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To avoid being held accountable for existing defects, it is important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities when taking over rental accommodation.

Taking over a rental property

Taking over a property involves certain responsibilities, including ensuring that you are not held responsible for any prior defects.

Handover requirements (compulsory)

Inspection report: The entrance inspection report is part of the contract and documents the condition of the property at hand over. The inspection and the property inspection report will be provided by the landlord or the real estate agent acting on their behalf.

Before the handover, the following documents are necessary:


After the handover: If there are defects that were overlooked or omitted on the day of  hand over, you have up to ten days to send the amended inspection report in writing, including photographs when possible, to the agent.


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Preparing to take over a property (essential)

What to bring:

  • Provisional name stickers for the letterbox and doorbell
  • A camera
  • Documentation including contract, proof of rent payment, security deposit and household insurance


During the final property inspection:

  • Check that defects are clearly listed on the inspection report
  • Take pictures of damages, marks and scratches
  • Identify all keys and check that they fit
  • Check basement storage
  • View reserved parking place
  • Open and close blinds
  • Switch on electrical appliances
  • Check light fixtures
  • Check dishwasher filters
  • Look for bathroom ventilation
  • Check the fridge and freezer
  • Look for holes and other damage on floors, doors and door frames, window frames and wall tiles
  • Check the condition of garden, balconies and terraces, and other outdoor areas that are your responsibility
  • Check the general condition of the property for cleanliness etc.


Importance of the property inspection report

Rental properties will not always be repainted or renovated between tenants. You may be accepting a property with a certain amount of wear and tear. You will only be liable for damages caused by you and not general wear and tear.


Author: François Enzler

After more than 10 years’ experience in relocation in Switzerland, François is now heading the Packimpex Academy which provides over 30 different training courses specific to the needs of the relocation industry. His experience of the daily challenges faced by relocation consultants flows directly into the training courses designed and led by the Packimpex Academy.

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