More
Hide
Share

Housing in Switzerland

If you're considering moving to Switzerland it is important to know whether it is more viable to rent or buy a house...

Housing in Switzerland
If you're considering moving to Switzerland it is important to know whether it is more viable to rent or buy a house, and what the housing market, processes and procedures are so you are fully prepared to make your move. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful expat destinations in the world but it is also one of the most expensive. On top of this, Switzerland's highly regulated market can make buying your dream Swiss house more difficult, but that doesn't mean that it's not possible. Here at Santa Fe, we can provide you with all of the information that you may need when it comes to moving to Switzerland. We also offer a home search service in order to help provide you with everything you need when looking for a property in Switzerland.
 
 

Property Ownership


Buying a property and owning your own home is not the norm in Switzerland with over 60% of people in the country renting their property. However, property ownership is much higher in more rural areas of Switzerland when compared to big cities such as Zurich and Basel, so if you are considering a long term stay in rural Switzerland, then purchasing your property may be something to consider. However, over the past 50 years, a rise in population has led to an increased pressure on the housing market, creating a rise in house prices meaning that desirable property purchases are difficult to find, and when they are available, they are often very expensive.
 
There are also a number of regulations that you will need to be aware of if you are considering owning your own property in Switzerland. You can only buy a property if you are an EU or EFTA national with a Swiss residence permit or you hold a Swiss C permit. If you fall under these categories then you will have the same rights as a Swiss citizen, meaning you can invest in property, purchase a business premises, or purchase a holiday home. If you have a Swiss British permit then you must only purchase a property to live in.

Renting


The rental market in Switzerland is fierce, but is the more popular option for both expats and locals. There are a broad range of properties to choose from, such as chic inner city apartments to former farmhouses or even the occasional chateau. However, the availability of these properties particularly in cities such as Geneva and Basel is very slim, with only a small percentage of these properties being available at one time. When tenants apply for a property, they are likely to have to provide a large amount of documentation before their application becomes successful. Nevertheless, long term rentals do become available with some even lasting up to 50 years, as well as being suitable for families with children due to many apartments often having access to communal areas and sometimes even playgrounds.
 

Frontalier


With Switzerland being such a small country which is easily accessible from Germany, France and Italy, some people actually live in these surrounding countries and commute into the big cities in Switzerland for work. While this circumstance will depend on your work permit, it is something that you may want to consider due to cheaper rental prices across the border.
 
If you're in need of help with your property search, make sure to get in touch with a member of our local Swiss team today. Contact Santa Fe Relocation Services and we can assist.

48217fd5-c572-4e4b-87bd-78b34d5fc0bb.jpg
Sponsored by
Santa Fe Relocation
48217fd5-c572-4e4b-87bd-78b34d5fc0bb.jpg
Santa Fe Relocation is a global mobility company specializing in managing and delivering high-quality relocation services. Our core competence is providing services that assist you and your family in relocating and settling in a new country.
04 4542724
Tecom
Santa Fe Relocation

