Renting

Salary and housing costs – how much should rent be in relation to salary?

Finally, your own apartment! A dream come true, but is your apartment more expensive than you originally thought?
Before looking for your own place to live, it is important to take a close look at certain costs. Insurance, housing costs and taxes often account for the highest proportion of expenditure. What percentage of your income should the rent take up, so that at the end of the month it’s not spaghetti for dinner again?

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 …

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, …