As its name suggests, landlord and tenant law (droit de bail) governs contractual relationships between landlords and tenants, as well as between tenants and sub-tenants. While it applies mainly to housing, the law can also apply, for example, to industrial premises or restaurants. The regulations comprising landlord and tenant law have multiplied since the 1970s because the housing shortage required tenants’ protection to be reinforced. As a result, landlord and tenant law comprises a combination of regulations: some issues are governed by mandatory clauses, while other aspects of contractual relationships can be organized more freely. Currently this law is complex, for tenant and landlord alike, and the services of an attorney specialized in the field can prove not only invaluable but even essential. A few frequently asked questions serve to illustrate the types of problems involved. From a landlord’s perspective: I would like to undertake significant work to maintain the value of the building – are the planned works permitted? Can I recover my costs via the rent and, if so, how? As a tenant: the property agency has terminated my lease in order to carry out significant building work, but I have lived in the building for twenty years and would have agreed to put up with the inconvenience linked to the work – is the termination valid?
Avocats concernés :- Xavier Rubli
- Jean-Claude Perroud
- Antonella Cereghetti
- Luc Recordon