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Flat being demolished

Hello folks,

Some time ago now I received notification that the building I live in is going to be knocked down and then rebuilt. Originally this was going to be March 2010, but due to the financial whatnot, it's now Feb 2011.

So, before then, I need to find somewhere else to live. However I'm battling to decide whether it's better to move before the demolition date, or wait til the last moment. Would appreciate advice from anyone who has been in this position?

The current landlord has stated they will only need 1 month notice for me to leave the apartment, and also I'm assuming that if I stay to the end then there's no need to "clean" the apartment, just move my stuff out and get my deposit back.

Deciding where to move to is a whole other quandary but any pointers people have on whether to jump ship now, or hang on another year, might help me to make the decision.

Thanks in advance!
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I would stay for this alone. I'm hoping they decide to demolish my place at some point too.
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Hello folks,

Some time ago now I received notification that the building I live in is going to be knocked down and then rebuilt. Originally this was going to be March 2010, but due to the financial whatnot, it's now Feb 2011.

So, before then, I need to find somewhere else to live. However I'm battling to decide whether it's better to move before the demolition date, or wait til the last moment. Would appreciate advice from anyone who has been in this position?

The current landlord has stated they will only need 1 month notice for me to leave the apartment, and also I'm assuming that if I stay to the end then there's no need to "clean" the apartment, just move my stuff out and get my deposit back.

Deciding where to move to is a whole other quandary but any pointers people have on whether to jump ship now, or hang on another year, might help me to make the decision.

Thanks in advance!
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Everyone else will be moving out soon, no? No queues for the laundry room, quiet during the weekends and you can have very loud parties.. I'd stay
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...... just move my stuff out and get my deposit back.
Upstairs (Swiss) neighbour had this happen to her - but she didn't get the deposit back because there were scratches on the doors and floor from her dog.
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The current landlord has stated they will only need 1 month notice for me to leave the apartment, and also I'm assuming that if I stay to the end then there's no need to "clean" the apartment, just move my stuff out and get my deposit back.
I wouldn't rely on that. This is Switzerland. Orderliness comes before common sense.
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Old 26.09.2009, 14:25
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Re: Flat being demolished

Get it in writing before you commit yourself to anything. Especially
regarding your deposit returned.

Now the fun starts looking for a place to move into about the time you
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Upstairs (Swiss) neighbour had this happen to her - but she didn't get the deposit back because there were scratches on the doors and floor from her dog.
Scratches surely do not cost a huge amount to fix.. what about to normal wear and tear?

Our Sofa legs dented the wooden floor in our last apartment and our landlady wanted a large amount to fix it (can't remember how much exactly) and I told her to send us on a copy of the invoice for the repair work and I will then get our insurance to pay. Complete lie as we didn't have any insurance but she backed off and returned our deposit. I remember talking to the Meiterverband at the time and reasonable wear and tear is to be expected.

Terry, afaik, demolition or not, your landlord is required by law to give you 3 months notice so you have ample time to find a place. That is the rule in Zürich but is it the same in Zug??
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Re: Flat being demolished

Ask your landlord if they will refund your deposit without deductions if you stay - if I was him I'd agree in a shot! Otherwise you could move out and he will be left with an empty apartment that will be almost impossible to rent out again - especially nearer to the date of demolition...

If I was the landlord I've have said something like that in the letter informing you of the date of demolition.....
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Re: Flat being demolished

Definitely get the arrangements confirmed in writing.

I wouldn't hang on to the end just for some minor financial benefits or stubborness. If the right property is available before then, it would be a shame to miss out on it.
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Re: Flat being demolished

There seem to be many more places than usual up for rent on Homegate at the moment in Zug. I'd look around for something better.

My colleague found a rental flat that was due to be demolished within a year of when he moved in. He got a substantial rent reduction - so you can try asking for one if you stay until the end.
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Re: Flat being demolished

Bolding mine...This is exactly what I would do...contractual agreement to stay til the end in exchange for a mojor rent reduction. You could probably wait for a while to make this agreement, and see how many of your neighbors move out, and IF anyone moves in (and at what price the new short-term tenants agree to).

This also gives you a chance to watch the local market for a little while.

Good luck. Moving can be such a hassle...

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There seem to be many more places than usual up for rent on Homegate at the moment in Zug. I'd look around for something better.

My colleague found a rental flat that was due to be demolished within a year of when he moved in. He got a substantial rent reduction - so you can try asking for one if you stay until the end.
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Re: Flat being demolished

Personally I would be beginning the search for a new place a year before the demolition date... to be sure that you have ample time to get something else and make all the preparations you need.

Either way I advise moving out before they start demolishing it.
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Re: Flat being demolished

Technically the landlord has given me a couple of years notice, the letter came last year - I'd have to be christendom's premier arsehole to start quibbling for 3 months notice, and I'm not quite there yet

I've also considered I need to get something in writing about the deposit / cleaning costs, but that would pretty much set out my stall on intention to stay to the end, and I'd rather not do that until I've decided I want to or not.

My plan is to start the flat hunt after Christmas regardless of if I'm staying or going...althought the Zug housing market is nowhere near as ruthless as it is in Zurich. Really I wanted some pointers about whether it's worth staying to the end or leaving early, does anyone have any direct experience on that issue...?!

Cheers all for the input so far,

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