I look forward to.

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Old 14.03.2007, 17:09
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Re: Found an apartment - BUT bad repair

He is never going to fix it, if he was willing to paint over locks etc. like that in the first place. Sound mega dodgy.

Cut your loss now and be happy about the many many problems you avoid later....(probably including legal ones about who caused all that mess, as normally Swiss landlords are meticulous).
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Old 14.03.2007, 17:17
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Re: Found an apartment - BUT bad repair

Actually, I agree.. I am looking at apartments now (in Lausanne), and things here go a couple of days after they have been advertised, and I heard from everyone that Geneva is even worst. So the fact that the house has been un-let for over a month..
I went to see a place today and I couldn't believe from the pictures that noone had wanted it for months (I remember seeing it months ago).. When I saw the brothel next to the front door I realised why...
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Re: Found an apartment - BUT bad repair

The fact you are worried enough to write this here implies that you're not happy with the situation. Assume the work was never done, would you still take the flat ? I don't know what the situation is in Geneva , but living in Zürich innevitably means a compromise. Personally I wouldnt take an apartment until the work was complete.

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He is never going to fix it, if he was willing to paint over locks etc. like that in the first place. Sound mega dodgy.

Cut your loss now and be happy about the many many problems you avoid later....(probably including legal ones about who caused all that mess, as normally Swiss landlords are meticulous).
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Re: Found an apartment - BUT bad repair

After my real estate agent saw how this apartment was "renovated", she suggested that I should not take it. Now that does not happen often in Geneva... Case closed.
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