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Re: Only one person named on the rental agreement

As the landlord wouldn't be living at the property - there would only be only be 2 people living there at any one time. Or does the ruling actually investigate which two people it is?

I don't know if this is an equally sketchy workaround - but we have friends that live in the city with a property which has a few spare bedrooms. Could we add one or both of our names as resident at their property, but live in the AirBnB - both for the sake of residency permits and bypassing the AirBnB named residents issue.
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1: She does not have to be on the rental agreement, you just sign a separate paper that you provide for her and that would be all to be able to have her registered at your home, however your landlord does forbid you this. So you can choose: Have problems with the authorities, have problems with your landlord or find something else without problems.

2: You can propose what you want, if he does not want it, it is end of story.
The landlord would not even know who is registered as living in the apartment.

Referring to @Axa, he has a point, so I guess it's a two bedroom flat. If it is, it's not a problem. If it isn't, then it would sort of imply the landlord and tenant are living together!! I can't answer what the occupancy rate per flat is as I've never been in that situation.

However, I've rented a 40 m2 studio to a couple with a young child and baby for 3 months. Was not a problem. Also a 2 bedroom flat to a Dutch couple with 3 children and a baby for 15 months. Baby in parent room, 1 bunk bed and 1 single. All registered at the town hall and no issues.

I would add however, you don't want problems to start off with, especially if you're relying / applying for permits. So unless everything is upfront and agreed, personally I'd look elsewhere.
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The landlord would not even know who is registered as living in the apartment.
I thought home-owner get informed when somebody registers at their address.
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Re: Only one person named on the rental agreement

Perhaps 'landlord' is the wrong word. The AirBnB host I'm referring to owns his apartment - which is in a condominium. So it sounds like there is also a building manager.
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As the landlord wouldn't be living at the property - there would only be only be 2 people living there at any one time. Or does the ruling actually investigate which two people it is?

I think you're slightly misunderstanding the problem.

Assuming it's only a 2.5-room apartment rated for occupancy of 2 people, and given that every individual has to be registered at an address, then only 2 people can be registered at that address. That has to be either the landlord and one of you, or the two of you and not the landlord. (Even if there are multiple units in the building, the authorities will know the maximum number of people rated in each unit and the number of unit in that building, and the extra person would then be over that number and potentially trigger some enquiries)

The landlord clearly wants to remain officially registered at the address, presumably for tax reasons (if he's Swiss), or for permit reasons (if he's not Swiss) - but either way to keep a formal presence there even though he actually isn't there but abroad. In other words, if he's Swiss and not there, he really ought to be registered and paying tax in the location where he is actually living. And if he's not Swiss, then he technically fails to meet the requirements for maintaining a Swiss residence permit if he's actually left Switzerland long-term. In other words, what people are suggesting is that he's illegitimately playing the system by remaining registered there, and his registration there is what stops both of you being registered there. And if both of you are registered there, he fears that will highlight to the authorities that he isn't actually there and that would force him to regularise his situation, which he clearly doesn't want to do.

As per the others - run, don't walk. There are plenty of other AirBnB options in CH to use while you settle in and sort yourselves out. Hell, people register initially at hotels until they find somewhere permanent to live. Given the move and the business set-up, you really don't need the hassle or exposure of this scenario
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A bit of background story to help OP understand what happens.

There's a a law to prevent overcrowding in flats and houses to avoid 10 people living in 60 sq m.

It's also (perhaps primarily) a way to crack down on bogus registrations in cheap cantons in order to avoid paying tax elsewhere.
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I thought home-owner get informed when somebody registers at their address.
Yes. Definitely some municipalities do this.
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