On ExpatWoman Today

WIN an AED 1,500 Beauty Treatment Voucher from Dr. Al Rustom

WIN an AED 1,500 Beauty Treatment Voucher from Dr. Al Rustom

Working in Dubai: Discover What It

Working in Dubai: Discover What It's Really Like at Our Event

Come to the Upcoming ExpatWoman Living in Dubai 2017 Event

Come to the Upcoming ExpatWoman Living in Dubai 2017 Event

Family Health Insurance Costs Compared Around the World

Family Health Insurance Costs Compared Around the World

Dubai Hospital Certified as a Centre of Excellence for Radiotherapy

Dubai Hospital Certified as a Centre of Excellence for Radiotherapy

Tips for Preventing Fires in High-Rise Buildings

Tips for Preventing Fires in High-Rise Buildings

5 Things You Need To Know When Applying for UK Spouse Visa

5 Things You Need To Know When Applying for UK Spouse Visa

Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Heart Disease

Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Heart Disease

How You Can Reclaim Your Life Back From Infertility

How You Can Reclaim Your Life Back From Infertility

The Process of Rising Strong After an Infertile Fall

The Process of Rising Strong After an Infertile Fall

Sunshine Vitamin: All You Need to Know About Vitamin D

Sunshine Vitamin: All You Need to Know About Vitamin D

Benefits that the UAE Government Offers to Electric Vehicle Buyer

Benefits that the UAE Government Offers to Electric Vehicle Buyer

Will Insurance Cover Medication Errors in the UAE?

Will Insurance Cover Medication Errors in the UAE?

5 Oral Healthcare Tips for Pregnant Mothers

5 Oral Healthcare Tips for Pregnant Mothers

Here

Here's How Your Child Can Win AED 20,000!

Valuing and Developing Children’s Creativity at Monroe’s Nursery

Valuing and Developing Children’s Creativity at Monroe’s Nursery

Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic in DHCC Welcomes New General Dentist

Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic in DHCC Welcomes New General Dentist

Reclaim Your Garden from the Desert

Reclaim Your Garden from the Desert

Offer: Vitamin D Check-up with Doctor

Offer: Vitamin D Check-up with Doctor's Consultation for AED199 ONLY

First Aid Kits: You Will Need These Items in Case of Emergency

First Aid Kits: You Will Need These Items in Case of Emergency

Spin King Ravichandran Ashwin Partners with Kings

Spin King Ravichandran Ashwin Partners with Kings' Schools

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation

All You Need to Know About Areola Pigmentation

All You Need to Know About Areola Pigmentation

Are You Looking to Set up Your E-Commerce Business?

Are You Looking to Set up Your E-Commerce Business?

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Reliable Removal Company

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Reliable Removal Company

Summer Safety Tips: How To Protect Your Children During Summer

Summer Safety Tips: How To Protect Your Children During Summer

Injectable Aesthetic Treatments: What They Are & What To Know

Injectable Aesthetic Treatments: What They Are & What To Know

5 Pieces of Advice on How to Cope With Driving in Dubai

5 Pieces of Advice on How to Cope With Driving in Dubai

Infertile Coffee: The Effects of Coffee If You

Infertile Coffee: The Effects of Coffee If You're Trying to Conceive

How to Be Happy Around Kids If You’re Struggling to Conceive Your Own

How to Be Happy Around Kids If You’re Struggling to Conceive Your Own

Consultant Periodontist Joins Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic

Consultant Periodontist Joins Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic

Important Nutrients and Diet Tips for Healthy Male Fertility

Important Nutrients and Diet Tips for Healthy Male Fertility

Review: Relaxing Candle Massage at Royal Retreat Spa

Review: Relaxing Candle Massage at Royal Retreat Spa

Is Candy the Sole Cause of Tooth Decay?

Is Candy the Sole Cause of Tooth Decay?

Client Testimonial: Mauled Arm Saved From Amputation

Client Testimonial: Mauled Arm Saved From Amputation

Polish National Opera to Perform at Dubai Opera Early Next Year

Polish National Opera to Perform at Dubai Opera Early Next Year

Kärcher Pressure Washer: Putting Science to Work

Kärcher Pressure Washer: Putting Science to Work

Car Maintenance Tips for a Long Summer Season in the UAE

Car Maintenance Tips for a Long Summer Season in the UAE

How to Get Your Body Back After Baby Delivery

How to Get Your Body Back After Baby Delivery

How to Prepare Your Child for Nursery School

How to Prepare Your Child for Nursery School

7 Challenges When Relocating with Children

7 Challenges When Relocating with Children

Top 4 First Aid Skills That You Need to Learn

Top 4 First Aid Skills That You Need to Learn

Refresh Your Knowledge at Superior Minds!

Refresh Your Knowledge at Superior Minds!