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Old 02.12.2019, 22:29
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Re: Downside to renting an old house with oil heat? Possible to check cost with Gemei

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The Gemeinde would be able to give you an idea of the costs associated with garbage, water and sewage.

As far as regular maintenance is concerned, it could well end up as the tenant's responsibility if under the limit for "Kleinunterhalt" (generally around CHF 250), however anything serious such as a major breakdown associated with costly repairs or the replacement of the heating would definitely be at the landlord's expense. Also, if legislation made the unit illegal, it would be the landlord's responsibility to replace it.
Interesting regarding the Kleinunterhalt.

I'm not too worried about budgeting exactly for the costs, as long as it isn't exorbitant. I just had never seen an oil tank like that and wondered what I could be getting myself into. As long as nobody is saying "don't ever rent a house with one of these!" I am probably going to be fine. The house seemed well insulated, the heater itself looked modern, and the price that the landlord mentioned sounded fine to me, even if it was a lowball or an accurate figure from a tenant who was very sparing in their use of the heat.
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