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Old 05.10.2011, 16:12
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Own house plus weekday apartment

My situation - EU C permit.

Can anyone advise the situation re: buying an out-of-town house as main residence, but renting e.g a flatshare, studio apartment for mon..fri to reduce the commute. As I understand things your landlord must report all residents to the gemeinde. But if you are registered elsewhere as a home owner does this work out ?
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Old 05.10.2011, 16:32
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Re: Own house plus weekday apartment

i think it should be fine. i'm investigating the other way, buying a weekday flat for work. i think this might not work as it seems the swiss insist that your lebensmittelpunkt must be at the same place you buy your property.
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My situation - EU C permit.

Can anyone advise the situation re: buying an out-of-town house as main residence, but renting e.g a flatshare, studio apartment for mon..fri to reduce the commute. As I understand things your landlord must report all residents to the gemeinde. But if you are registered elsewhere as a home owner does this work out ?
We've had two places like that for the last four years, and only recently decided that we would become 'official' in both. What happened was that we were registered at a small flat in town, then when we bought our place in the country we moved there, but carried on the lease on the town flat. Nothing is addressed there any more, and it seemed that nobody cared that we still had it. But now we want to get a local car parking permit, so we've had to re-register there.

What happens is that your 'home' gemeinde gives you a form so you can register as living elsewhere during the week, then you register in the 'away' gemeinde, which afford you access to local facilities, if any (like car parking for us). We continue to pay tax only in our 'home' gemeinde, but apparently there's some sort of reciprocal arrangement between the two.

Of course, this works best if the tax in the 'home' one is lower, as is true for us ;-) If it were the other way round, you might be able to class your city one as the main residence to pay tax there instead, but I really don't know. Nor do I know if the fact that we'd already officially moved to the country flat made it simpler for us than it may be for you.

Best of luck in any case.
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Re: Own house plus weekday apartment

The tax situation will depend on primary vs. secondary residence. The two communes or cantons may have a say in this, for example family stays in house while earner stays in small apt. Try to set up the situation on what is beneficial to you.
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