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Old 08.06.2011, 23:51
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Renting a flat with a B permit

I'm wondering where I can get an authoritative answer for this. I'm on an EU B permit and always thought it was possible to rent out property you own.

However, I heard from a couple of sources and they said I needed a C permit. I also spoke to the Grundbuchamt who told me I wasn't allowed to buy or rent out property, then said no I was OK to do both.

Can someone point me to an authoritative law (maybe generally on what you can or can't do with B/C permit) on this?

Also, anyone here had experience of applying for a C permit early. Since I already need to get it replaced for the change in canton, I wonder if I can jump to a C permit after only 2.5 years.
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Re: Renting a flat with a B permit

I am also interested.

I heard also the bank who gives you the mortgage has a say on this.
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Re: Renting a flat with a B permit

Simple:

Your permit type does not matter. Since 2002 can EU foreigners who live in Switzerland buy and rent out places just as Swiss people.

The law is called Lex Friedrich or more formal "Bundesgesetz über den Erwerb von Grundstücken in der Schweiz durch Personen im Ausland". The revision of 2002 is important for you.
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Re: Renting a flat with a B permit

Also this should help:

Acquisition of real estate by persons abroad - Guidelines (pdf file)

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Re: Renting a flat with a B permit

No idea what you nationality is, but the soonest you'll get a C permit is 5 years. That's for Americans and Canadians. You can also do it in 5 if you demonstrate integration - language skills and such.

Otherwise, it's 10 years. To the rest of your question, I can't say anything, sorry!
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No idea what you nationality is, but the soonest you'll get a C permit is 5 years. That's for Americans and Canadians. You can also do it in 5 if you demonstrate integration - language skills and such.

Otherwise, it's 10 years. To the rest of your question, I can't say anything, sorry!
EU15 (like the OP) also get C permit automatically in 5 years, but don't really need it. An EU B permit is basically exactly the same as a C permit.
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EU15 (like the OP) also get C permit automatically in 5 years, but don't really need it. An EU B permit is basically exactly the same as a C permit.
there are differences:

- can avoid paying qullensteuer (which i want to do)
- can buy firearms (which i also want to do)

i heard there might also be differences in the length of time you can leave switzerland while still retaining your permit.
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Your permit type does not matter. Since 2002 can EU foreigners who live in Switzerland buy and rent out places just as Swiss people.
cheers. there is one difference, as you highlighted, in that an EU foreigner must live in switzerland to be able to buy. so i wondered if there was a similar limitation when it comes to renting?

i found the law you quoted, but it was silent for renting so i'm not sure whether there is no law, or whether i just haven't found it yet.

cheers for this. somehow i managed to find the german version of this, but the english version is much more helpful to me!
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cheers for this. somehow i managed to find the german version of this, but the english version is much more helpful to me!
And to me too.
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