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Leaving CH and renting out property

Not sure if this should go in Permits/visas/government or be here in housing, since it's related to both...

Anyhow, here's the scenario;

Aussie with a C Permit, wife has B permit (also Aussie).
Buy a house in CH, let's say Kanton Schaffhausen.
After a few years the family decides to return to Australia, but doesn't want to sell the house, so it'll be rented out.
Maybe in 5-10 years the family will return to CH.

We know that when you leave CH you lose your residency permit.

So how does it work, that you have an income in CH (from the rental) and outgoings (mortgage, interest, etc) but you have no residency status? You would still have to make a Tax Return, but...you have no residency. This doesn't make sense.

Say in 5-10 years time you want to come back to CH, you are starting from scratch i.e. need to find an employer to sponsor you & get you a B permit. No guarantee that you will find either.

So it could be that you own a property here, but have no right to live in it?

Have I missed something? How does it work if you own property here but are no longer resident / have no permit and you decide to come back? To retire, to work, whatever the case.

I'm yet to find an explanation of this example. Closest was a UK citizen, but that's different because of EU vs. Dritte Lände (Third World) citizenships...
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Old 11.03.2012, 13:15
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

As a C permit holder, you can ask for "leave" from your gemeinde.

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Aussie son leaving home ( with a C permit ) - tips needed

Leaving Ch: how to declare it?
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

Thanks, saw those already.

The difference here being that you can get a leave of absence for 2 years, with the "possibility" of another 2, to a maximum of 4, like Aussie Kev's young bloke.

I'm talking about an absence of 5-10 years. So you would definetly lose your permit.

The question is, how does this affect your rights and future as a property owner in Switzerland?
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

I am no expert but from my understanding, you can not rent out the property with your visa status. I am in a similar situation, my wife is swiss but half the mortgage is in my name so we cant rent out the house if we wanted to. Once again I am no expert in this matter....
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

You can rent out your property if you have a C permit, but not with a B permit.

Which brings on my question; you have a C permit, rent out your house, then leave the country, which cancels your permit, what happens next?

Lets assume (dangerous, i know!) as a non-resident foreigner, but property owner, can rent out your property, i'm sure lots of people already do.

But what about if you want to live in that property some time down the track, you've got no permit...!?!?
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

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You can rent out your property if you have a C permit, but not with a B permit.

Which brings on my question; you have a C permit, rent out your house, then leave the country, which cancels your permit, what happens next?

Lets assume (dangerous, i know!) as a non-resident foreigner, but property owner, can rent out your property, i'm sure lots of people already do.

But what about if you want to live in that property some time down the track, you've got no permit...!?!?
Do you own this property outright?

Owning a property does not give you any rights of residence.
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Re: Leaving CH and renting out property

Hi everyone,
I wanted to reopen this thread as i have a similar question: what happens to our house when we leave Switzerland (to go back to Australia)? I am a C permit and my registered partner is a Swiss citizen (and we are both Australians). The house is in both names.

Q1: Does the house become a secondary property or it retains its limitation of being only a primary one? How does it affect renting?

Q2: Can the house be rented using short term rental platforms (booking.com or airbnb.com) and declare the earnings?

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