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Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

Hello All.

I've just purchased an apartment with a view to letting it out. This is not the first time I've been a landlord, but previously it was in the UK.

Can anyone point me at Federal laws governing landlord responsibilities and rights? Preferably in French or English. If letting laws are cantonal, does anyone know where I can find the appropriate laws in Valais canton? I just want to know what kind of things I'm liable for, what I MUST do and so on (And perhaps a model contract).

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Hello All.

I've just purchased an apartment with a view to letting it out. This is not the first time I've been a landlord, but previously it was in the UK.

Can anyone point me at Federal laws governing landlord responsibilities and rights? Preferably in French or English. If letting laws are cantonal, does anyone know where I can find the appropriate laws in Valais canton? I just want to know what kind of things I'm liable for, what I MUST do and so on (And perhaps a model contract).

Thanks in advance.


You can check here: https://www.hev-schweiz.ch/
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Re: Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

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Hello All.

I've just purchased an apartment with a view to letting it out. This is not the first time I've been a landlord, but previously it was in the UK.

Can anyone point me at Federal laws governing landlord responsibilities and rights? Preferably in French or English. If letting laws are cantonal, does anyone know where I can find the appropriate laws in Valais canton? I just want to know what kind of things I'm liable for, what I MUST do and so on (And perhaps a model contract).

Thanks in advance.

Hi there. I dont have any documents at hand, but there probably is an Association des Proprietaires in Valais (its the case in Geneva at least), and usually they have usuful documents for landlords.
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Re: Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

You can also learn a lot from the tenants' associations, since they document what the tenants' minimum rights are.
Here, in French, https://www.asloca.ch/vaud/ and
in German, https://www.mieterverband.ch/.

And here's another home owner's association, in addtion to the HEV linked to by roegner, above.
https://casafair.ch/
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Hi there. I dont have any documents at hand, but there probably is an Association des Proprietaires in Valais (its the case in Geneva at least), and usually they have usuful documents for landlords.
Thank you.

You've managed to help me find the Valais association. https://www.civ.ch/
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Re: Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

We joined our local HEV & found them to be most professional & informative. The rates are not cheap but their advice is expert & prompt. I strongly recommend this path for new Landlords.

That being said I'm bumping up against a technical clause that we want to get right when setting the T&C's of the contract with our prospective tenants. I hope that some of you with more experience can advise on the appropriate path(s), why & the implications of the different paths:

On the rental contract we got off HEV there are a couple of clauses on the topics of "Rent adjustment" & "Security deposits"

-For the Rental adjustment question we have selected "any given date" but would like to better understand if this is a 2 way agreement.
That is: can the tenants also request rental adjustment ? What would you do on your contracts for the rental adjustment notice period?

Would you typically select "on any given date" or one of the other 2 options & why?

Same for items marked 5, 6, 7 & 8 in the image. We are being very cautious about making the appropriate selections there as we don't fully understand the implications of those selections. You're advice would be appreciated.

We have rang the HEV office to discuss it but it seem the whole advisory team is on leave until Monday although they have been excellent & responsive other than on this particular occasion - just bad luck/timing.

We'd appreciate any advice or guidance you can provide on the legal interpretation & implications of those clauses.
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You can also learn a lot from the tenants' associations, since they document what the tenants' minimum rights are.
Here, in French, https://www.asloca.ch/vaud/ and
in German, https://www.mieterverband.ch/.

And here's another home owner's association, in addtion to the HEV linked to by roegner, above.
https://casafair.ch/
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Re: Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

Have you tried looking up the same topics on the website of a tenants' accociation?
In the French-speaking areas: ASLOCA, in the German-speaking areas: Mieterverband.

To understand a landlord's rights, you can learn about the tenant's rights. This works both ways, so that tenants, too, can sometimes find what they need to know from the tenants' associations, and sometimes from the landlords' associations.
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Re: Becoming a landlord in Switzerland

When I became a landlord, I joined ASLOCA. Learned quite a bit from them.
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