From what to look for before signing a lease to requesting a rent reduction, here are some of the key things to you should know about renting in Switzerland. Swiss landlords love having international tenants because they don’t know the tricks of the trade when it comes to Swiss tenancy law. Here are a few tips from Geneva-based lawyer Renuka Cavadini which deal with residential, non-furnished leases and which could save you a lot of sleepless nights. The basics Although there is only one Swiss tenancy law – with various related ordinances, which apply to residential rentals all over Switzerland – the official paperwork for increasing rent or terminating a lease varies from one canton to another. Swiss law on tenancy is very formal, so even a technicality can render the lease agreement invalid. If there’s a problem with your landlord or your tenancy agreement, don’t wait to react. Be polite and cordial but also be firm about your … [Read more...] about Eight things you need to know before renting in Switzerland
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Councils in Surrey received more than 600 complaints from tenants in a year, but there have been just five successful prosecutions against rogue landlords. Owning a home is becoming less affordable. In 2001, 9% of homes in Surrey were private rented, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In 2011, the proportion was 13.5%. As more and more people turn to renting, the issue of holding landlords to account has become more prominent. Often, it is district and borough councils in Surrey that deal with complaints about private landlords and have powers to prosecute. But a Freedom of Information request by Surrey Live found just five landlords in the county were prosecuted between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 - four prosecutions were by Woking Borough Council and one was by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. Read More The woes of being a renter Three of 11 councils - Tandridge, Guildford and Elmbridge - said they could not or would not provide details of how they … [Read more...] about How many complaints Surrey council’s got about rogue landlords
strong> I have just received a section 20 notice relating to some repair works to our block. What does the notice mean and what can we do if we think the cost of the works is excessive? In the circumstances you describe, you will have been served with a Section 20 Notice because your landlord is proposing to carry out repair works to your building that cost over £250, in respect of which the leaseholders will each have to contribute under the terms of the lease through the service charge. You should check your lease to make sure that the landlord is entitled or obliged to carry out the proposed works. A Section 20 Notice is served pursuant to Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended by Section 151 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002). In relation to proposed major works, Section 20 sets out the framework for a consultation process which has three stages; a notice of intention; notification of estimates; and notification of award of contract. Stage … [Read more...] about Legal Q&A: What is a Section 20 notice of repairs and what can I do if I think the cost is excessive?
A MILLIONAIRE landlord has sparked outrage after threatening to boot out mums and pregnant women with just two months' notice. Property tycoon Fergus Wilson - one of Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords - has already given four single mums with newborn kids their marching orders. But he said he was giving them "two months' grace" to find somewhere else to live. The 69-year-old millionaire has blamed "too strict" council rules for his decision. Landlord can be fined £30,000 if they fail to fix faulty boilers and heating systems "within four days" if there is a baby in the house. He told the Kentish Express newspaper today: "I just can't risk something going wrong and not being able to get a plumber there in time - have you ever tried to get a plumber, there's a national shortage." The landlord says that he is only willing to take on mums with kids who are over the age of five because council rules mean emergency repairs don't have to be done within four days. In a letter to … [Read more...] about Landlord worth £200m says he’ll kick out mums and pregnant women because they’ve got kids
Charles Moore Follow 1 July 2018 • 6:00pm The housing minister, James Brokenshire, wants to improve the private rented sector. Good. He seeks to extend the minimum period of tenancy to three years. Bad. All sensible discussion of rented housing has to balance the needs of both sides. The tenant must not be exploited. The landlord must not lose his incentive. The figures show that 80 per cent of private tenants currently have contracts of six or 12 months. Mr Brokenshire says it is “deeply unfair” when tenants have to “uproot their lives” at short notice. Surely this is true only if they are suffering from a contract which was not entered into freely. Short notice can be convenient for both sides. Essentially, this is a question of supply.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 … [Read more...] about Forcing landlords to offer longer leases will only reduce supply and increase rents