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Q&A: 52 years of condominium ownership in the swiss civil code | 52 questions & Answers

Posted by on 12 December 2017

It has been 52 years since condominium ownership was established by law in Switzerland. As an alternative to buying one's own house, it has since then become an institution in Switzerland. Nevertheless, there are still many questions concerning condominium owner-ship that often give rise to disputes between condominium owners.


In contrast to the owner of a house, a condominium owner is not allowed to do anything that he or she wishes, but rather has to take into account the other condominium owners - at least if the exterior appearance of the building is affected.
This Q&A is designed to provide a good overview of condominium ownership and the rights and obligations of individual condominium owners and to provide tips on buying condominium property.

We have covered the following points for you in the Q&A:

  1. General information on condominiums
  2. Rights and obligations of condominium owners
  3. The organisation of condominium owners
  4. Costs of the condominium owners' association
  5. The renovation fund
  6. Liability and assurance
  7. Dissolution of the condominium owners' association
  8. Sale of condominiums

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Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is well known for his expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Lucien assists damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and he is active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters. Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998 with a thesis on the jurisdiction of courts at the place of performance of an obligation under the Lugano and Brussels Conventions. (He graduated with the distinction summa cum laude and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, awarded for outstanding theses graded with the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school.) He has worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich. His working languages are German, English, Italian and French.Lucien is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is, president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and president of the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU) as well as a Member of the Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF). He is a board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe, and member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) and the Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera). Lucien is a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

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Romina A. Brogini

Romina Brogini's practice focuses on public and civil litigation and arbitration with a special focus on real estate transactions. She advises clients on all aspects of construction and public procurement law and regularly assists companies in complex public tender procedures. Romina Brogini also acted as counsel in a number of competition law proceedings before competition authorities and civil courts and advised clients in several arbitrations under the ICC-Rules. Romina Brogini joined Froriep as an associate in 2014 having previously worked for a leading Swiss law firm in Zurich. Romina Brogini obtained her Master of Law degree from the University of Berne in 2009 and was admitted to the Berne Bar in 2011. Her legal internships were with a bilingual law firm in Biel and the public prosecutor's office for white-collar crime in Berne. Romina Brogini is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). Her working languages are German, English, Italian and French.

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