Finding your new home in Switzerland Getting property rental right

Switzerland's rental market explained - how to apply, how to avoid pitfalls and understanding the lease contract.

What you need to know

If you're looking for a new apartment in Switzerland, securing one can be challenging and complex. Cities like Geneva, Zurich and Basel have very low availability of rental property, so competition for quality rented accommodation is intense. There are also priorities to juggle when searching for your ideal home, including your preferred location and budget.

Using a specialized relocation services provider, like Packimpex, is recommended if you have little time to invest in the scanning the market or application process, and wish to maximize both time efficiency and chances of a successful housing application. Packimpex can find properties for you, arrange viewings, and review leases and assist with entry inspections.

Where to find help

Which part of town is right for you? How can you get ahead of the competition and successfully secure a rental property? Packimpex offers the Hello Switzerland community special home search support, so you can secure the property you really want. From property research, to lease reviews - Packimpex supports you throughout the process with local expertise.


Let the experts handle it for you

Carole Javet and her team of relocation consultants at Packimpex will secure the home you want anywhere in Switzerland. You can also count on them for support with essential settling in services.


How to apply for a property

The math of budgeting

There are many dynamics to consider when searching for properties to lease. Agencies will only consider applicants whose monthly gross salary equates to a minimum of 4 times the monthly rent. If there are two earners in the family, their salaries will be combined and then considered. For ethical reasons, very high earners will not necessarily be given leases for properties with a moderate rent.

Necessary documents

Prepare your application documents:

  • Passport copies (all adults)
  • Statement of absence of debt from your local cantonal authority (only for people who have been living in Switzerland for more than 6 months)
  • Copy of employment contract or confirmation of salary
  • Copies of work and residence permit

Start the search through local agency websites or online portals, or for more convenience hire Packimpex for property search.

Visit the properties either through a scheduled visit or upon appointment with the agency/landlord. Make sure you dress business casual for viewings for a positive first impression! If you are interested, complete the lease request form.

Insider Tip: Only apply to one apartment per agency!

Follow up to ensure that your form has been received and is being processed.

Before signing the lease, carefully review the lease terms and ensure you are clear with regards to cancellation terms and contractual obligations. If you don't speak the local language, Packimpex can negotiate lease terms for you.


Author: packimpexltd.

Established in Switzerland in 1977, Packimpex is Switzerland's relocation market leader and the most awarded international moving company. Packimpex is a highly trusted name in the housing market and has great connections to local real estate agencies and landlords. In the last 10 years alone, Packimpex has helped over 20,000 customers find homes in Switzerland.

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