In this article, we’re looking at a few of the specifics when it comes to ending a tenancy contract in a Zurich property. A tenant can end the tenancy with a simple letter, but the landlord must follow Swiss law and provide the correct form dictated by their canton.
We’ll show a sample of the form/letter giving a tenant notice (in Zurich) further into this account, and also how a tenant should put together their tenancy resignation letter (in Zurich municipalities).
Either the landlord or tenant in Zurich can bring a tenancy to an end. However, the correct procedure must be followed, and all legal requirements fulfilled.
The law tends to protect tenants rights, especially against being evicted without just reason or by the correct channels.
The Zurich rental contract
When it comes to renting a property in Zurich, each tenant will have to declare specific personal information about themselves and any other tenants. This data should be covered within the application form.
Typically, these include age, marital status, profession, employer, salary, if they have children or pets and their residency status. They will also have to show their ability to pay the rent.
A tenant can ask the landlord to make amendments to the contract where they think the document could cause issues in the future, depending on their circumstances.
The contract includes:
- Monthly rent
- Period of tenancy
- Notice periods
- Payment date
- Additional costs
- Deposit amount
- Redecoration agreement
- Conditions of rent increases
- Inventory of items (where furnished)
- House rules
- Repairs responsibilities
Each contract can be a fixed-term agreement or one of indefinite duration. Where the contract is of indefinite duration, the landlord must give 3 months’ notice when they require the tenant to vacate the property and provide an acceptable reason.
Standard rental contracts in Zurich run for a minimum period of one year.
The landlord or their agent will command and hold a deposit of between one and three months’ rent.
Short-term rental contracts
Rental properties can be difficult to procure in Switzerland because of the high-demand rental market. Because of this, there are alternate means of finding a more short-term home.
Subletting in Zurich
Seeing as though most landlords are reluctant to engage in short-term letting, sub-letting is legal and commonplace. For both landlords and tenants alike, this can regularly provide a simpler solution that suits all parties.
Ending a rental contract
They usual notice period when ending a Zurich rental contract is 3 months. However, because each rental contract is made between the landlord and tenant, it’s often the case that a more appropriate or suitable period was decided between them both and outlined in the document.
Rental termination by the tenant
A tenant needs to provide a house or apartment rental termination letter (in Zurich municipalities), delivered by registered post or by hand, outlining the date of departure.
If the tenant is married, or there is more than one tenant in the building, each party must be covered in the termination letter, and they must all add their signatures.
Where a tenant needs to terminate the rental contract within the agreed rental period, they are still liable and are obliged to pay the rent for the rest of the term.
However, if a tenant needs to leave the property during the tenancy period, they have the opportunity to propose a replacement tenant to the landlord, who can take over their residency. If the replacement tenant is acceptable to the landlord, they will carry on under the same rules and regulations laid out in the original contract. The original tenant is no longer bound by the rental rules.
By the landlord
In cases where the landlord ends the contract, giving tenants a notice letter in Zurich isn’t legally acceptable. They must notify their tenants using the corresponding form available from the Swiss Government. Each landlord should provide a completed copy of the form, supplied by their specific canton and municipality, and where required by the tenant, provide the grounds of its termination.
Tenancy contract cancellation letter/form (in Zurich)
In place of a sample notice letter for a tenant being asked to move out in Zurich, the following is an example of a typical form supplied by a Swiss canton.
For any landlords and property owners who require further information on how to give tenants a notice letter/form in Zurich, we would always advise seeking the correct legal guidance.
Sample form/letter giving notice to the tenant in Zurich
Application for expulsion
Address of the property:
Names and addresses of all landlords, tenants, and their representatives
The tenant is obliged to [exact description of the rental property, in particular type (residential- or business premises, cellar, garage) and number of rooms, floor, address] immediately vacate and properly hand over to the landlord, under the Order of the Cover in the event of an injunction.
The [insert district/town] should be instructed, at the request of the to enforce the defendant’s obligation.
I ask for party compensation: Yes /No (not for proceedings before the arbitration board)
The respondent is to be condemned [exact description of the rental property, especially the type (residential or business premises, basement, screed, garage) and number of rooms, floor, address] immediately vacate and properly hand over to the applicant.
The [insert district/town] should be instructed to issue the judgment at the request to enforce the applicant.
Current gross rent per month:
Rent: Fr. per month yearly
Disputed amount: (not necessary for proceedings before the arbitration board) Fr.
Reason: Please note the respective checklists for information on the reasons for your request.
Sample letter of termination of the tenancy agreement by the tenant
The following is a typical tenancy termination letter from tenant to landlord. It must be delivered by registered post or by hand within the notice period dictated in the contract.
Locality: Zurich, [date]
CONCERNED: Termination of lease
Ladies and gentlemen,
I hereby inform you to terminate the lease agreement for the date [insert date]
Can you kindly confirm the acceptance of the termination to the date indicated?
If the termination is not accepted to the date indicated, I would ask you to provide a date which is suitable and the reasons why.
Awaiting your response, kind regards.
[Signature of tenant]