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advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

hi,
I'm looking to move out of my apartment by the end of August. I can give the Regie the required 3 months notice now, which would mean that my contract will end at the end of September - but it would be better if someone takes over the contract to save me some money! I was wondering how this works...
So I have advertised my flat and people are coming to visit, but how do I know if they apply to the Regie, and then how do I know if the Regie thinks they are acceptable tenants (even if they are acceptable what if the Regie refuses them for whatever reason)?
Do I need to write to let the Regie know that I have advertised my flat before other people potentially apply for it?
If anyone could let me know the best way to go about doing this that would be great.
many thanks
Liz
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

This is callled a "Vorzeitiger Auszug".

If one of the prospects wants to take the flat and fulfils basic criteria like
- being able to pay the rent (<30% of gross income)
- fits into the tenant structure of the house
- is willing to take over the flat with the same conditions

then you can send a registered letter to your landlord, stating that you intend to move out of the apartment before the official end of the contract and that you release the apartment at a certain date.

In that letter you have to name at least one prospect who has stated that they want to take over the flat. Also, ask for a written confirmation that they accept your move out ahead of schedule.
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

You can print out applications and distribute them to people viewing the flat. You can also offer to interested people to take their applications directly to the régie. This is what we did -- people were more than happy to give us their papers and we made sure that the régie received them and they gave us a confirmation in writing that we found suitable candidates. We submitted 3 applications and eventually they chose one so we were able to move out quickly.
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

When I moved out of mine I made a form based on the regie's form that I asked people to fill in and I sent them with my letter saying I was moving out. I sent it registered post but because my regie was a nightmare he said he had only received the letter but no forms so I would recommend writing the people's names in your letter! If you do that and they are "suitable" candidates then the regie is obliged to end your contract on the date you request.

Where is your appartment? What size?! I am looking for a place in Lausanne!
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

I found this link very helpful when looking for the details around leaving early.

http://www.mieterverband.ch/smv_merkb_vorz_aus.0.html
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

Hi all,

I'm intending to leave my flat asap, I've found already a new tenant, who has basically the same salary, no pets, so matching myself.

Could the Verwaltung decline this person and force me to find a new one, and prevent me to leave the appartment when I would like to?

Thanks!
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

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Hi all,

I'm intending to leave my flat asap, I've found already a new tenant, who has basically the same salary, no pets, so matching myself.

Could the Verwaltung decline this person and force me to find a new one, and prevent me to leave the appartment when I would like to?

Thanks!
They can decline your suggested tenant and then you need to check your contract for the notice period quoted. If they decline and your contract says 3 months then they must find a replacement and your free to organise your move. Problem may be that you will be asked to allow lots of people in to view.
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They can decline your suggested tenant and then you need to check your contract for the notice period quoted. If they decline and your contract says 3 months then they must find a replacement and your free to organise your move. Problem may be that you will be asked to allow lots of people in to view.
Thanks a lot for the quick reply.
I thought that as soon as you provided a potential tenant with the same "characteristics", they could decide to decline him/her, but that them I would be free to leave anyway.

We'll see what they see when they receive the info.
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Re: advice for finding someone to take over rental contract

Be careful, you are free to leave only when the candidate has signed, not when you have him presented ! And the landlord has 10 tp 30 days to decide if he wants the candidate or not ...
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