Termination of rental agreement

Termination of the rental agreement

By the tenant

  • Give a notice in writing by registered post. No need to state the grounds for termination

  • If married  or in a registered partnership, the notice letter has to be signed by both partners otherwise it is not valid

  • The notice period for rented housing is minimum three months (OR, Art.266c)

  • If the rental agreement doesn´t state specific dates when notice can be given then the usual rules in your canton apply.

  • Don´t forget to terminate in writing a parking spot or garage box if you rent one with the apt.

Sample letter – giving notice on time => “Ordentliche Kündigung”


If you want to leave your apartment before the end of the specified notice period

  • You have to find and forward a future tenant to your landlord or management company  

    The person must be solvent, willing to take over the rental agreement under the same conditions and be accepted by the landlord.

  • The landlord has up to 30 days to assess whether the new tenant meets the terms of the rental agreement

  • Important! You are held responsible for the rent and you are legally bind by the existing rental agreement until a future tenant signs new rental agreement  

Samples letter – early termination => “Ausserterminliche Kündigung”

Termination of rental agreement by the landlord

A tenancy agreement may be terminated also by the landlord. The termination is valid if:

  • Tenants is notified about the termination by using an official form authorized by the canton

  • If you are married or in a registered partnership, the notice letter is only valid if it is addressed and sent separately to both partners.

  • Tenants have the right to know the reasons for termination

  • Agreed notice periods and termination dates must be respected

The law protects tenants against wrongful termination.

If you have any doubts, queries or need any assistance with writing a termination letter, please contact us at info@easy-relocation.ch to consult next steps.

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