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Rent reduction request

Greetings everyone,

following the recent decrease in interest rates I have asked my landlord for a rent reduction.
The reduction I was granted is approximately 50% of that provided by the comparis calculator
https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/mietzinsreduktion

My question is:
(a) Shall I be happy that he answered to me, (b) annoyed because he is being sneaky, or (c) the numbers provided by comparis are unreliable?

Follow up question:
If (b) applies, is there anything I can do about it (apart from vacating the apartment)?
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Re: Rent reduction request

It's probably about this part from the comparis link
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If the landlord adjusts the rent following the change in the reference interest rate, he is entitled to make an allowance for a part of the inflation (at most 40 per cent). The Rent Calculator does not reflect this option. In addition, the landlord may take into account the general cost increase. However, the latter has to be proven. As a general rule, the cost increase should not exceed 0.5 percent per year. Furthermore, the landlord may adjust the rent to the rent standards typical for the neighbourhood.
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Re: Rent reduction request

Actually our request was denied stating that they consider the price to be fair. On the other hand there was a recent advertisement in an identical apartment building (the plan is a bit different, but same m2, one floor upper - 3rd vs 2nd) that is 70frs cheaper than our rent... Buildings are managed by separate companies but are attached and same.

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Actually our request was denied stating that they consider the price to be fair. On the other hand there was a recent advertisement in an identical apartment building (the plan is a bit different, but same m2, one floor upper - 3rd vs 2nd) that is 70frs cheaper than our rent... Buildings are managed by separate companies but are attached and same.

Any ideas on how to respond?
Show details of the other flat as their idea of market price & reality is different.
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It's probably about this part from the comparis link
Thanks a lot for pointing that out. I did miss it.

Long story short, the law allows landlords to pocket about 1/2 of the rent decrease. Wow, it's good to be landlord
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Wow, it's good to be landlord
I found it good to be a tenant, and to have the right to request a lower rent in the future than the amount I signed up for.
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Thanks a lot for pointing that out. I did miss it.

Long story short, the law allows landlords to pocket about 1/2 of the rent decrease. Wow, it's good to be landlord
The law allows landlords to raise the rent when specific conditions are met, just like the law allows you to demand a lower rent if specific conditions are met.

Often when a tenant asks for a reduction the landlord will see what legal space he has to raise the rent. Sometimes this is zero and maximum lowering must be granted, sometimes this is even more than the deduction would be and the tenant ends up with a higher rent.

There is no such thing as "the law allows landlords to pocket about 1/2 of the rent decrease"
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Re: Rent reduction request

We didn't have to request one, the property company sent us a letter saying the rent was being reduced because of the interest rate change.
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We didn't have to request one, the property company sent us a letter saying the rent was being reduced because of the interest rate change.
I wonder how one finds such good landlords. So far we have had 2 landlords and we have to request it every single time.
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Re: Rent reduction request

Our landlords are the firm of architects who designed the building and to date they've been very good with their handling of tenants.
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