Jürg Zulliger

Living in a flat share: tricky legal questions in the case of disputes

Moving out of home and into your first flat? Young people, in particular, often start off living in flat shares. ‘Room to let in a shared flat…’ It may sound simple and friendly – but there are nevertheless a few formalities you should watch out for. It’s all very exciting – Evelyn from Zurich finally …

What is a Minergie apartment?

Minergie is a Swiss quality label for low-energy buildings. This standard is a guarantee of quality and, above all, low energy consumption, presented in a format that the public can understand. Anyone who wants to buy or rent a Minergie apartment should consider the following. The chemical formula CO2 feels like an abstract notion. However, …

Affordability: what can I afford?

There are many aspects to consider when financing your own four walls: your savings and income, your household and lifestyle, and your longer-term financial planning. Both the bank and the customer want the financing to be supported by solid foundations. When you start dreaming of your own home, you start picking up some technical terms, …

Cooperative living: the middle ground between owning and renting

For many people, finding an affordable rental property in mostly expensive cities and urban areas is becoming increasingly difficult. As a result, there is greater focus on properties belonging to cooperatives and charitable foundations. In particularly expensive urban areas, these can often be 20–25% cheaper. In Switzerland, there is a total of around 185,000 properties …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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, …

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 …