In Switzerland, housing owners delegate the management of their buildings to property-management firms. In most cases, it is with these management firms that you will deal. Prepare several files in advance so you can respond quickly when you find a home that suits you.
Look after the presentation of your files, make sure they are complete and legible.
Warning: If you do not live in Switzerland yet or if you have arrived recently, it is highly likely that the authorities will require a guarantor who is resident in Switzerland to co-sign your lease agreement. This guarantor will have to provide copies of his/her residence permit, identity papers, pay slips and a certificate of non-prosecution for unpaid debts.
Beware of scams and fraudulent ads. If in doubt, contact the Welcome Center immediately.