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Renting an apartment with B permit

Hi,

I'm wondering if I'm able to rent a flat in Lausanne with my B permit?

For the previous years, my address on the permit was my school's address (Since I am a boarding student), but now that I'm graduating, I cannot get the permit with the address of the school..

And now some teachers tell me that I can't rent an apartment with a B permit...

Is this true?? Any Advise on what I can do?

Thank you very much for the help!!
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Old 01.06.2011, 09:59
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

If that is true, Lausanne might be the exception! In every other Canton / city I know in CH, a B permit is not a problem to conclude a valid tenancy agreement. Your teachers might very likely be misinformed.

A sample PDF of the tenancy form is here clearly indicating the permit types ( B is included under Aufenthaltsbewilligung ).
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

Thank you for the help!!

Yes, I was in doubt if the teacher was right or not...

I'll go see the immobilier to make sure!

Thank you very much! It's been a big help!
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

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Thank you for the help!!

Yes, I was in doubt if the teacher was right or not...

I'll go see the immobilier to make sure!

Thank you very much! It's been a big help!

A B permit is one of the best you can have as a foreigner bar a C and you usually have to serve the B for 5-10 years before you can apply for a C!

Thus no problem at all. The only issue that landlords / companies perhaps may have is if the permit expires before the minimum time they would like the rental period to be. How long is left on your B?
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

I have until September 2011.

So you think that's not long enough?

Plus I'm leaving Switzerland for 2 months for the Summer vacation..
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Old 01.06.2011, 17:08
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I have until September 2011.

So you think that's not long enough?

Plus I'm leaving Switzerland for 2 months for the Summer vacation..
I was just going to say that what your teacher said is so wrong that she probably meant something else. And in fact, THIS is what she was talking about. You won't find a regular rental apartment with a permit that expires in 4 months. You'll have to renew your permit or find a flat share or temporary apartment.
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

Yeah, I was just about to add that the majority of the EF would be living under a bridge if you couldn't rent with a B, but now I see the problem- you wouldn't be able to sign a rental contract that is longer than the validation on your permit, and such a short one is impossible to find. What about a flatshare?
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I was just going to say that what your teacher said is so wrong that she probably meant something else. And in fact, THIS is what she was talking about. You won't find a regular rental apartment with a permit that expires in 4 months. You'll have to renew your permit or find a flat share or temporary apartment.
Indeed! This is exactly it!

What do you intend to do afterwards and have you a plan to try and re-new?

Most "landlords" do not like the idea of a short unsecured rental... even if they have a deposit they don't like the idea that they need to have the hassle of looking around again in a "month" or so... there are of course exceptions...

P.s not a permit issue, many would bite your arm off for a B... Via Le B!!! lol
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

Ohh, so that's what it was..

Well, I'm not willing to share a room with someone else....

Irrelevant to this thread but if anyone can help me,

How long does it take to renew the permit?

I feel I'm blocked off here because if I go try to renew my permit, I assume they would ask for the address, but I'm leaving my school so I can't use the address of the school. But then I can't get an apartment because my permit is not valid long enough... And I can't get the permit without an address....

What should I do??????
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Old 08.06.2011, 08:27
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

You are leaving school, are you going to university or do you have a job?
It would be easiest (And probably better advice) if you go to the Commune where you live and ask them what you can do. You certainly are not the first person in this situation.

With flat sharing you always have your own room, you only share the other rooms (Shower, kitchen, living) and so keep the costs lower.
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

What country are you from? What is the basis for your permit renewal? Do you have a job? Can you support yourself?

If you have a reason and are able to renew your permit you can use the address of a hotel, hostel, etc. The big issue is whether you are even allowed to renew your permit.
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Re: Renting an apartment with B permit

1. When I was a student - Rental duration was restricted to the validation of the permit.
2. While employed - I signed the rental agreement that was beyond the validity of my B permit. However, I had also submitted the employment letter, salary certificates etc, so that must have helped.
3. Two years back, I had to be away on vacation at the exact time of renewal of B permit. When I approached OCP for an earlier renewal, I was promptly rejected! (inspite of the support letter from the employer)
Provided you have all the right documents to renew the permit, it takes about 10-15 days to get the renewed B permit

Just as a thought - why dont you try for a sub-let option. Once you get the B permit, you can always update the address....

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Ohh, so that's what it was..

Well, I'm not willing to share a room with someone else....

Irrelevant to this thread but if anyone can help me,

How long does it take to renew the permit?

I feel I'm blocked off here because if I go try to renew my permit, I assume they would ask for the address, but I'm leaving my school so I can't use the address of the school. But then I can't get an apartment because my permit is not valid long enough... And I can't get the permit without an address....

What should I do??????
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