Renting property in French-speaking Switzerland

Renting accommodation can be a source of apprehension for expatriates: how to go about it, which documents to take, what to be particularly aware of etc. This will hopefully help answer those points with regard to renting property in French-speaking Switzerland.

Renting accommodation can be a source of apprehension for expatriates: how to go about it, which documents to take, what to be particularly aware of etc. This will hopefully help answer those points with regard to renting property in French-speaking Switzerland. In general, estate agencies and landlords group their accommodation on websites such aswww.immostreet.ch or www.homegate.ch or on the agency’s own website.The main problems are that the websites and notification emails are often in French and the estate agents will not necessarily be able to speak English. Furthermore, if there is a lot of demand for one place, agencies will select the most complete file and occasionally give priority to those sent by relocation agencies.These are problems that all nationalities are likely to encounter, not just British expats.In order to rent a property in Switzerland, you will need to present the following documents at some point:
  • Work Permit (generally issued through the employer)
  • Photocopy of passport (including spouse’s and children’s)
  • Photocopy of Work Certificate (mentioning salary details)
Note: the monthly salary is then divided by four (approximately) in order to ensure that the tenant’s income will be sufficient to cover the cost of the rent.Overall, British people have a good reputation in Switzerland and the main problems when finding accommodation are caused by the language barrier.It is also important on entering the property that everything is checked thoroughly, because estate agents can be very picky and precise about the state of the property when it comes to leaving. The conditions of the lease tend to vary a lot from case to case.Source: Geneva Relocation

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