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Rent increase

My boyfriend has been in his flat since at least 8 years I believe . Within that time the only renovation that was done by the landlord was painting the bedroom wall some years ago, installing a small Swedish wood oven and new kitchen and renovating the balcony just last year(took a year) and putting a new toilet as there was decay
None of this was at his request just to let you know except the toilet and wall painting as it was old wallpaper and shimmel was appearing. They told him he needs to open the windows everyday for a few mins to prevent that from happening in future. It still happens.. I just spray javel bleach to remove all the black that appears on the wall and windows when I visit him

Just so you know the windows are old so it's pretty cold in here, it's electric not gas here


They increased the rent few days ago by 50chf a month. They said it was because of all the renovations they done etc

And they said that they may be putting new windows next year.

Is this increase normal/acceptable/right? Is it common?


Ps they just finished renovating the roof and upstairs flat. Which is now being rent by someone. He had to endure all drilling for a year I believe or more

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Re: Rent increase

Is he a member of Asloca, or the equivalent in the Swiss German parts?

Always a good idea and they can advise him on what is permitted and what is not.

And rules will differ by Canton, it would help to have that information.
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Re: Rent increase

A CHF50 increase in 8 years? If it were me (and I know it isn't), I would just accept it.


In the 8 years, has your boyfriend requested rent reduction when the interest rate has reduced?
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Re: Rent increase

I mean it's increased now to 50chf a month
That's 600chf per year

Regarding other question no because its not a mortgage. The house has already been paid off by them
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Re: Rent increase

And how much does a new kitchen and Swedish wood oven cost to install? Balcony Renovations? How about new windows?

Talk to the renters associations.
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I mean it's increased now to 50chf a month
That's 600chf per year

Yep, I understand how much that is a year. I still think that this is a pretty small amount for the work that was done. Think about the costs of moving.


Are you saying that the rent has increased previously?



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Regarding other question no because its not a mortgage. The house has already been paid off by them

That's an interesting point. I can't imagine that there are many 'paid off' properties in CH, but having read the rules, it doesn't indicate anything about the status of a property
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Re: Rent increase

It doesn't matter whether there is a mortgage or not. Rents can be adjusted up or down with interest rates. If the party is smart enough to request this when possible. If you never requested a reduction in 8 years, you will have wasted much more than 50 CHF.
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Re: Rent increase

The rent has never increased since the 12 years he's been here. Sorry when I said 8 earlier.
Only this year 2 days ago they decided to increase

I just wanted to know with the house being old and windows old electric heating etc and considering that we didn't request a reduction in the rent due to the noise during the construction of the property upstairs for approx 2 years I found it a little wrong that they have increased it.
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It doesn't matter whether there is a mortgage or not. Rents can be adjusted up or down with interest rates. If the party is smart enough to request this when possible. If you never requested a reduction in 8 years, you will have wasted much more than 50 CHF.

Thanks for the clarification. We have been in our place for 9 years and our rent has decreased significantly in that time. If blondbird's BF didn't request or misunderstood the regulations, then I agree, he missed out on some substantial reductions, certainly more than CHF50 (or CHF600 a year)
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Re: Rent increase

Thankyou for the advice. I will tell my boyfriend about the interest thing and hopefully can recup the lost money or if the interest rate is still low then its not too late to request it now

My partner knew about it I think but he's always too kind but I'm trying to get as much info as I can here.

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I just wanted to know with the house being old and windows old electric heating etc and considering that we didn't request a reduction in the rent due to the noise during the construction of the property upstairs for approx 2 years I found it a little wrong that they have increased it.

If your BF doesn't like the place because it's old etc, why doesn't he move? I would not live in a place I hate.


Regarding the noise, he should have requested a rent reduction at the time.


Unfortunately you can't bring these things up retrospectively now that you have had an increase in rent.
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Re: Rent increase

1. All those renovations have increased the worth of your boyfriend's apartment.
2. If you're now living in the apartment as well, that could also be a reason for a rent increase.
3. See if his neighbours also have been issued a rent increase.
4. It's none of your damn business if the property has been paid off or not.
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Re: Rent increase

He didn't ask for the renovations. Regardless, he doesn't love it here but as the rent was only 750 a month its definitely saved alot. But it's a one bedroom house(bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom(old house in the village)

But I personally found it wrong that they increased the rent.... They didn't consider the fact that he could have also requested a reduction for the construction noise or the interest rate but he didn't

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He didn't ask for the renovations. Regardless, he doesn't love it here but as the rent was only 750 a month its definitely saved alot. But it's a one bedroom house(bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom(old house in the village)

But I personally found it wrong that they increased the rent..
Your sense of entitlement is mind-boggling.
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Re: Rent increase

That's nothing.

We were evicted from our lake. We had to live in a shoebox in the middle of the road, all 126 of us. We had to get up at 3 in the morning, lick the road clean with our tongues, eat a lump of cold poison and work at the mill for 25 hours a day for tuppence a lifetime.
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Re: Rent increase

I just thought that after 10 years maybe they should have reviewed the property(I don't know the rules. That's why I am asking) ,they didn't care how old the wallpaper in the living room is (over 15 20 years for sure) . I removed it all myself and painted it white due to the shimmel that is constantly appearing also on the wooden window borders)
They haven't reviewed the house so they have no idea.

I don't live here. I just visit him very often.

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I just thought that after 10 years maybe they should have reviewed the property(I don't know the rules. That's why I am asking) ,they didn't care how old the wallpaper in the living room is (over 15 20 years for sure) . I removed it all myself and painted it white due to the shimmel that is constantly appearing also on the wooden window borders) y
They haven't reviewed the house so they have no idea.

I don't live here. I just visit him very often.
Did your boyfriend ever inform the landlord about the mold? It's not fair to complain about something if the landlord never had a chance to correct it.
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Thankyou for the advice. I will tell my boyfriend about the interest thing and hopefully can recup the lost money or if the interest rate is still low then its not too late to request it now

My partner knew about it I think but he's always too kind but I'm trying to get as much info as I can here.
You mix everything together. Some things do not lead to raise of rent (like replacing an ancient toilet - I got a new one last fall as well as a lavabo), some things do (a Swedish oven). New windows most likely won't either (they started doing that in some flats here), or only in parts, depending on how fancy they'll go with it. Depending on the situation they might even get subventions for that. But that is not for you to care/think about.

The noise from renovations he should have complained about when it happened. Now it's too late.

Considering all the things you've mentioned Fr. 50.00 is really moderate, most landlords would grab the chance and go for a good raise.

However, if you want to know the legal situation, the best place to ask is - as someone mentioned - Asloca, in Zurich canton that would be the Mieterverband, in Devon I have no idea

If your boyfriend feels, it's unfair, I'd say it's worth asking Asloca or Mieterverband about it. There are renovations which are considered a "Wertsteigerung" (increase in value) which can be passed on to the tenant and others as "Werterhaltung" (conservation of value) which are the owners problem.
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Re: Rent increase

No he didn't and he's still not complaining. I was only wondering if by law they would have to review the property after certain amount of years. He had once complained about the mold in the bedroom and they painted it aswell as the toilet which they replaced after 1 year of informing them

Apart from that the other rooms have mold too like bathroom and living room but I just use bleach and they told us to leave the windows open for a few minutes to prevent it from happening.
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Re: Rent increase

I don't know if it's worth mentioning regarding the swedish oven we have to pay 200 chf every 2 years to get it cleaned.
I'm also assuming that with electric and not gas he's spending alot more in heating
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