Private homes for busy people: Temporary and furnished apartments

Private homes for busy people: Temporary and furnished apartments

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UMS Temporary Housing, the Swiss pioneer in matters of subleasing provides tips and tricks. [Contributed by UMS Ltd]

Are you seeking a temporary home or do you want to sublet your apartment for a certain period?

As the mobility of workers continues to rise, so too does the need to be able to sublet one's primary residence during lengthy absences. Likewise, there is a growing demand for temporary apartments. The possibility of subletting the primary apartment can be a decisive factor in deciding whether or not to accept a foreign posting.

Private homes – easier to find, at less expense

Unlike with the ordinary rental market, the supply of private homes for temporary sublease usually still exceeds demand. This makes the search of a temporary apartment much easier than finding an apartment for permanent stay – eg. 75 percent of those seeking a temporary home via UMS Temporary Housing find a solution after no more than two viewings.

Furthermore, you don’t have to move or buy furniture, when renting a temporary apartment.

And – last but not least – private homes are significantly less expensive than an apartment hotel as subletters usually ask only for their actual costs to be covered – and nothing for the furnishings.

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Private homes usually offer more personal charm and are better equipped than standardised hotels or business apartments. Whether you are looking for pliers, a garlic press or a two-way adapter, the chance of finding itin  a private home is much higher than in a business apartment.

The style your subletter furnished and styled your temporary home might not be exactly yours, but you can be sure the apartment is the most beautiful one for at least one person.

Is temporary subleasing allowed?

Yes, subletting is allowed in Switzerland. It has been permitted by law since 1990 and needs to be approved by the house owner as long as the subletter only covers effective costs and does not make a profit from the sublease. This applies to practically any length of contract as long as the subletter has the intention of moving back into his apartment at a later date.

Is subletting safe?

Yes, subletting has proven to be almost always problem-free as long as you pay attention to these basic rules:

  1. It is recommended to run some checks on potential subtenants, such as internet research, employer’s reference, credit check, etc.
  2. Make sure to conclude a sublease contract and to write down the condition of the apartment and the furnishing in a transfer protocol.
  3. Hand over the house keys only after you have received the first rental payment.

Additional information on the right way to sublet as well as many helpful checklists & sample templates are offered by UMS Temporary Housing for free.

Do I need professional support to sublet my apartment?

It depends, as different people want different levels of support.

If you are an experienced subletter, you might not need any support. If you are in the role of landlord for the first time you might have a lot of questions and feel more secure if you get professional support for the questions associated with the practice of the sublease.

UMS Temporary Housing has been specialising for over 20 years in sublease and temporary rental arrangements between private parties and is happy to support you.


Contributed by UMS Ltd.

UMS Ltd. - Temporary Housing in CH

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