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Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

Recently I moved into a new apartment and was asked by the landlord to sign an electricity contract with the local provider, because supposedly he can't do it. According to him, the contract should always be signed by the person living in the apartment rather than by the landlord. Is there an official rule like that?
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Recently I moved into a new apartment and was asked by the landlord to sign an electricity contract with the local provider, because supposedly he can't do it. According to him, the contract should always be signed by the person living in the apartment rather than by the landlord. Is there an official rule like that?
Yes, this is how it works. You may already have entered a contract with the local provider anyhow by consuming electricity. You cannot choose suppliers as this is still monopolized, but your provider may have different tariffs (green or grey).
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

Thanks! Do you by chance know what documents/laws i can reference for this? Just so I can be more informed.
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Thanks! Do you by chance know what documents/laws i can reference for this? Just so I can be more informed.
It's basic contract law - if you want a service, you sign a contract.

So whatever is relevant for the specific contract under OR (obligationenrecht):

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...009/index.html
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It's basic contract law - if you want a service, you sign a contract.

So whatever is relevant for the specific contract under OR (obligationenrecht):

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...009/index.html
Much appreciated, thanks!
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It's basic contract law - if you want a service, you sign a contract.

So whatever is relevant for the specific contract under OR (obligationenrecht):

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...009/index.html
First time I hear this in a rental re electricity. Landlord tells electricity supplier who lives in which flat, supplier reads the meter and sends me the bill. Never signed a contract for that.
Not sure I would have a choice, telling them I cook on the cheminťe only (am I allowed to do that here even? LOL), don't use a fridge and live with candles only? Might be worth a try, if only for the giggle.

Unless OP rented a house, usually with that all costs (also water, waste-water etc. etc. etc.) go in the name of the tenant.

PS: If the landlord wants this done, best contact the electricity company and check with them. Don't sign any funny business the landlord might present to you re electricity.
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

Usually electricity to your apartment or whatever is not included in the Nebenkosten so this is something you have to pay for yourself. I never signed any contract - I just got the bills.

Make a note of the meter readings otherwise you might end up paying for the previous tenant's electricity.
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

We had a contract with the supplier in our last flat.

Nebenkosten only covered communal electricity.
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Usually electricity to your apartment or whatever is not included in the Nebenkosten so this is something you have to pay for yourself. I never signed any contract - I just got the bills.
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First time I hear this in a rental re electricity. Landlord tells electricity supplier who lives in which flat, supplier reads the meter and sends me the bill. Never signed a contract for that.
Yeah, paying the bills myself does seem normal. Having to sign a contract for it is what confused me, since in my previous apartment I didn't have to do it.

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We had a contract with the supplier in our last flat.

Nebenkosten only covered communal electricity.
So based on all the responses, it seems that this kind of thing is normal but isn't enforced everywhere.

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PS: If the landlord wants this done, best contact the electricity company and check with them. Don't sign any funny business the landlord might present to you re electricity.
Yeah, the landlord himself told me to call them, so I don't really have any worries there. Thanks for the advice though!
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

I remember having to fill something in saying if I wanted the very green, the kinda green or the not very green at all electricity, I might have had to sign it too.
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I remember having to fill something in saying if I wanted the very green, the kinda green or the not very green at all electricity, I might have had to sign it too.
True, that came some years later, not sure whether I signed that or if it was via the internet. I now get nuclear power electricity at the price of solar
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We had a contract with the supplier in our last flat.

Nebenkosten only covered communal electricity.
Same here.

Only exception is some places we rented all-inclusive (small commercial places).

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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

Also bear in mind that the electricity supplier makes the power available - if you choose to use it, you have entered into an agreement with them and must pay them for what you use.

I think the contract we signed came with the first bill; as others have said, it gave us some tariff options etc, and also included a place to put the initial reading, so we got a (very small) rebate on our next bill.

Conceivably you could turn off the main switch and not use anything, although you'd probably still have to cancel the contract to avoid the base fee. At this point the landlord would probably try to evict you for being a fruitcake .
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Conceivably you could turn off the main switch and not use anything, although you'd probably still have to cancel the contract to avoid the base fee. At this point the landlord would probably try to evict you for being a fruitcake .
I'm not planning on going full amish yet, so that shouldn't be a problem
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Recently I moved into a new apartment and was asked by the landlord to sign an electricity contract with the local provider, because supposedly he can't do it. According to him, the contract should always be signed by the person living in the apartment rather than by the landlord. Is there an official rule like that?
Your power provider ail sells different products, i.e. power produced from different base energy types (solar, water, other renewables; probably conventional is an option as well and the default). Different base energy comes at a different price, i.e. they basically ask you to volunteer to pay more.

They want/need you to make your choice.

Personally I would expect that you're billed for the least expensive product until you've made a choice for a more expensive one, but that's just my opinion. Applicable regulations may say something different.
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

I've never actually had to sign a contract for electricity here... maybe that was a language problem with your landlord. But you do need to make sure the electric company knows you are living in the apartment from the correct date so that they can send you the bills directly.
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Re: Landlord asking to sign an electricity contract

I rented this apartment one year ago (at the Swiss German side) and didnít signed any electricity contract, however the invoice arrived with my name on it.

Iíve called the agency and they explained that with the rental contract they send a copy to the electricity provider.

It was my first time that Iíve seen that. At my place in VD, never was like that, even in times of rental. Actually when I bought my apartment it was a different stuff...

In any case, I donít think thatís negative. The only thing that concerns me itís when I leave, I want to make sure this electricity bill wonít be on my name....
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The only thing that concerns me itís when I leave, I want to make sure this electricity bill wonít be on my name....
Notify the company yourself, in advance, of your leave date, then you are covered. And remember to take the final reading (photo!) - normally the landlord deals with sending that in.
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