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Renter's Regret

Quick question -- does anyone know if there is any way to cancel a lease before you have moved in? Or are you required to find a nacmieter already?
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Re: Renter's Regret

Cancel,if you've signed the contract, no. Give notice ,yes. Buy your way out of it, possibly.

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Quick question -- does anyone know if there is any way to cancel a lease before you have moved in? Or are you required to find a nacmieter already?
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Quick question -- does anyone know if there is any way to cancel a lease before you have moved in? Or are you required to find a nacmieter already?
There's no way to get out of the contract. You can cancel it but you'll have to pay rent until the 3-month period (or whatever cancellation period was agreed upon in the contract) has expired or until you found a Nachmieter.

That was recently covered in the Mieterverband's (www.mieterverband.ch) newsletter. Joining the Mieterverband is a good idea anyway - if you run into trouble with your landlord, you get free counseling - and you can get questions like the one you have right now answered by lawyers at no additional charge. You also get liablity insurance etc. - membership is 84 Fr. per year (including liability insurance).
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Re: Renter's Regret

That is not a cancellation of the contract. This distinction is important. The conditions in the contract do apply. If there is a clause saying that you wil wear pink bunny ears during the three month notice-period then I'm afraid you will have to do it.

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There's no way to get out of the contract. You can cancel it but you'll have to pay rent until the 3-month period (or whatever cancellation period was agreed upon in the contract) has expired or until you found a Nachmieter.
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That is not a cancellation of the contract. This distinction is important. The conditions in the contract do apply. If there is a clause saying that you wil wear pink bunny ears during the three month notice-period then I'm afraid you will have to do it.

By "cancel" I meant "kündigen" - I take it this isn't used in British English?
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Re: Renter's Regret

The word "kündigen" obviously isn't but the definition of that I have seen also include "to give notice of cancellation".

The point I am trying to make is that the contract does not disappear just because you have changed your mind or decide you don't want to be part of it any more.

Unless it specifically says-so the contract is not terminated until the end of the notice period, and even then ongoing conditions could apply.

I'm not a swiss lawyer, but these are common commercial practices.

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Re: Renter's Regret

Thanks very much. This is basically what I expected -- just hoping there was a way to buy out or (in my dreams) there was a cancellation period. A Swiss colleague mentioned a 2 week period?
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The point I am trying to make is that the contract does not disappear just because you have changed your mind or decide you don't want to be part of it any more.

yeah - that's exactly what I was trying to say - sorry if I didn't express myself clearly enough

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Thanks very much. This is basically what I expected -- just hoping there was a way to buy out or (in my dreams) there was a cancellation period. A Swiss colleague mentioned a 2 week period?
For Swiss rental agreements that's usually 3 months - but that can vary. 2 weeks is way too short though, IMHO. The cancellation period is always mentioned in the contract.
Some old-style contracts contain additional restrictions - sometimes the cancellation period is 6 months, some contracts only provide 2 cancellation dates per year and most contracts won't let you cancel in December.
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