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SMALL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE WORKS on rental property

Hi all,

I am moving to Basel later in the week and have found a place to rent, I have received the contract and it states the following: I have rented in the UK for 10 years and I have never had to cover any of these repairs if they needed to be fixed, is this standard in Switzerland? as I am not very happy at the prospect of covering all of these things in a 6 month property rental.

any advice greatly appreciated....


The maintenance of electrical switches and plugs, the doorbell, the intercom, telephone, radio and TV connections, the door locks and latches, gas and water taps, replacement of drawstrings on roller blindsand net curtains, seals on sanitary taps,shower heads and hoses, glass panes and mirrors, bulbs, fluorescent lamps and fuses, fat filtersin kitchen ventilators; and the unclogging of drainpipes up to the mains.



Maintenanceof fittings, taps and equipment in the kitchenand bathroom (replacement of baking trays, fridge equipment, toilet seat, drain coversfor the washbasin and bathtub)



For machines and equipment which require regular serv1cmg, such as boilers, tankless water heaters,dishwashers, extractor devices etc. the costs of the periodic service and cleaning jobswill be charged to the lessee.


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Welcome to the Forum!

My advice for you is to forget ALL your past experiences and realise you are in a new country with new laws and a new culture.

Embrace this concept and you will be happy here, avoid settling in and you will forever be on EF moaning about rude underpaid workers and overpriced sofas.
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It just means if you break/abuse any of those things - you have to pay for their repair.

The last sentence doesn`t seem correct, though. The servicing of the fixed machines in the apartment - dishwasher/boiler etc - that is part of the landlords business. I may be wrong. Others will correct me here.

I remember, when living in a rental apartment, that appointments were made by the landlord for those appliances to be serviced - and not charged to us.
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It just means if you break/abuse any of those things - you have to pay for their repair.

The last sentence doesn`t seem correct, though. The servicing of the fixed machines in the apartment - dishwasher/boiler etc - that is part of the landlords business. I may be wrong. Others will correct me here.

I remember, when living in a rental apartment, that appointments were made by the landlord for those appliances to be serviced - and not charged to us.
Agreed and we have a whole thread on this somewhere.

The landlords put in the contracts that all the kitchen equipment has to be inspected by a qualified company when you hand over the apartment. This is actually illegal!

BUT if items fail, then the tenant has to pay for the repair, unless the cost is above SFR 150,-- (This figure depends on the sum set locally ) in which case the landlord is liable for all the repair cost.

When you take over the apartment take someone with you! If you have nobody, then join the Mieterverband and take someone with you! Ask to see the bills from previous maintenance of the boilers etc. and note the amount paid and the dates. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING UNTIL YOU ARE AGREED! Strike through the maintenance agreements! The Swiss laws will protect both of you, signing the contract will lower your legal rights.
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The landlords put in the contracts that all the kitchen equipment has to be inspected by a qualified company when you hand over the apartment. This is actually illegal!
Having handed in notice on my place, my landlord has sent me a checklist of what needs cleaning etc. The checklist seems to originate from an outfit called Swiss Cleaning and the "umzugsratgeber.ch team". One of the things the checklist suggests I'm required to do is get the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier serviced. Are you saying I don't have to do this? (Despite my years here, I've not seen this before either). I was about to call him to find out exactly what needs doing but would like to be forearmed
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look on www.beobachter.ch

I don't have time now, it is in Swiss law as Obligation Recht
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Cheers for that - made my day :-) The article is here:

http://www.beobachter.ch/wohnen/umzu...machen-lassen/
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