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Old 19.07.2007, 19:25
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Re: Reprise for apartment improvement costs?

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Hi there - I would've put this in the apartment/housing forum but for some reason I can't access it.

Anyway, is it normal for a current tenant to charge a new tenant a "reprise" for costs that he/she incurred doing improvements to the apartment when they lived there (such as painting, new flooring, lighting, etc)? And what would be a reasonable amount for this if it is a normal thing? I can't come across anyone who has ever heard of this or has ever paid this. This is for an apartment in Geneva.

NOPE!

Unless the previous tenant is the OWNER of the flat,but exactly this situation would then rather be reflected in a new lease,e.g the improvemnts made can make the flat a tad more expensive per month ! But it's clearly stated in the Swiss Obligationenrecht that a tenant has to hand back a flat in the state he took it over! All alterations ( paint,laminate flooring,new bathroom taps etc) to it, need the OK from the landlord/owner of that flat!

So if the walls were white upon taking it over, the leaving tenant has to repaint them white again,if he put down some laminate flooring on his own costs, he MIGHT (but only MIGHT) strike a deal with the landlord of getting the cost of material back.
BUT NEVER can a leaving tenant charge a new tenant,exception would be if you were to take over(i.e. buy) some furniture,then you might have to pay for it.But even if he doesn't want to take down the lamps for example you are not obliged to A) take them over nor b) pay for them!!!

It seems to me a case of 'let's fleece the stupid foreigner who has no clue about the dealings here' !!!!

Don't fall for it!!
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