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Old 10.07.2009, 23:10
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How do you rent a place here?

Soon, will start searching for an apartment in Lausanne area. What is the procedure usually when you find an apartment that will become vacant soon? can you make an appointement and preview the flat? or otherwise how would you decide if the place is suitable for you ?
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Old 12.07.2009, 19:58
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

How do you rent a place here?

The answer is same as "how do you take 3 camels in a truck?":

With difficulty
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

I know it quite difficult. but what is the preview policy? can you actually preview apartments before signining the contract?
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Old 14.07.2009, 10:27
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

I would never sign a contract for a place I havent seen.

Having moved here this year the general method seemed to be organise a viewing time with the current renter, fill out some forms which would be sent to the landlord and hope the landlord chooses you.

If there is nobody renting, then there will be an estate agent or similar type. Again with forms to fill out.

Lots of lovely paperwork.
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

As I know it, you make an appointment with the agent or directly with the tenenat to visit the apartment. They give you a form to fill out (1 up to 3 pages with a lot of personal information). You send it back and after a while they say "yes" or you never her again from them.

Don't take any apartment without visiting it. That's not serious.

But I know also other agencies handling this much easier.

Good luck!

Good to know: The security deposit can be 1 up to 3 months rent.
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

Thanks for that. I was also surprised when told that preview visits not allowed .

Now I know that this is not true
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

This post is really useful thanks, suppose one needs a bank account set before viewing a place, in case you like the place and want to pay a deposit that day? Or is it really just form filling, and praying the agent chooses you??
( I'll be looking in Affoltern am Albis)
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

Or is it really just form filling, and praying the agent chooses you

Yep.......I'm afraid it's lots of doing both!

Another thing to point out is that the landlord is probably looking for someone who's going to be a long-term renter. We made the mistake of saying we were probably looking for just a couple of years, and we were turned down because someone else said they would take it for ten years. (Whether they would or not is another matter!)
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.....
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

Thats really useful, thanks, because my job is definately a year, but unsure what the situation will be after that.
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

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This post is really useful thanks, suppose one needs a bank account set before viewing a place, in case you like the place and want to pay a deposit that day?
Based on my experience in the city of Zürich (probably easier elsewhere because of lower demand, but I suppose the procedure's similiar), no. Nothing gets signed within a day. Even if you have all the necessary assurances as a tenant and obviously don't have a problem paying, the landlords will look for the "even better" tenant (Swiss, older, rich, married and works for a bank), and it typically takes weeks for a contract to come, if you're lucky.

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Or is it really just form filling, and praying the agent chooses you??
Pretty much. Or try to "speak to people" informally and see how far you go.
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

My fiance and I have just this week signed contracts for an apartment in Lausanne. We had the assistance of a relocation agency and only 3 days to look at and choose an apartment. Thankfully the agent was marvelous, and even though we had a very limited selection (the vacancy rate is notoriously low) we were able to find a great place.

A few things I learned from the process are:

Call rental agencies on or just after the 15th of the month as this is when people give notice on their apartments and the agencies organise viewings.

Expect a mass of people to arrive to see the apartment when you do. One great apartment we visited had a queue of about 17 people with more arriving when we left, only for us to be advised that the current tenant had already recommended a friend for the place and the landlord wanted to do an open just to ensure that the property would not remain vacant if for some reason it fell through. The chances of getting the flat were miniscule. Word of mouth seems to rule here with people passing on recommendations for friends and colleagues. Having the application and relevant paperwork filled out prior and sending it off immediately may help.

And be prepared for things to take time. We've been advised that our case of having contracts signed within 3 days was almost unheard of (it helped that the agent was going on holidays and wanted it finalised beforehand) so be prepared to be patient.

Oh and tenants are generally required to give 3 months notice before vacating the premises, so unless the tenant needs to vacate early, you may be looking at apartments now that are only available in October.

Other than this, praying to whatever higher power you believe in may help

Hope this is of some assistance
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

Renting an apartment in Lausanne is extremely difficult. But if you're coming as student, it is a bit easier. You can always look at the wall at the university to have a roomy (colocation)...
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Renting an apartment in Lausanne is extremely difficult
This is scary !!! We are actually looking for areas between Lausanne and Vevey and not in the city itself, do you think it will be as difficult??
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This is scary !!! We are actually looking for areas between Lausanne and Vevey and not in the city itself, do you think it will be as difficult??
It is scary! But not impossible. We found a lovely place and all of my partners expat colleagues have found places they're happy with. Its just harder than we're used to. We we're looking in around Ouchy and Flon, I believe that it may be a little easier outside the city
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Re: How do you rent a place here?

Having just gone through this process, with lots of form-filling, document-searching and praying - I was very happy when I was "chosen" for the apartment I had set my heart on.
Lots of smiling, speaking Swiss German (in my case) and a good reference also helped!!
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