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

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 4:52:26 PM

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 commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. 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 published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures Sports Law at the University of Zurich and at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in all fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He also advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters, including the recovery and enforcement of state debts.

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Romina’s practice focuses on public and civil litigation and arbitration matters as well as Swiss and European competition law. She has acted as counsel in a number of sport-related arbitrations under the TAS/CAS-Rules and in related annulment proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. Romina also acts as counsel in competition law matters before competition authorities and civil courts and regularly advises on corporate and construction law. Romina joined Froriep as an associate in 2014, having previously worked for a leading Swiss law firm in Zurich. Romina 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 law firm in Berne and the public prosecutor's office for white-collar crime in Berne. Her working languages are German, English, Italian and French.

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