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Tenancy refused for being foreign

My Swiss girlfriend and myself were trying to rent a house in Switzerland, but were told by the landlord that he couldn't accept us as tenants as I wasn't Swiss (I have a Dutch passport).

Is this legal?

We submitted all forms including employment contracts, Poursuites extract, proof of identity and even bank statements.
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Re: Tenancy refused for being foreign

Landlords can accept or refuse whoever they want in their flats. It’s certainly not fair, but perfectly legal. Considering the number of applicants they get for each place (sometimes close to 100), they can afford to be choosy.
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My Swiss girlfriend and myself were trying to rent a house in Switzerland, but were told by the landlord that he couldn't accept us as tenants as I wasn't Swiss (I have a Dutch passport).

Is this legal?

We submitted all forms including employment contracts, Poursuites extract, proof of identity and even bank statements.
Probably you dodged a bullet there. Imagine what kind of landlord he'd be like if you lived there...
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Probably you dodged a bullet there. Imagine what kind of landlord he'd be like if you lived there...
You're right, I suppose. Shame, we really liked the place.
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Re: Tenancy refused for being foreign

Next time ask your swiss girlfriend to apply, i think she has bigger chance to win it and negotiate.
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Old 13.03.2018, 19:52
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My Swiss girlfriend and myself were trying to rent a house in Switzerland, but were told by the landlord that he couldn't accept us as tenants as I wasn't Swiss (I have a Dutch passport).
Don't take it personally. Maybe he had a few bad experiences renting to foreigners in the past.

Maybe they didn't pay the rent on time or fled the country without paying or they left the place in a state.

It's much easier for him to get his money back from a local.
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Re: Tenancy refused for being foreign

Here is a similar case - but the other way around, the landlord advertised he wanted no Swiss (even though later in the story he said it differently)

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/ostschwe...hnung-13457417

Like sandgrounder said, the OP probably dodged a bullet - maybe the prospective landlord is not the best person to rent from.

In the 20min article it mentions that the Mieterverband (Asloca) collects and publishes info on landlords who discriminate in this way - it's maybe worth the OP sending a short mail to his local branch.

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Don't take it personally. Maybe he had a few bad experiences renting to foreigners in the past.

Maybe they didn't pay the rent on time or fled the country without paying or they left the place in a state.

It's much easier for him to get his money back from a local.
I'd claim the opposite.
1. Locals know the collection procedures much better and can be much more of a pain during a Betreibung than any foreigner... I could go an dig it out, but there was an article in the tabloids that landlords seem to actually prefer EU foreigners over locals as they are generally speaking more likely to pay (everyone who comes here has a job) and more tolerant/less complaining and demanding lease reductions for every small issue...


2. It's pretty impossible to run away from CH without paying something. Might have been the case some decades ago, but there are no places to hide within the EU (where the OP is from...).
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Old 13.03.2018, 20:34
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I'd claim the opposite.
1. Locals know the collection procedures much better and can be much more of a pain during a Betreibung than any foreigner... I could go an dig it out, but there was an article in the tabloids that landlords seem to actually prefer EU foreigners over locals as they are generally speaking more likely to pay (everyone who comes here has a job) and more tolerant/less complaining and demanding lease reductions for every small issue...


2. It's pretty impossible to run away from CH without paying something. Might have been the case some decades ago, but there are no places to hide within the EU (where the OP is from...).
That would be a rational landlord. They're not all rational.

But yes, it may just be that the landlord doesn't like foreigners.

There's another one here
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Re: Tenancy refused for being foreign

Is it legal? No, the Swiss Constitution says:
2 No person may be discriminated against, in particular on grounds of origin, race, gender, age, language, social position, way of life, religious, ideological, or political convictions, or because of a physical, mental or psychological disability.
However copying the constitution into housing law seems another matter. Assuming you have the right residency permits as well as your passport etc you could try waving the constitution at the landlord but from the sounds of things you might be better of waving goodbye to him, hopefully he's just losing two good tenants.
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Landlords can accept or refuse whoever they want in their flats. It’s certainly not fair, but perfectly legal. Considering the number of applicants they get for each place (sometimes close to 100), they can afford to be choosy.
He should get a sign like this.


But I'm not entirely convinced it's legal, even in Schwiez.
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He should get a sign like this.
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Does the house have a stairway?

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Does the house have a stairway?

I hope so, because you'd need somewhere to go...when the levee breaks.
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Re: Tenancy refused for being foreign

OP now knows nothing else wrong with application. My guess if it was against the law, the landlord would not say that reason.
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Is it legal? No, the Swiss Constitution says
Citizenship =/= origin
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