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Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

Hi,

We arrived less than two weeks ago to the Nyon area and I'm actively looking for a single family house - detached - to rent. I'm curious if there are times of the year when people tend to move more or less? Now that school has started, for example, can we expect that fewer people will be moving, fewer houses coming on the market, etc.? If we opt to stay in temporary housing for 3 months or so, will it be even harder to find a place in the middle of winter? In the US, the real estate market really slows down around the holidays - does that happen here also?

I'd love to hear what people's experience has been with finding houses at different times of year.

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Re: Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

there are 'official moving dates'...

have a search here on the forum, I am sure you will find plenty of useful info...
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Re: Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

Not sure if it applies to the entire Switzerland but in Zurich, 1 April or 1 October seems to be the most popular available dates for housing. There will still be housing available at other times of the year though albeit lesser. Best to look for houses in the summer - downside: agents will be going on hoilday - delayed response in requests and applications.

Upside, open houses are at much more convenient timings - rather than 1-2 hours of daylight after work or lunch time during winter I was looking for apartments during Oct - Nov. Never again!
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there are 'official moving dates'...

have a search here on the forum, I am sure you will find plenty of useful info...
Hi,

I tried the search you suggested but did not come up with much except one other reference that says some contracts stipulate you can only move in April or September. Did I not do the search correctly?

Do you know if the official moving dates apply all over the country? I'm seeing a range of availability dates here near Nyon.

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Re: Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

What moving dates? Never heard of anything like that around here, it must be some Swiss German peculiarity.

The housing in Geneva and the surrounding are (especially Nyon) is pretty desperate at any time of the year. You have to lower your expectations and increase your patience and commuting time tolerance threshold and in three months time something will certainly come up.
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Re: Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

And where do you live in the meantime?
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Re: Housing seasons, busy times, slow times?

Just for a reference, we arrived in March and could not get into our apartment until July 1. We lived in furnished temp housing until then and felt lucky that we found something! Good luck.
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And where do you live in the meantime?
I presume you have found temporary accommodation: sublets, furnished flats, hotels are your options.

If you find some interesting houses, even if the owner decides to rent to you, it will take some weeks before you sort everything out and move in.
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If you find some interesting houses, even if the owner decides to rent to you, it will take some weeks before you sort everything out and move in.
Why is this? Could it move along faster if you are using a relocation company that your company has set you up with?
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Why is this? Could it move along faster if you are using a relocation company that your company has set you up with?
The way it works in Geneva is the following: houses are advertised as vacant from a certain date, which may be one or several months ahead. Even if you find some that are empty now, you can not just come in and take a lease. Housing is managed by companies that handle the application and selection procedure (called 'régie' in French), so if you like a house you have to fill out an application and collect and send certain documents along (copy of your contract, work permit, salary statement, etc) and only after that the company will contact you in case they (and the owner) decided to give the house to you. There are often dozens of interested people and even if you apply there is no guarantee you will get it. Sometimes it takes several weeks for them to contact you, if at all.

How it works with relocation companies I don't know, but I guess that this process can move considerably faster only if your employer holds the actual lease and its employees move in and out as they move in and out of Geneva. It may also move faster if you rent from the owner directly but this is often not the case. Housing is here mostly owned either by companies or wealthy individuals that own whole blocks and they leave the tenant issues to 'régies'.
 

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