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Old 06.06.2019, 14:25
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buying/selling contract

Hi all,
I have in hands a draft contract for selling/buying a property. Of course in German and i have been struggling for the whole day to translate it by using Google Translate and Deepl.ch without being able to understand it.


Is it common sense to ask for an English translation or French translation?


Or, as usually, it's our business to do the translation?


I have also a "TCS Privatrechtsschutz" but i couldnt find expressly noted that i can use it for verifying the contract.


What shall i do in this case? Any idea?


Thank you,

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Old 06.06.2019, 14:29
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Hi all,
I have in hands a draft contract for selling/buying a property. Of course in in German and i have been struggling for the whole to translate it by using Google Translate and Deepl.ch without being able to understand it.


Is it common sense to ask for an English translation or French translation?


Or, as usually, it's our business to do the translation?
You can ask for a translation but keep in mind that the original contract always will be binding and not the translation.


And unless the seller has a translated version, it will be up to you to find a way to understand the contract.
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Old 06.06.2019, 14:39
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Hi all,
I have in hands a draft contract for selling/buying a property. Of course in in German and i have been struggling for the whole to translate it by using Google Translate and Deepl.ch without being able to understand it.


Is it common sense to ask for an English translation or French translation?


Or, as usually, it's our business to do the translation?


I have also a "TCS Privatrechtsschutz" but i couldnt find expressly noted that i can use it for verifying the contract.


What shall i do in this case? Any idea?


Thank you,
I doubt it's a contract but an agreement to go further. Probably of little value but posting it here would help.
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Find a professional translator to translate this, you don't want to make mistakes.
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Since a public notary will have to do the actual contract stuff with you and the seller make sure you have one that speaks English. When we bought this is what we asked for and got a very good notary who went through the contract paragraph by paragraph translating it for us on the day we were going to sign. Only when we were all happy that everyone knew what was what did we sign the contract.
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Hi there, I would find a way to get it properly translated so you can fully understand the clauses and make disputes if necessary. Itís very tricky isnít it... I always feel unsure about my contracts in German. Sigh 😔
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You have a couple of options -

You can get a professional translation. If you can score out the paragraphs where deepl works OK you can keep costs down. Particularly headers/footers, disclaimers and such. As a guide, cost should be under CHF2 per line for German-English with ~9 words per line. Happy to recommend someone if you PM me.

Ask your notary / bank employee working on your mortgage to help you. Ours were happy to explain the points, and give reassurance that what was written was standard for Switzerland and explain the implications of things. Even if you get the contract translated, you will probably still need this to understand the implications of things.

In our experience things are definitely different in Switzerland, so the discussion is really worthwhile. For instance the Gemeinde wanted to change the boundary of our property by 30cm (no problem), and also share charges for installing a new drainage system uphill to support a new development (2k bill which would have been paid by the developer in the UK).
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And unless the seller has a translated version, it will be up to you to find a way to understand the contract.
And, if when it comes to the the real contract, the notary believes you don't understand it, they won't let you sign it.
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And, if when it comes to the the real contract, the notary believes you don't understand it, they won't let you sign it.



Hmmmmm, that's really interesting point. Thank you!!!
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