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Leaving Switzerland - can we rent our house out?

It's possible that we relocate from Switzerland in the near future. We are English, have been here 8 years, own our house and have C permits. (When we bought our house 4 years ago we had B permit).

Does anyone know if you are allowed to retain ownership of your house and rent it out if you actually now live, say, in UK? Also from whom should we seek advice in the first instance (apart from you fine folks) - the Gemeinde, the Notar or a legal bod?
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It's possible that we relocate from Switzerland in the near future. We are English, have been here 8 years, own our house and have C permits. (When we bought our house 4 years ago we had B permit).

Does anyone know if you are allowed to retain ownership of your house and rent it out if you actually now live, say, in UK? Also from whom should we seek advice in the first instance (apart from you fine folks) - the Gemeinde, the Notar or a legal bod?
You don't have to be resident in Switzerland to own property in Switzerland. You can retain ownership and you can rent it out. The permit you had when you bought it, have now or will no longer have when you've gone away, is irrelevant.

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Re: Leaving Switzerland - can we rent our house out?

I believe I am right in saying that if you own property in Switzerland and do not live in the country permanently, you can rent your property out as a holiday home for short periods.
You are not allowed to rent it out to anyone on a permanent basis - I shall try and find a link later for this.
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I believe I am right in saying that if you own property in Switzerland and do not live in the country permanently, you can rent your property out as a holiday home for short periods.
You are not allowed to rent it out to anyone on a permanent basis - I shall try and find a link later for this.
That's odd, as we have several lots of owners of flats in our building who are retired (they previously lived and/or worked in Switzerland) and reside permanently in Germany. All of their flats are rented out on a permanent basis, there are no short term leases or holiday home situations (it is an ordinary block of flats).
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