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Old 02.04.2017, 23:26
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Re: Regulations on house rental (Permit B v.s. C)

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For example, one colleague told me never to buy a house here because as permit B holders, you have to sell your house 6 months after you leave Switzerland.
This is completely wrong, there's no law that forces you to do that. BewG/BewV regulates just buying of the property.

However it's not really necessarily a wise decision to keep the house if you leave Switzerland. Managing the property from far abroad is a challenge, you'd need to hire and pay some local guy or agency to run it. AFAIK this is even a legal requirement: authorities and utilities need a local contact for questions regarding to property. And then you'd need to file and pay swiss taxes every year and potentially deal with double taxation issues with your new country.

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The mortgage broker told me spouses always co-own the house, it doesn't matter who actually buy the house.
Not really. You're free to choose when marrying whether you want to have a separation of wealth (Gütertrennung) or shared wealth (Gütergemeinschaft). With separate wealth, you can have the house all to yourself - but it's not a guarantee that your spouse won't get a bite of it during divorce, especially if she's earning less than you and has kids custody.
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