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Buying a house - maximum size restriction

We're interested in a house which has 220m2 of liveable space, 20 m2 over the allowable limit for a foreigner
However one website I've found states that it varies between 200 and 250 m2 depending on the Canton. Does anyone know what the limit would be for the Cantons of Aargau (and also Basel Land) or where to find this information? I've spent several fruitless hours Googling around and am just drawing blanks

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Your property is limited to a maximum size. Depending of the canton this is between 200m2 and 250m2

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Re: Buying a house - maximum size restriction

When your making a major purchase such as property bad advice, intentional or not could cost you dear, like the UK most notaires here will offer the 1st half hr. free, call one, check that initial consultation is free, give them the address and let them find out for you…

If they get your instruction to purchase they gain, if not you have expert advice for free !
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We're interested in a house which has 220m2 of liveable space, 20 m2 over the allowable limit for a foreigner
However one website I've found states that it varies between 200 and 250 m2 depending on the Canton. Does anyone know what the limit would be for the Cantons of Aargau (and also Basel Land) or where to find this information? I've spent several fruitless hours Googling around and am just drawing blanks



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I think that is non resident foreigners, assuming you have a B permit or better it should not be an issue.
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I think that is non resident foreigners, assuming you have a B permit or better it should not be an issue.
It was discussed in this thread, which is what initially alerted me to the restriction. I'll definitely seek legal advice before proceeding, but just want to know whether I should restrict my searches to property below 200 m2, which most are in my budget.
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It was discussed in this thread, which is what initially alerted me to the restriction. I'll definitely seek legal advice before proceeding, but just want to know whether I should restrict my searches to property below 200 m2, which most are in my budget.
Have you tried calling an estate agent?
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Re: Buying a house - maximum size restriction

I suggest making an appointment with the notary in the town where the property is. If the purchase goes ahead, they will handle all the contracts & legal work and so if they don't know the correct answer, no one does...
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Not in Baselland. It's covered by the Bezirkschreiberien, which keeps the costs down . So they'd be the best place to get advice.

I'm also reasonably sure the restrictions don't apply to all foreigners, and certainly not to EU permit holders - however, my house is less than 200m2, so the question didn't arise. This article suggests the same but I don't know how up to date it is.

Foreigners' and B-permit holders' principal residence - Swiss property laws allow foreigners to purchase a single residence property, without authorisation, as their principal residence, provided that the purchaser lives at the property and uses it personally and exclusively for themselves, their family and close relatives.
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Not in Baselland. It's covered by the Bezirkschreiberien, which keeps the costs down . So they'd be the best place to get advice.

I'm also reasonably sure the restrictions don't apply to all foreigners, and certainly not to EU permit holders - however, my house is less than 200m2, so the question didn't arise. This article suggests the same but I don't know how up to date it is.

Foreigners' and B-permit holders' principal residence - Swiss property laws allow foreigners to purchase a single residence property, without authorisation, as their principal residence, provided that the purchaser lives at the property and uses it personally and exclusively for themselves, their family and close relatives.
It's basically how rich foreigners who want to buy expensive real estate get round 'the problem'. They do a tax deal & end up with a B permit, they don't actually live there but the commune gets 100k tax so are happy with the 'arrangement'
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