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Obligation to inform the Landlord

Hello,

I am wondering if there is any sanction if one doesn't inform the landlord in case changes in the number of tenants...

Our contract is indicating the following "Verwendung zu Wohnzwecken- Für eine Person" and what I understand from this statement is that the flat should be used by the person.

In that case, are there any sanctions if one doesn't inform the tenant? What can the landlord do in such a case?

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Old 15.03.2011, 21:01
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Re: Obligation to inform the Landlord

AFAIK, unless the person who is moving in with you has another place elsewhere, they will need to register in your gemeinde with the rental contract bearing their name. Best to inform the landlord to amend the contract and add their name in.

Also, the last thing you want are neighbours complaining and they realised that there is someone else living in your apartment - just like having a pet without the landlord's permission - he will have every right to evict you if he chooses to. Its also pretty easy to find out, if the landlord drops by and sees a sticker of the name of the new person on the letterbox
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Old 15.03.2011, 21:25
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Re: Obligation to inform the Landlord

You break the contract, you loose the apartment, OK?

Tell the landlord if you have a second person, he has to adjust the extra costs for water usage etc.

All the tenants should pay the same costs!
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Old 15.03.2011, 21:44
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AFAIK, unless the person who is moving in with you has another place elsewhere, they will need to register in your gemeinde with the rental contract bearing their name.
Not true.

My girlfriend has been registered with the commune as living here for over two years, but only my name is on the contract.

Also, my children are both of legal age (or rather, the younger will be at the end of the month), and they aren't on the contract either.

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Not true.

My girlfriend has been registered with the commune as living here for over two years, but only my name is on the contract.

Also, my children are both of legal age (or rather, the younger will be at the end of the month), and they aren't on the contract either.

Tom
Thanks Tom.

We wanted to rent a 2.5 zimmer here previously but were told by the agency that the apartment was only for one. Thinking that they wanted to pull a fast one on us so that we'll take the 3.5 zimmer, I went to the gemeinde to ask personally and they confirmed that both our names had to be on the contract. Gaaah...I am confused.
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Re: Obligation to inform the Landlord

Thanks for the responses.

I have been living here for nearly two years with my bofriend who has the rent contract under his name... As I moved here, the gemeinde didn't ask me for a conract but my boyfriend just filled a document that we are living together... and today I was asked by the Migrationsamt a confirmation from my landlord that I am living in the given address... Even though I was registered at the gemeinde since I moved in, I didn't know that I was supposed to inform the landlord.

Now, I have to get this confirmation from the landlord but I am concerned about the actions the landlord might take...

What would you do? How would you approach the landlord? I don't to be kicked out off my flat but I also need this confirmation from them...
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Old 15.03.2011, 22:09
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Thanks Tom.

We wanted to rent a 2.5 zimmer here previously but were told by the agency that the apartment was only for one. Thinking that they wanted to pull a fast one on us so that we'll take the 3.5 zimmer, I went to the gemeinde to ask personally and they confirmed that both our names had to be on the contract. Gaaah...I am confused.
Well, in my case, I'd been here for 18+ years when she moved in, and we are both Swiss, so perhaps that changes things. I did have to give the commune a letter stating that she is living with me, but that was it.

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Well, in my case, I'd been here for 18+ years when she moved in, and we are both Swiss, so perhaps that changes things. I did have to give the commune a letter stating that she is living with me, but that was it.

Tom
That's all we had to do at first too (and neither one of us is Swiss.) I was only moving within the same canton though, think that makes a difference. The new gemeinde here in Glarus definitely wanted a rental contract. Not sure whether both our names had to be on it, or whether it just had to be listed in the contract as suitable for 2 people (Verwendung etc. as above).

2.5-zimmer should be OK for a couple though, no? I mean, if one person can live in a 1-zimmer/studio....
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Re: Obligation to inform the Landlord

Check the contract - it might well have a clause stating the maximum number of people. If it says 1 - then the only thing you can do is talk to the owner, come clean and ask for the confirmation.

Looking at it from the owner's point of view- sadly many people do take apartments then sneak in extra people (who pay the rentor direct in cash), family, pets, etc. This of course causes more wear and tear, etc.
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