Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10.11.2010, 12:28
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Germany
Posts: 11
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
rodquiman has no particular reputation at present
So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Browsing the forum I find that most people here seem to be expats working for important international companies with important jobs and salaries, yet is very difficult to find an apartment. I wonder, how is it for people like a bus driver or a plumber? And please, Iīm not saying that some people are better than others, every job is necessary and perfectly honest, just that thereīs a difference on the income of the people. If itīs difficult for people with high or medium salaries, how is it to find a place for those who have a lower and completely respectable income (like me)? I canīt imagine a landlord saying: "Sorry sir, you make 150k, but since you have been transfered from London, we just preffer to rent the apartment to this lady who works in the supermarket or to this two exchange students".
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10.11.2010, 12:31
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 13,180
Groaned at 1,175 Times in 779 Posts
Thanked 18,994 Times in 7,365 Posts
Chuff has a reputation beyond reputeChuff has a reputation beyond reputeChuff has a reputation beyond reputeChuff has a reputation beyond reputeChuff has a reputation beyond reputeChuff has a reputation beyond repute
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Read the other threads on the page, some deal with salary issues Writing down a lower income than it is?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10.11.2010, 12:35
ali_the_nomad's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 317
Groaned at 6 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 333 Times in 164 Posts
ali_the_nomad has a reputation beyond reputeali_the_nomad has a reputation beyond reputeali_the_nomad has a reputation beyond reputeali_the_nomad has a reputation beyond repute
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Quote:
View Post
If itīs difficult for people with high or medium salaries, how is it to find a place for those who have a lower and completely respectable income (like me)? I canīt imagine a landlord saying: "Sorry sir, you make 150k, but since you have been transfered from London, we just preffer to rent the apartment to this lady who works in the supermarket or to this two exchange students".
Happens here the same as everywhere else. If you're looking for an apartment in a popular area (read anywhere central in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and a few other places) then it's tough. If you're happy to live a bit further out then it's easier. I don't think there are many bus drivers, nurses, teachers living in Beverly Hills or Knightsbridge.

And the last bit does happen, as covered in other threads (Edit - see above) - some landlords will reject you if your salary is 'too high', as they'd rather rent to someone on a lower salary who can afford their apartment. Offering more for an apartment will not often endear you to the landlord (is seen as a bit greasy).

Last edited by ali_the_nomad; 10.11.2010 at 12:36. Reason: rd's post & spelling
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10.11.2010, 12:35
TheWolverine's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 1,491
Groaned at 13 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 1,378 Times in 688 Posts
TheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond reputeTheWolverine has a reputation beyond repute
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Well many things come into the picture here :

- As far as I know, every Gemeinde in Zurich has some rules regarding housing. Which includes providing affordable housing to people who work in jobs that do not pay a lot. Of course, the apartments are not very magnanimous, but quite livable.

- It also depends on where you are looking for a home. Living in Zurich might be a little harder and specially some areas of Zurich, gold cost et al. Then there are other cheaper areas where affordable housing is available.

- And outside the main cities, housing costs are not really as high, which also serves as a viable option.

Just my two rappen.
__________________
"You picked the wrong house, Bub"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10.11.2010, 12:42
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Quote:
View Post
Browsing the forum I find that most people here seem to be expats working for important international companies with important jobs and salaries, yet is very difficult to find an apartment.
It's simple: Rich and successful people complain more because they aren't used to disappointment and not having things go their way all the time.

Everyone else just gets on with it without a fuss.
Reply With Quote
The following 9 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 10.11.2010, 13:14
Nickyboy's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Morges
Posts: 156
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 58 Times in 47 Posts
Nickyboy has earned some respectNickyboy has earned some respect
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

From what I understand from my Swiss friend, Geneva has a lot of subsidized/low income housing stock that isn't available to the expat community.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10.11.2010, 13:33
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 9
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
StewartN has no particular reputation at present
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

From my experience finding an accommodation is the most difficult bit from all about moving and living in Switzerland. No matter what is your job, salary or circumstances. My partner and I looking since Sep 2010. The apartment information provided or advertise are incredibly poor. You go to see place you never going to apply for. The agents won't even tell you what floor the property is on what kind of conditions. Most of them even don't go and view them so can not tell you anything about it. Since the demand is this high seems nobody has to make any effort to rent their flat out and its equally difficult for everybody. After 1.5 months intensive search I would have to get lucky to get something suitable.
Good luck for you too.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10.11.2010, 23:41
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 19
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
lucy001 has no particular reputation at present
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Yes, it is pretty difficult in Zurich, especially if you are not European and don't speak German. It took us 3 months. However, we did find one we like in the end and our landlord is a very nice Swiss gentleman. I guess if you keep your spirit up and you will find a nice apartment one day. Good luck!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank lucy001 for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 11.11.2010, 19:24
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Tessin
Posts: 6,327
Groaned at 124 Times in 91 Posts
Thanked 7,542 Times in 3,540 Posts
Mrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond reputeMrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond reputeMrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond reputeMrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond reputeMrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond reputeMrs. Doolittle has a reputation beyond repute
Re: So, how the rest of the people deal with finding a place?

Quote:
It's simple: Rich and successful people complain more because they aren't used to disappointment and not having things go their way all the time.

Everyone else just gets on with it without a fuss.
I disagree. I know some people who fit your profile but just don't like to complain, it's just not their way.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
finding people is so hard! fptrader Employment 58 19.03.2014 10:50
Help finding the right place to live OBone Housing in general 15 31.07.2011 23:40
Finding the right place to live the first time AmberLeigh15 Housing in general 2 12.03.2010 13:41
Intern Finding a Place to Stay for 4 Months Yasmine#1 Housing in general 5 28.04.2009 14:24
Finding a place to rent in Basel.. Graciela Housing in general 0 17.03.2008 00:22


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 14:49.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0