Moving? What should you look out for ?
The housing administration should consent to your departure by registered letter
In the canton of Geneva, the cancellation of a lease for housing should in principle be done three months in advance. The administration will accept a delay of two months if you present a person who can take over the lease after you.
If apartments are scare, it is possible that your administration will consent to an arrangement over
a shorter period.
For commercial premises, leases must be cancelled for the next due date, in principle six
months in advance.
Under all circumstances, you will remain responsible for paying your rent as well as the obligations arising from your lease until the administration issues the authorization to quit.
49, route de Meyrin
1211 Genève 2
Free Number: 0800 800 1 13
In writing, 15 days in advance.
The Post Office of your area
By filling in a form at the counter, 7 days in advance.
Services industriels de Genève (SIG)
Changes of address
1219 Le Lignon
Tel. Subscribers Centre: 022 420 88 88
By telephone, 3 days in advance.
Services des automobiles et de la navigation
86, route de Veyrier
Telephone: 022 343 02 00
Presenting yourself at the counters or in writing, sending the documents to be modified (driving license with a passport photo) within the 14 days following your move.
Office cantonal de la population
88, route de Chancy
CP 2652 - 1211 Genève 2
Telephone: 022 327 41 11
Presenting yourself at the counters or in writing, sending as necessary the license or attestation to be modified within the 30 days following your move.
Service de l’arrondissement,
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 18 bis
1211 Genève 4
Telephone: 022 327 77 80
In writing, sending your livret de service. If you change canton, make sure to declare the change to both Departments in question.
Service cantonal de la Protection civile
4, chemin du Stand
Telephone: 022 727 02 04
In writing, sending your livret de service. If you change canton, make sure you declare the change to both cantonal Services in question.
If you are from Geneva or the Swiss Confederation:
Rue David-Dufour 1 (2nd floor)
If you are coming from another country:
Service des étrangers
Rue David-Dufour 3 (ground floor)
Case postale 51
1211 Genève 8
If you are moving inside the canton of Geneva, you can simply send or take in person to the Guichet universel, all the documents to be modified concerning:
- the Office cantonal de la population
- the Département militaire
- the Service de protection civile
- and the Service des automobiles et de la navigation
Registre du commerce
4, rue du Puits-St-Pierre
Case postale 1211 Genève 3
Telephone : 022 327 28 92
Companies, by letter.
‘Société anonyme’ companies, in writing, as long as there is no change of commune.
You have the right to a day off work.
Your health insurance (caisse maladie)
Your insurance company
The newspapers you subscribe to
Schools or educational bodies
Your clubs and associations
Your family and friends
Your clients and business partners
Pre-printed cards are available at post offices.