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Renting a house or apartment? Swiss tenancy laws can be complicated and Packimpex has some top tips for navigating the Swiss housing market with ease.

Moving is stressful, with a tremendous amount of information to be processed in a very short time.

After finally finding the right property but before signing anything, you need to be very clear on your rights and obligations as a tenant to avoid pitfalls and remove any grey areas.

Tenancy law in Switzerland is very complicated. Anyone who is not aware of the laws can inadvertently run into trouble,
sometimes with financial consequences which may arise years later once you reach the end of your tenancy.

Whether you are signing a lease contract and moving to a new property or looking for assistance and support during key handover, our professional team of housing experts at Packimpex can make this transition for you a whole lot easier. Listed below are our modular services that can provide you with peace of mind.


Let the experts handle it for you

Carole Javet and her team of relocation consultants at Packimpex will secure the home you want anywhere in Switzerland. You can also count on them for support with essential settling in services.


Taking over a rental property 

It is so important to know exactly what you are walking into. Packimpex assists with every imaginable type of property in Switzerland. From setting up the rental contract and assisting clients with translations, through to attending the property handover with the real estate agency or property owner.

Our housing team is qualified to guide you step by step. We will ensure that you are clear with lease terms and conditions, including cancellation terms. If we are present at the entrance inspection, we will prepare a property protocol with photos, (listing all visible damages left from a previous tenant) and liaise with the estate agency to point out and organise repair of any existing damage, noted at the handover or during your initial 10 day move-in period.

You will then be able to enter the tenancy with full awareness of your rights and responsibilities, and you will be protected from any oversights on the part of the estate agent or private owner.

Disagreements with landlords 

In every canton there are cantonal, regional or communal conciliation authorities. They provide advice to both tenants and landlords. In case of disputes regarding a rental contract or issues arising during the tenancy, the conciliation authorities attempt to facilitate an amicable settlement. Being aware of your rights and obligations is crucial and our housing team is in the best position to help you to prepare for such an event.

Terminating your lease contract

Terminating your lease may prove expensive. This is because you must honour the contract until the contractual termination date or continue to pay monthly rent until a new tenant has formally applied for the property. 

At Packimpex, we will help you to best plan your lease termination and to formulate the lease cancellation letter to the real estate agent or landlord. If necessary, we will help you to find a new tenant through advertising, preparing the apartment for viewing as well as by establishing the application form for your prospective replacement.

In preparation for your departure, we will also assist in cancelling or transferring your utilities and other personal contracts to your new address in a timely manner, ensuring that you are free from any liability from your departure date onward.


Let the experts handle it for you

Carole Javet and her team of relocation consultants at Packimpex will make sure you exit and return your property with peace of mind. You can also count on them for support with essential departure services.


Handing back a property at the end of your tenancy 

Focusing your efforts where it makes the most sense is the key to a successful departure. We will advise you of  the exact condition you should be returning the property and what you should consider first when it comes to cleaning based on legal regulations and what has been stipulated in your contract. We offer support and advice on what you can expect with regards to repair costs in order to spare unnecessary energy and avoidable expenses.

Our presence at the exit inspection will help you negotiate any remaining items giving you the peace of mind you need to move on to your future location.


Author: Stuart Holmes

Stuart is a British Citizen and has been living in Switzerland for nearly 30 years in the Canton of Solothurn. Stuart has been in the Relocation Industry for approximately 10 years, specialising in apartment and house introductions and in seeing the smooth transition of clients into their fixed accommodations. In his spare time Stuart likes to collect Bordeaux wines, gardening and is a regular to many of the theatres and concert halls in the Basel area.

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