Locking horns: what to do when neighbours are causing trouble

Tired of barking dogs, screaming children or loud parties going on until 4 am the next morning? When people in your building are really getting under your skin, it can be hard to know how to resolve the situation. We’re here to explain the legal situation and what works in practice. ‘Even the most pious …

How to childproof your home

Children have a completely different perspective of things – they are curious and like to explore. But there are more dangers lurking inside your home than you might actually be aware of. The point at which you need to childproof your home depends entirely on the age of your child. Newborn babies are totally dependent …

Apartment rental: can I sublet via Airbnb?

There are certainly obvious reasons why you might want to sublet individual rooms or even an entire apartment. This practice of ‘subletting’ is generally permitted. The boundary separating subletting from unauthorised commercial use of the rented home, however, has not been clearly defined. From a legal perspective, the matter remains controversial – as a recent …

Lighting concepts for your home

One light on the ceiling simply isn’t enough anymore. Nowadays, if you want to create a flattering aesthetic for your home that’s easy on the eyes, you need a lighting concept. Here are all the dos and don’ts of lighting. It wasn’t so long ago that lighting didn’t involve any big decisions. A few candles, …

Community spirit: in Switzerland, community aid is booming

A few ‘soft’ factors have a huge impact on people’s living situations and quality of life, such as do the neighbours know each other? This year, the importance of community aid and voluntary work has drastically increased. When the coronavirus crisis erupted in March, thousands of people suddenly realised how much they value their neighbours. …

Dazzling decorating tips

Inside your very own four walls, you can give life to your unique personal style and do it all yourself. There are countless ways to decorate your home. We’ll give you a few tips to spruce up your space and turn it into a haven – and they work for any style, no matter if …

Spending the summer holidays at home – 10 tips and ideas

The summer holidays are just around the corner. However, everything is going to be slightly different this year – due to the current situation, we’ll be spending a lot more of our summer holidays at home. Sounds boring? Not if you ask us! We’ll show you how you can enjoy a summer holiday like no …

Which belongings am I allowed to leave in the stairwell?

Stairwells supposedly provide space for things that we’d rather not keep in our apartments, such as shoes, prams and bicycles. However, by law, these can only be left in the stairwell with the landlord’s consent. Glance into any stairwell and you’ll often find some wellies and trainers piled up, paper and cardboard ready to be …

How much noise should children be able to make?

As if your child screaming their head off at night wasn’t enough, now your neighbours are knocking on your door to complain. How much noise should people be expected to tolerate? Read on to find out. Children are allowed to do everything that comes with being a kid: stomping around, shouting, throwing things in the …