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Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

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Can a non-Swiss, non-citizen, or put it shortly, can one who has no any connection to CH buy a house in CH and rent it?
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Old 19.09.2012, 20:39
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

As long as you have a permit to live here yes, a lot of my colleagues, EU and non EU, bought a place
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Old 19.09.2012, 20:56
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As long as you have a permit to live here yes, a lot of my colleagues, EU and non EU, bought a place
That's as a main resident, the op wants an investment property. He has not given enough details however I suspect the answer is no.
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

No, not exactly. Unless you're planning on buying a holiday home/chalet which you might be able to then rent out to others, I think the property has to be your main residence in Switzerland so you must have a permit to live/work here and you wouldn't be allowed to rent it out. But you probably need to check with the cantonal authorities of the area where you are planning to buy as rules may vary from canton to canton.
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Old 19.09.2012, 21:03
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

Thanks for the replies. I was referring to a person who has no any residence permits in CH, but rather is interested in investing in a property in CH and rent it. I know that in Germany it is possible.
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Old 19.09.2012, 21:13
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Thanks for the replies. I was referring to a person who has no any residence permits in CH, but rather is interested in investing in a property in CH and rent it. I know that in Germany it is possible.
Switzerland & Germany have very different laws, what passport does the person have, are they EU?

The usual get around for rich people is to use a AG/SA, however there will need to be at least 1 Swiss director who can sign & control the bank accounts.
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

Non-EU. What is AG/SA?

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The usual get around for rich people is to use a AG/SA, however there will need to be at least 1 Swiss director who can sign & control the bank accounts.
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

Can this director be an L permit holder?

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The usual get around for rich people is to use a AG/SA, however there will need to be at least 1 Swiss director who can sign & control the bank accounts.
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Old 19.09.2012, 22:12
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Can this director be an L permit holder?
Not sure if any terms are attached to an L permit, it's not a permanent permit so what happens when the person leaves CH?
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

As far as I am aware you cannot buy property thru a company. It has to be in a person's name. If somebody can prove otherwise, I would like to know.

Bottom line - no permit, no house. Unless you buy in a few specially designated areas like skiing resorts.
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Old 19.09.2012, 22:41
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As far as I am aware you cannot buy property thru a company. It has to be in a person's name. If somebody can prove otherwise, I would like to know.

Bottom line - no permit, no house. Unless you buy in a few specially designated areas like skiing resorts.
Ok so most rental properties are owned by an individual or a company? Does not seem worth bothering to prove anything.

Anybody can own bearer shares of an AG \ SA , owners are not registered, just directors.........

Buying through an AG is for rich people with 10 million plus to invest so 50k annual running costs to a non resident are a drop in the ocean.
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

Here is a link that is quite clear.

https://www.henleyglobal.com/countri...d/real-estate/


Holiday homes cannot be bought thru a company.

Commercial real estate can be. But i suspect OP is talking about a single family residence which is probably not going to be classified as commercial real estate.

I suspect that what you are talking about is setting up a company to get a b permit, not to buy a house thru that company
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

If you were referring to me, then you are wrong. This is not my intention.

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Here is a link that is quite clear.

https://www.henleyglobal.com/countri...d/real-estate/


Holiday homes cannot be bought thru a company.

Commercial real estate can be. But i suspect OP is talking about a single family residence which is probably not going to be classified as commercial real estate.

I suspect that what you are talking about is setting up a company to get a b permit, not to buy a house thru that company
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If you were referring to me, then you are wrong. This is not my intention.
I was writing to fatmanfilms. But what's not your intention? I am confused now
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

OOOppps. To get a B permit through this house buying tailer made scheme.

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I was writing to fatmanfilms. But what's not your intention? I am confused now
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

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Here is a link that is quite clear.

https://www.henleyglobal.com/countri...d/real-estate/


Holiday homes cannot be bought thru a company.

Commercial real estate can be. But i suspect OP is talking about a single family residence which is probably not going to be classified as commercial real estate.

I suspect that what you are talking about is setting up a company to get a b permit, not to buy a house thru that company
I don't think we're talking about holiday homes. Setting up a company will not get you a B permit........
Some people who have B permits for tax reasons want too loose the permit & keep the property, so a company could be used . It's for high net worth people......it's the unintended result of changing tax law to be 'fair', not a way to get a permit!
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I don't think we're talking about holiday homes. Setting up a company will not get you a B permit........
Some people who have B permits for tax reasons want too loose the permit & keep the property, so a company could be used . It's for high net worth people......it's the unintended result of changing tax law to be 'fair', not a way to get a permit!
Ok. We will have to disagree. But... You CAN get a permit by setting up a company and no, you CaNNot buy residential real estate thru a company.

Commercial you can. And yes, you CAN leave the country, lose the b permit and keep the house.

Saying it is only for HNW people does not make it true
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Saying it is only for HNW people does not make it true
It's expensive to pay a lawyer to run a company to hold a residential property, it's quite often done, by non residents, you don't have to believe me either.
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Re: Non-Swiss-residence can buy a house?

It depends on the canton, some cantons eagerly seek outside investment and offer the option of letting out, check out cantons Jura and Fribourg, other cantons with limited accommodation will give you a flat NO!
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