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Old 26.06.2020, 23:05
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How to find out who owns an apartment building?

We live next to an apartment building that was completely renovated about three years ago. While they appeared to do everything from the walls in, nothing has been done outside. Any semblance of a garden is just weeds and dirt. Some of the mailboxes are broken, there is constantly litter blowing around in the bicycle parking area. It looks like shit and I have to look at it every day.

Ok, enough complaining. What I'd like to do is contact the owner of the building and ask them to maintain the property to a higher standard. But how does one go about finding the contact information for the owner?
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:07
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Re: How to find out who owns an apartment building?

Contact the landlord and he should be able to advise the next step!
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:09
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Contact the landlord and he should be able to advise the next step!
Yes, but who is the landlord?
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:12
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Re: How to find out who owns an apartment building?

Maybe you could ask one of the tenants in that apartment building what the name of their landlord is and then Google the name to get the contact info. Otherwise, perhaps if you go to your local Gemeinde office, then they could help you.
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:14
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Yes, but who is the landlord?
I mean your landlord and he might know more about the neighbouring building ownership. Sometimes discussions like that can help in arriving at the solution or make the things move forward, shed some more light why other block of flats is neglected, who is behind the renovations and etc. It never hurts to have a chat.
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:19
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I mean your landlord and he might know more about the neighbouring building ownership.
Ah, ok. Our building is primarily owner-occupied, so there is no landlord. We do have a company that takes care of our building fees, etc, but they would have no contact with the other buildings in the area.


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Maybe you could ask one of the tenants in that apartment building what the name of their landlord is and then Google the name to get the contact info. Otherwise, perhaps if you go to your local Gemeinde office, then they could help you.
I considered asking one of the tenants, but I rarely see anyone around. Perhaps I shall wander down to the Gemeinde as suggested and see what they can offer.
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Old 26.06.2020, 23:24
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Re: How to find out who owns an apartment building?

Information on how to determine the owner of a property in Basel-Stadt is available at this link:

https://www.gva.bs.ch/grundbuch/dien...sauskunft.html
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Old 27.06.2020, 00:12
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Re: How to find out who owns an apartment building?

I once called the commune to find out who the owner of my flat is. She told me, she is not allowed to tell me, then gave me name and address (all the way in Israel). He never reacted (yes, I did write to Israel, the guy was Swiss ).

The bad news is, one is basically allowed to do anything on one's ground as long as the neighbour is not overly affected or impaired. (Now you could mention your eye-sight .... )
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Mess and broken mailboxes could also be due to tenants.

You could try reporting to the commune that the house is neglected. No idea if this works.
Are you the owner of your flat? If so you could probably visit the "Grundbuchamt" and find out there.
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The bad news is, one is basically allowed to do anything on one's ground as long as the neighbour is not overly affected or impaired.
I wasn't sure about this. My husband has a colleague who bought a house from a lady who still lived next door. She made his life a living hell for a while with registered letters and reports to the Gemeinde complaining about how the hedge was improperly trimmed between their properties, etc.



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Old 27.06.2020, 10:06
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... reports to the Gemeinde complaining about how the hedge was improperly trimmed between their properties, etc.
We had that. We have a hedge along a shared boundary with an apartment block. In the end we got a letter from the Gemeinde instructing us to do something about it, or they would and charge us. So we did our duty, like good little residents. We cut it right back to the border line.

Then the guy who headed the resident's committee of the block, came round and, very politely, asked why we'd done that, as he'd been getting complaints about that it now looked ugly from their side (very woody - it was an old hedge). When I explained about the letter, he apologised and said he knew who had been complaining, and it wasn't right for them to take matters into their own hands.

Two years later we replaced the hedge with one far more manageable, and we're on good terms with our apartment neighbours. So that's nice.
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Old 27.06.2020, 10:35
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We had that. We have a hedge along a shared boundary with an apartment block. In the end we got a letter from the Gemeinde instructing us to do something about it, or they would and charge us. So we did our duty, like good little residents. We cut it right back to the border line.

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Out of interest, can I confirm that you were asked to cut it back on the neighbours side as it was your hedge?

My neighbour has a lovely yew hedge but I've always cut our side ourselves. I wondered whether we should take it in turns to cut the top?
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Old 27.06.2020, 18:23
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Re: How to find out who owns an apartment building?

We cut it from the neighbours side. The hedge is ours. They can trim it if grows on their side, but they can also insist we cut it back. YCMV (Your Community May Vary) - check the local laws.



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