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Have 2 dogs - how difficult would it be to find housing?

Hello,

I will be coming to Basel for a few weeks to find an apartment to relocate into. I have 2 dogs - one medium and the other small - both are schnauzers.
How difficult would it be to find an apartment that will allow 2 dogs?

Please let me know if you've had some experience with this and if there is anything I should be aware of - perhaps additional rent or deposits, which may be imposed on me because of the dogs.

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Old 27.09.2009, 19:58
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We have 3 labs and got the only apartment we applied for and which was top of our list. So whilst I think we were incredibly luck, it is possible, but... and it's a big one we did 2 months research compiling a list, which we supplied to the relocator, to arrange viewings. Feel free to PM me on how we did it
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Re: Have 2 dogs - how difficult would it be to find housing?

We have 2 dogs and 2 cats and it was no problem, you just may have to take out insurance in case anything is damaged.
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Re: Have 2 dogs - how difficult would it be to find housing?

Our relocation agent told us not to mention that we have a dog, as she said landlords are not allowed to ban dogs from buildings. So we didn't say anything, and have had no problems, but we did get dog insurance.
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Our relocation agent told us not to mention that we have a dog, as she said landlords are not allowed to ban dogs from buildings. So we didn't say anything, and have had no problems, but we did get dog insurance.
Really... I have never heard of this? Good to know~
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Our relocation agent told us not to mention that we have a dog, as she said landlords are not allowed to ban dogs from buildings. So we didn't say anything, and have had no problems, but we did get dog insurance.
OK, that is BS.... Your relocation agent was playing a really stupid game. Most contracts (if not all, as they are standardised for the most part), clearly state that animals may only be kept with the express (and written) consent of the landlord. Failing to advise the landlord could be construed as a breach of contract and may result in you being given notice (less likely) or being asked to make the animal disappear (more likely). Of course, if your pet behaves and there are neither complaints nor damage your landlord may tolerate it, but he will not be too pleased at having been tricked.

Anyway, I can only say that your relocation agent was really giving you extremely bad advice.
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OK, that is BS.... Your relocation agent was playing a really stupid game. Most contracts (if not all, as they are standardised for the most part), clearly state that animals may only be kept with the express (and written) consent of the landlord. Failing to advise the landlord could be construed as a breach of contract and may result in you being given notice (less likely) or being asked to make the animal disappear (more likely). Of course, if your pet behaves and there are neither complaints nor damage your landlord may tolerate it, but he will not be too pleased at having been tricked.

Anyway, I can only say that your relocation agent was really giving you extremely bad advice.
Spot on snoopy.

Many owners are absent and just deal via an agent, so failure to disclose you have pets may be in breech of house rules, which could be a huge problem with dog confiscation or lease termination not beyond the realms of possibility. House rules apart, if pets are permisable in the building (not just an apartment) there is a seperate document to sign that allows for the waiving of notice should your dog cause a nuisance, for example barking. As said before, as your in there may that nothing will be said, but as it's Switzerland I would bet that come move out time it's remembered.

It's also fair to say that there are financial incentives for agents to get people into properties, perish the thought that could be a factor

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Not really, as they effectively lied, which puts you on very shakey ground... unless your an advocate of dis-honesty, and I think that the person who told them not to disclose dogs would be very hard to find should the proverbial hit the fan.

Properties are there for dog owners, they are just a little bit harder to find and require more effort and planing.
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Our relocation agent told us not to mention that we have a dog, as she said landlords are not allowed to ban dogs from buildings. So we didn't say anything, and have had no problems, but we did get dog insurance.
So basically you were told to lie. That is a big mistake. Every application form that I have seen asks if you have pets, and if you answer yes, what kind and how many.

At the bottom of the form, just above where the applicant/s sign, there is a paragraph that says that the information you have given is true. So if you sign that form and have lied, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. Would your relocation agent be there for you then?

When I hear things like this I get so angry. You are really lucky that you have had no problems....
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