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First time poster, long time reader - just want to say thanks in advance and in the past for all the helpful tips. Will try my best to make this short and sweet.

I moved into a new apartment on the 1st of May in Lausanne. The lease was signed through my company as I did not have my B Visa and could not secure the apartment long term on my own. The understanding was that once I received my visa, they would transfer the name of the apartment to me. I received my B Visa but my company downsized and cut me loose on the 31st of May. I wound up buying a ton of furniture, as I planned to be here years in advance. Fortunately, I received a fair goodbye package.

The problem I have is that the rental is under my company's name and now the rental company says I will have to apply for the apartment on my own, to which I'm sure I will face strong competition (my place is the most ideal place I've ever been). I can't face the chance of losing this apartment. I'm well secured in my finances, and very comfortable for far far time away, as I have been frugal and saved enough - even if I were to remain jobless for years. What I'm looking for is a lawyer that handles tenants rights or might hear me out in more detail about my situation, so that we can ensure - despite my work situation - that I can remain in this apartment for the distant future. I do not want it offered offered to the public. I need this place as I continue to study French and look for work in Lausanne/Geneva. I feel that a lawyer is the only one who can clearly demonstrate my serious intentions towards remaining here and keep me from misrepresenting myself - as I understand how displaying or seemingly boasting about my finances may come across wrong to the rental company.

Your help and guidance is very much appreciated.

Best regards.
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Try the http://www.mieterverband.ch/

They should be able to give you some help
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Re: Tenant's Rights Lawyer

Asloca in Lausanne, if closer to you.
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Re: Tenant's Rights Lawyer

Thanks for the quick responses.

Do you know of any that might speak English? I forgot to mention that I'm learning French, and not even close to fluent.

Tks again.
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Re: Tenant's Rights Lawyer

In the German speaking parts, they do speak in English. Unsure of Romandie, but as a paid up member, I am sure they will try somehow to accomodate you. Alternatively, bring someone along who can do both EN and FR. The membership is worth it, and without it, the consultation costs might burn a hole in your pocket.
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Re: Tenant's Rights Lawyer

Hi,

This is just a thought, and I am in NO WAY qualified to answer your question.... but:

Firstly,
a) Do you have a copy of the contract?
b) What are the "Subletting" conditions of the contract?

I have just moved out of my place into a new one (In Zurich, so I have no idea on the French part).
Within my contract I was within the final notice period and had to find my own replacement tennant.
In my case, I found out that I had to provide at least 3 'suitable' candidate for consideration.
I of course favoured one, and had two other dummy people apply on their behalf.
new contract, problem solved.

So, is your company in the same situation? Can they just provide you as a new refference and with other people who will obviously not 'snake' you?

Alternatively,
Is the company trying to 'snake' you?
Have they got a vested interest in holding the appartment and just trying to kick you out (in favour of another employee)?........ see the subletting question above.

I can't help you, but these might be good points to discuss with a lawyer who can.

It does sound like the employer is wearing the pants here though, and I do think it's a bit unreasonable of the company to boot you out with nowhere to go, and no current employment.

Seriously, I wish you the best of luck.
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