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Lease take over - building renovation

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I'm in the process of moving away from Switzerland, and I am doing a lease takeover with a colleague of mine. He saw the house and he liked it, so we started the process with the Regie. They said they would send him a contract soon. However, today I found in my mailbox a mail indicating that the building will soon undergo renovation (surelevation, so something quite lengthy I think). Of course I immediately told the guy taking over, who's not exactly excited!

I wanted to ask: was it the regie duty to give me and future tenants notice about the renovations? Also, they ask for a penalty in case of withdrawal after asking for a contract, but could we avoid paying it as we came to know something that wasn't known before?


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Hello all!

I'm in the process of moving away from Switzerland, and I am doing a lease takeover with a colleague of mine. He saw the house and he liked it, so we started the process with the Regie. They said they would send him a contract soon. However, today I found in my mailbox a mail indicating that the building will soon undergo renovation (surelevation, so something quite lengthy I think). Of course I immediately told the guy taking over, who's not exactly excited!

I wanted to ask: was it the regie duty to give me and future tenants notice about the renovations? Also, they ask for a penalty in case of withdrawal after asking for a contract, but could we avoid paying it as we came to know something that wasn't known before?


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You say "house", does this mean a single family residence?

I can't see how they could add a new floor with tenants in residence, so you've fulfilled your requirement to offer a tenant, landlord has to decide between new tenant or renovation.

Otherwise I assume you could argue that the landlord caused the issue - they are significantly changing the situation regarding the property, on the open market they would not be able to find a tenant in this situation either. And they most likely wouldn't try, they'd wait and put the rent up after the renovation.

See https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...rbishment.html
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Re: Lease take over - building renovation

Hello,

thank you for your reply! Yes, sorry, it's a flat in a building (last floor too, so I can imagine the noise from upstairs would be quite disruptive in the flat!). I tried to send an email to the Regie, telling them the guy is asking to stop the lease takeover process given the new information, but they are insisting that he has to pay the penalty now.
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