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Old 31.08.2006, 18:54
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Accomodation while Contracting

So it looks like my husband has a strong chance at getting a 6 month contract position with a large company in Zürich. My question is for anyone that might have had to arrange short term rentals in a similar situation. He'd like to have a studio or one bedroom flat for the weekdays. Daughter, dogs and I will be in the UK, at least initially. Are we right to assume that since it is a contract position, no housing assistance would be offered by the employer? Working on this premise, what is the best way of trying to arrange a flat rental given that he wont be there and able to view anything prior to his start date? Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.
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Old 31.08.2006, 19:05
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So it looks like my husband has a strong chance at getting a 6 month contract position with a large company in Zürich. My question is for anyone that might have had to arrange short term rentals in a similar situation. He'd like to have a studio or one bedroom flat for the weekdays. Daughter, dogs and I will be in the UK, at least initially. Are we right to assume that since it is a contract position, no housing assistance would be offered by the employer? Working on this premise, what is the best way of trying to arrange a flat rental given that he wont be there and able to view anything prior to his start date? Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.

Hi my husband was on an initial contract when he came here and got no help with accomodation, we got a short let serviced and furnished bed sit/studio apartment with this company http://www.cityappartements.ch - We struggled to find anywhere cheaper, we found there wasn't a great choice of short let furnished places - He also only had a temporary 4 month work permit at this point so couldn't rent a normal apartment

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Old 31.08.2006, 19:09
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Maybe: http://www.apartments-swiss-star.ch/

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Old 31.08.2006, 19:21
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Re: Accomodation while Contracting

I recall that this has come up a couple of times before - try using the search function or browse through the apartments section.
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Old 31.08.2006, 19:34
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Maybe: http://www.apartments-swiss-star.ch/

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Mark - I have searched but never found anything regarding this - only people making a permanent move. Apologies if the new thread is a nuisance . . .

Nicky - my husband is a Swiss national, so no permit issues but it is good to know about the situation of someone with a similar timeframe. Thanks!
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Old 31.08.2006, 19:38
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Mark - I have searched but never found anything regarding this - only people making a permanent move. Apologies if the new thread is a nuisance . . .
I did a search for short term and found quite a lot of matches, but this thread stood out:

http://www.englishforum.ch/help-tips...omodation.html

Seems some of those links posted by Nanda have been posted on this thread already.
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I did a search for short term and found quite a lot of matches, but this thread stood out:

http://www.englishforum.ch/help-tips...omodation.html

Seems some of those links posted by Nanda have been posted on this thread already.
Thanks - I appreciate that. I guess I used a different search term . . . Am used to forums with a few more headings and going to different areas for various topics.

My question isn't just about finding short term accomodation though. I also wanted to know about arranging an actual proper rental, as that will be much cheaper than these short term things. What is the typical rental period in a contract?
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Old 31.08.2006, 19:56
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I also wanted to know about arranging an actual proper rental, as that will be much cheaper than these short term things. What is the typical rental period in a contract?
I recall seeing something posted a while back on this forum with a room in a decent place for 800 francs per month - short term (possibly one of the links in the last thread, I'm not sure). This is pretty cheap compared to "long term" rental. 6 months is very much short term in this town. You need to give 3 months notice, to the end of (often the case) four quarters. So you decide you want to move on Jan 10, your termination date is end of March, you can leave end of June. Also since there are more people looking for apartments than there are apartments a landlord is probably not going to give it to your husband for just 6 months if he has 20 other applicants. My advice would be to either go for one of the short term places and get something basic, or try to find a sublet with another expat.

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Re: Accomodation while Contracting

Hi Music Mole

If your husband is with the Big Bank with the "B" in the middle, they USED TO HAVE short-term cheap reasonable acommodation (I can never spell that) especially for contractors, who often only had six month contracts and work permits (in the old days) and no landlord would touch them (as it was too short). I stayed in a place called Eibenstrasse, a mate of mine stayed there up to a few years back, I don't know if it is still going. My agency sorted it all out for me. Rent was CHF600 a month and no bills - but it was a single one-room apartment with a two-ring stove and mini-bar (sorry fridge)

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