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is it possible to rent a flat without residence permit?

Can a German resident rent a flat in Switzerland without having to apply for residence permit? I'm planning to move to Switzerland in a year or so, but would like to rent a flat already now, to be able to go back and forth until i make the final move.

Also, i've been told that Swiss landlords are unlikely to rent to someone who is not living in their flat 100% of the time, and who has no regular job i Switzerland (which i don't) - how true is that?

Thanks a lot for your advice!
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Old 28.09.2009, 19:46
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Can a German resident rent a flat in Switzerland without having to apply for residence permit? I'm planning to move to Switzerland in a year or so, but would like to rent a flat already now, to be able to go back and forth until i make the final move.

Also, i've been told that Swiss landlords are unlikely to rent to someone who is not living in their flat 100% of the time, and who has no regular job i Switzerland (which i don't) - how true is that?

Thanks a lot for your advice!
There is an acute shortage of rental accommodation. So Swiss landlords are very choosy in selecting tenants. They inevitably prefer someone with a steady income from a solid employer.

Suggest you rent something within Germany and close to Swiss border. Even Zurich is only about 30 minutes from the border German towns.
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Re: is it possible to rent a flat without residence permit?

there is nothing legal to prevent you ... or the landlord.

but since it is clearly a seller's market, you may have to something exceptional to make it worthwhile for the landlord... something like 12 months rent upfront??
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there is nothing legal to prevent you ... or the landlord.

but since it is clearly a seller's market, you may have to something exceptional to make it worthwhile for the landlord... something like 12 months rent upfront??
Law does not permit anything more than 3 months rent.
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Old 29.09.2009, 18:59
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Law does not permit anything more than 3 months rent.
I am not a lawyer, but find that hard to believe nevertheless...

so if I agree to pay you 12 months rent in advance for a property I agree to lease from you, which law exactly would forbid that arrangement??
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Law does not permit anything more than 3 months rent.
Utter rubbish, you can pay whatever you want up front. The guarantee maybe limited to 3 months but this is guarantee money, not rent. By offering to pay 12 months rent up front, it often tips the balance in your favour. Of course you have to add on top a further 3 months of rent as guarantee quite often.
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