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New contract. Higher rent

Hi.
We are about ti sign a new contract for a new flat. In the pile of papers there is a "Mitteilung des Anfangsmietzienses anlässlich des Abschlusses eines neuen Mietvertrag."

It kind of says that the former rent was 1700 (from 01.12.2018) and the new one is 2300...

Are they allowed to raise the rent this much in one go?

The motivation is that "familienpreis (reduktion) wird aufgehoben"
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They can charge what they want if it's a new contract. Willing buyer / willing seller! You could try and negotiate but maybe he justifies it by a renovation, new utilities etc.
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They can charge what they want if it's a new contract.
Yes, and a renter can sign the contract and than dispute the price if the rent is to high after which it has to be lowered to a reasonable rent.
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Re: New contract. Higher rent

Before you sign, join the renter's association. They can provide you with a lot of very good advice (tm)!

Anyone in this country not belonging to the renter's association is insane.
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Yes, and a renter can sign the contract and than dispute the price if the rent is to high after which it has to be lowered to a reasonable rent.
But only within 30 days after handover.
Art. 270 Code of Obligations
https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...ndex.html#a270

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The motivation is that "familienpreis (reduktion) wird aufgehoben"
"Famillienpreis" can mean two things:
1. A special price for young families. Might even have been a subsidized apartment and the minimum period of 25 years has run out.
2. A special price for a family member of the owner.
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"Famillienpreis" can mean two things:
1. A special price for young families. Might even have been a subsidized apartment and the minimum period of 25 years has run out.
2. A special price for a family member of the owner.
With a formalised arrangement that would probably mean there's a "Mietzinsvorbehalt von Fr. xyz" mentioned in the old contract. The effective rent would be normal rent less monthly Mietzinsvorbehalt. Removal of a Mietzinsvorbehalt probably can't be contested, unless it's something mandated by a 3rd party, in which case there's probably an entry in the land registry.

If such an arrangement can't be proven none existed, which probably makes raising the rent (by that much) unlawful and contesting likely to succeed.

Anyways, yes, do join the Mieterverband. While you're at it and ask them about this.
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