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Old 10.09.2020, 13:20
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What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

I've noticed quite a few cracks in the walls of our rented house, mostly leading to/from windows but various places.. Kinda feel the garden is sinking too, towards the field below.. Maybe it's the very dry summer for the garden, maybe it's just cosmetic..

But in the worst case, if it's a structural disaster.. Does the regie / owner have any responsibilities to 're-home' us or is it just tough, find a new place? Anybody experience similar?

I've just sent a dossier of photos to the regie so just thinking out loud.
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Old 10.09.2020, 13:52
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

Holy cow, sorry to hear that ! I don't have an answer to your specific question about the re-homing, just wish you the best of luck with both the house itself, or the search thereafter.

You probably know this already, but not all cracks are structurally relevant. Many could be superficial, reaching no deeper than the skim-coating or the plaster, and are triggered by the house's elements' moving (as in expanding and contracting). Unless you have exposed masonry . Anyways, you've documented it and sent it to the regie. Hopefully they'll react quickly and come have a look-see.
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Old 10.09.2020, 14:38
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

Sounds like the start of the movie Up... you sure there are no balloons involved ?

In Holland this happens a lot in the north east, where the houses are built on a gas field. Exploitation of this field leads to the same problems as you mention.

Maybe a sink hole is forming under your house, could be from erosion due to water flow. And dont think it cant be serious, whole villages have washed down mountains here in CH
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

Lucky then that the areas around Nyon dont have a history of beeing washed away

You have done what you are suppose to do by informing the regie.
I have never heard about rehoming here, unless its temporary ex fire damage.

Home insurance might spring for some hotel nights in urgent cases, but for the long run its up to you to find something more "stable".
Unless of course the owner has more properties with empty appartements.

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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

IANAL but AFAIK the landlord does have responsibilities to provide you replacement accommodation for causes that make you unable to use the rented property - say burst pipe that leads to flooding and uninhabitable house. For that period it is usual that the owner pays to accommodate the tenant elsewhere and this is usually covered by his landlord insurance.

Not sure how much of this applies for natural causes as much as for accidents that are due to lack of maintenance by the landlord or other accidents (e.g. truck hits the house).

However, here it first must be established whether the damage you see make your house uninhabitable or has any impact on your use of the house. So talk to the regie first and ask for a report from them.

BTW, in Canton Vaud there is ECA which is the compulsory buildings and household insurance against natural disasters - https://www.eca-vaud.ch/
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

Cracks are nothing to be concerned about.

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Old 10.09.2020, 16:28
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

Thanks peoples..

Normally a few cracks here or there i wouldn't be concerned.. But... Most seem to stem from or lead to the window frames, some of the lintels on the windows are also cracked.. Some go from one window, many meters to another window..
I also checked photos from a year ago (when we moved in) and many of the cracks are not in those photos..

Plus our neighbour told us the the place was built by a bit of DIY guy, he done almost everything himself and 'tinkered' for years adding stuff and changing stuff. c'est la maison d'un bricoleur they say..

Anyways .. Photos all of to the regie.. We'll see..
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Re: What happens if your house becomes unliveable?

In an emergency your commune would be the first to step in. Do you know your syndic or municipale? But then it would become your landlordís responsibility and they should have coverage through ECA. You could call them and ask they are very helpful.
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In an emergency your commune would be the first to step in. Do you know your syndic or municipale? But then it would become your landlordís responsibility and they should have coverage through ECA. You could call them and ask they are very helpful.
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Thanks Bowlie.. I only visited the commune to register my arrival Everything is online!

I really don't think it would reach a real emergency like we were on the street. We'd sort something .. I just think that due to circumstances with the owners, I can't see them making large scale repairs if they were needed.. I think the land/view would probably more valuable than the house.

Hopefully it's nothing.
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