Renting

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 …

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 …

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 …

New-build delay: what should you do?

There’s nothing more annoying than a New-build delay of your new home – especially if you have already ended your old tenancy agreement. What do you do if your new home is not yet ready to move into? Construction works are delayed time and again. This might be due to poor weather conditions during construction, …