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Heating cost pay back

Hi

I stayed in an apartment between May - November. As you can imagine, I did not use any heating, may be only during november. But I paid the full additional costs ( 200 chf ) for all months.

As my exlandlord is making issues with me now, I want to know if I can request to get back the ( 200 chf/month*7months - cost of heating ).

How can I learn he cost of heating for this period?

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Old 06.12.2012, 13:22
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Re: Heating cost pay back

The charges are normally averaged out for the year and divided equally, so I don't think you are entitled to anything.
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Re: Heating cost pay back

Thank you

normally I was not even thinking about it.

I have the feeling that he tries to keep the deposit as much as possible. Why I have this feeling? Because he charged me 450CHF for the fixing the `holes` that did not exist, while we handed over the keys!

I am so disappointed about the Swiss people`s quality of trustfulness.
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Re: Heating cost pay back

You may get something back... I do every year. I get a 'decompte de chauffage' which shows how much was used and how much I paid, and I generally get about 50% of the money back. I don't have to ask for it, my gerance sends it to me every year, around October usually. All I have to do is ensure they have my bank details so they can pay me by bank transfer.
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Re: Heating cost pay back

Here's how it worked for us.

We moved in for the 1st of November and if I recall correctly, the reading was done the following July. The amount was higher than what was paid by all the tenants in their nebenkosten. So, we have the total amount for the building. Then, we have a portion of that attributed to our flat.

Within that portion for our flat, there are two responsible parties. Us and the previous tenants who were there for July through to October. The extra amount owing is not simply divided evenly by 12 though and then calculated for the months each party was there. There is a special figure for each month used. It's very fair in that we paid more for months like November than the previous tenants did for say July, since we used more heating than they did.

The same should, in theory, hold true for your situation where a refund is owed. Once they've got the final figures, they assess each person's liability based on what was paid/which months of the year.

As always, a meeting with the Mieterverband can help clarify!
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Re: Heating cost pay back

Before you start making inquiries, please make sure this is just for heating. Often heating and hot water are included in the same bill, as well as some other things such as communal heating spaces, etc..
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Re: Heating cost pay back

What did it say in your contract?
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