Expat Housing Services in Switzerland

Housing in Switzerland is in scarce supply owing to the great demand, making it extremely hard to find accommodation, especially for the short term. The demand for rental property is going up because the cost of buying a house has been increasing, and in some cases there are lengthy waiting lists for renting property. Since they are extremely difficult to find, some rental locations are advertised mainly by word of mouth, but they can frequently also be found advertised in classified listings or on the notice boards available in Swiss supermarkets or libraries.


The cost of renting a one bedroom apartment in Basel, Geneva, or Zurich Switzerland might be higher, but country wide average the rate in 2010 was calculated by the government at 709 Swiss Francs. There are rent control laws governing how much rent landlords can charge. Swiss rental leases are often for an unspecified duration of time. The required notice time by law for moving out is a month, unless otherwise specified in the contract.


Some owners might ask to see proof of wages. The refundable damage deposit is often equivalent to one month's rent. Swiss apartments are usually rented completely unfurnished, and often require the installation of a kitchen sink, literally.

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