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Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

Hi there - we are renting a lovely house - but we have also been doing some research on other similar houses in our area and the average rent is about 800CHF per month less than ours which means that our house is overpriced in terms of rent.. is there anything we can do as tenants to renegotiate our rent to market rates? How does it work in CH?

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Old 26.06.2013, 21:35
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

You can try - but maybe you should have worked that out before you accepted the terms?
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

As Odile says, you can try.
But I think it's only allowed within a month or so of the beginning of your contract.
Ask your local residents association (ASLOCA).
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

You are right... we never researched the other houses because we thought it was at the right price but now we see it isn't..
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

also as there are so few houses available in our area we had nothing to compare it to but now we see after living here a while and new houses come up that we are overpaying.. mmmm - I would have thought tenants would be protected from lessors overcharging for rent.. will contact the Mietverband. just wanted to see if anyone else had this experience, thanks for your responses.
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

From what I've read, in some cantons you can actually dispute your rent rate if it is too high. Then you've got a 2 year period after the dispute in which you couldn't be kicked out, even for Eigenbedarf.
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

If you are paying that amount then ats the market price particularly if others were looking to rent at same time. So what if others are lower there could be a good reason for the lower rents of others.

The market rate is what someone has agreed to pay in this case you agreed so thats he appropriate market rate
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

Jakkals, I don't know how long you've been renting your house, but you may be eligible for a reduction in your rent -- possibly quite a substantial reduction -- if your rental contract is based on the prevailing reference interest rate (Hypothekarischer Referenzzinssatz bei Mietverhältnissen). This rate has reduced quite substantially over the past four years or so, with each reduction usually triggering a reduction in rent payments (even for existing contracts) -- but only if you request the reduction. More info here and you can track the reference interest rate here.

The rate was last reduced with effect from 2 June 2012, so if you commenced your contract before then you may be eligible for a rent reduction.

From your posts, you sound reasonably knowledgeable about the rental market and processes, so if you have already taken advantage of this opportunity (or know that you can't), then apologies ...
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Re: Can you renegotiate rent if rent too high compared to market for area?

Thank you for all your responses - we will contact the mietverband as we are members and will keep you posted on what they say.

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