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Swiss Buyers' Info

  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Austria

Do I have to rent my property when I am not using it?

No. Most properties in Switzerland have “second home” status so you are free to rent your property (or not) as you wish. The owner, or his friends and family, are expected to use the property for at least three weeks of the year so the property may not be rented on an annual basis (maximum 11 months and one week).
Most new developments built recently will have a rental obligation. Some offer hotel style services and facilities such as a pool or spa and these will limit the number of high season weeks the owner may use the property. Others are in smaller residential buildings which do not have any special facilities and they may allow unlimited use by the owner, but it must be made available for rental when they are not using it.

Another advantage is that some of these managed properties do not carry the 5 year rule in regards to reselling. Thus you can sell your apartment whenever you like.

Information correct as of 1st January 2024. This may change as rules and regulations change often, so please contact us directly if you have any specific enquiries.