Many Swiss 'would sleep their way to a new flat'
Published: 03 Aug 2012 09:32 GMT+02:00
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Online news site 20 Minuten has carried out a survey on just over 2,300 people into the difficulties faced by those looking for a new place to live.
Most people living in Switzerland are familiar with the pain of trying to find a new apartment. Surprisingly however, the results of the survey proved to more positive than many would expect, with over half the respondents reporting that they had found a new home within a month, and many within two weeks.
Amazingly, while lines round the block of would-be tenants waiting to see available spaces are a common sight across Switzerland, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they had landed their apartments within five viewings.
This number increased to 80 percent in the countryside, where competition is less fierce.
Less than 20 percent said that they had had to see between six and ten homes before securing one, seven percent had seen between 11 and 15, four percent had seen between 16 and 20 and five percent had seen more than 20.
Perhaps due to the brutal competition in Zurich, one in every two offers accepted after the first viewing are taken by those searching, without checking out any other properties.
Some 36 percent of male respondents said that they would be willing to secure or consider securing an apartment with an immoral offer, such as a one-night stand. In contrast, only one in every 14 women said they would entertain such a proposition.