Information on coronavirus

The current situation in terms of the spread of coronavirus is having a huge impact on our day-to-day lives. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends staying at home as much as possible and reducing social contact to a minimum. We have put together a few recommendations on how to go about looking …

Remote viewings and virtual tours

In the current situation surrounding the coronavirus crisis, there is often uncertainty on how to handle property viewings. In principle, property viewings are permitted, as long as they comply with the guidelines set out by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). A good way to show prospective buyers and tenants your property without …

Working from home: how to organise your day

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, ever more companies have been asking their employees to work from home. A lot of people imagine that it will be more straightforward than it actually is. In reality, people who work from home on a regular basis often feel isolated. Here are eight top tips to make …

Solar collectors – their benefits and when they’re worth it

Using solar energy rather than traditional heating systems that damage the environment – that’s definitely a positive thing. But are solar collectors on your roof really anything more than a pleasant fantasy? Are they affordable for the average consumer? And when is it worth purchasing them? People have been trying to exploit the energy of …

Which hob is right for me?

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or looking to replace an old one, it’s important to get the choice of hob right. Below, we have outlined what you need to know about electric, ceramic, induction and gas hobs. While gas hobs often come as part of a hob and oven combination, other types of hob …

Rental deposit insurance: an alternative to the deposit

When renting a home or office, you usually have to put down a rental deposit as security. This comes with drawbacks. Large amounts of money are tied up without yielding a return. On the contrary, they are increasingly plagued with fees. What are the alternatives?   Up to three months’ rent tied up By law, …

Verbal rental agreements – what to watch out for

Even though most of us are highly particular when it comes to signing a rental contract for a new apartment, some tenancies are still arranged on the basis of a verbal agreement. Here’s what you need to be aware of when it comes to verbal rental agreements. The Swiss Code of Obligations does not stipulate …

Subletting apartments: is it permitted?

As a general rule, all tenants have the right to sublet their apartment, either partially or in full. However, by law, landlords must consent to the sublet in advance. Landlords may only refuse permission to sublet in certain specific circumstances. We explain the key points you should know about subletting.   Temporarily moving to a …

Sustainable living – the easy way

The more greenhouse gases emit into our atmosphere, the warmer the Earth becomes. This is not a novel insight; the issue is brought up every day in print and online media. But how does our lifestyle influence these harmful emissions? How can each one of us reduce CO2, methane and nitrous oxide emissions and live …