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BnB in switzerland

Dear all,

What is the law in Switzerland (Bern) regarding renting out room at BnB?
I have a 3.5 apartment rented through an agency and I would like to rent out a spare room.

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Re: BnB in switzerland

Obligationenrecht Art. 253-304.
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Re: BnB in switzerland

English version.

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Re: BnB in switzerland

And here with the relevant section linked.

But it doesn't really address the OP's question. Yes, it's the law, as was requested, but I suspect he was hoping for a little more practical advice.
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Re: BnB in switzerland

Thanks guys!

Yes I am looking for some practical info such as is it legal to sublet a room as Airbnb with respect to the agency for example? DO I need their permission? Do I have to register/inform local authority? Pay taxes?
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Re: BnB in switzerland

You have to inform and ask permission from your landlord- and most will refuse AirBnB. Furthermore, it will invalidate your insurance- and if they trash the place you will be in big trouble.

If you rent a room on AirbNb without permission from landlord + telling him exactly how much you are charging, how often, etc- then you can lose your apartment at very short notice. This normally happens if the caretaker of other tenants realise that is happening and denounce you. In Geneva, the town is having a real crackdown on this- as each room rented on BnB has 2 effects- one it has a negative effect on local Hôtel and official BnBs that pay tax and employ people, etc. and 2, it effectively takes off the local rental market an significant and increasing % of accommodation required for local people and employees.
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Re: BnB in switzerland

Thanks Odile.

Clear enough, perhaps not a good idea at the end...
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Re: BnB in switzerland

Just be careful and estimate all the risks.

'C’est sans surprise dans les régions urbaines et touristiques que sa présence est la plus marquée. Zurich arrive en tête des cantons qui recensent le plus de logements (2805), suivi du Valais (2644), de Genève (2149) puis de Vaud (2001). La concurrence pour l’hôtellerie classique est forte. Si en Valais, Airbnb représente une part de marché de 42%, celle-ci s’élève à 22% à Genève et 25% dans le canton de Vaud. Pour Genève, cette part s’élevait à 17% l’an dernier.'

Not sure if you speak French- but basically the above indicates why the Swiss authorities, both at national, and local level, are concerned- at a time when Swiss tourism, due to high CHF value, and falling values in Europe for E and £, etc, is going through difficult times. Zurich has the highest %, then Valais/Wallis 42% is taken up by AirbNb- that is huge! 22% in Geneva, 25& in Vaud/Lausanne area, and 17% for Geneva.

But you can ask your landlord, and see what happens- and make sure you are properly insured- Can't remember figures, but AirBnB does carry insure up to a certain value- some other similar exchange groups do not.

Even AirbNb insurance is limited:

Airbnb’s Host Protection Insurance does not cover the personal property of the host. That includes furniture, electronics and other belongings. It is plainly stated on Airbnb’s website, but a host who doesn’t pay attention to the details of the home-share service’s policy might wrongly assume otherwise.

For example, if a guest were to damage a couch or steal a watch belonging to the host, Airbnb would not be responsible.

Airbnb is not responsible for any issues with a listed property that might cause damages to a guest or the guest’s property. For example, if an apartment has bed bugs or mold that cause harm to the guest or their property, that is not Airbnb’s problem. The home-share service’s insurance policy will not cover a claim in that circumstance.

Slander and defamation are also excluded from Host Protection Insurance coverage. Both can be grounds for a lawsuit and if a guest sues a host for either one, the host will not be able to file a claim through Airbnb.

Harm caused by intentional criminal acts are obviously excluded, too. Essentially all insurance policies have this exclusion, including private homeowners and renters insurance.
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