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Renting out an apartment

Does anyone know of any be home owners in Switzerland who happened to be non-EU B permit holders, but no longer live in Switzerland (for one reason or the other) and are currently renting out their former primary residences?
I live in Canton Zug and haven't seen any conclusive answers on whether non-EU nationals are or aren't allowed to rent their properties once they leave the country. Thank you.
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Re: Renting out an apartment

You need to speak to your Gemeinde in the first instance - and then to your bank if you hold a mortgage.

To give you an example:

A neighbor, non-EU on a B permit, owns a house here. The house has been on the market for almost a year, no offers. As a sale looks unlikely in this falling market, he tried to rent it out - only to be told that he is not allowed to do so, under Lex Koller a non-EU with a B permit is only allowed to own property for his own use.

Here is the Lex Koller, from canton ZG:
http://www.zg.ch/behoerden/volkswirt...iat/lex-koller

But you should only take this story as an anecdote. What happens in one canton or Gemeinde will likely be very different in another. The longer I stay here the more I see that there are no rules, there is no law - only local interpretations of rules and law.

Go directly to the folks at your Gemeinde, find out who the competent authority is in this situation. Then state your case, get a ruling. In writing.

Once you have permission to rent the property out, then speak with your bank. The mortgage conditions likely will vary if a property is owner-occupied or commercial.
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Thank you. That's very helpful.
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