Request for Rent Reduction for Business Premises

Key Points and Swiss Template in English

On this page, we provide you with an overview of the most important aspects of a Request for Rent Reduction for Business Premises in Switzerland, including the elements to be taken into account when drawing up the request.

Subsequently, we will provide you with a legally compliant template of a Request for Rent Reduction for Business Premises  under Swiss law.

Use a Request for Rent Reduction for Business Premises if...

… you rent business premises for a shop and have been required to close it because of the COVID-19 measures imposed by the authorities

… business operations have been severely restricted because of the COVID-19 measures and you seek a reduction of the rent for your premises

Key Points Included in this Request for Rent Reduction

What is a Request for Rent Reduction?

Under this request for rent reduction, the tenant of a commercial property seeks the remission of rent payments, because it has been prevented from using the premises as contractually agreed.

Effective March 17, 2020, authorities have ordered public-health measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing, and most notably the closure of nearly all shops. These measures have had the effect of prohibiting the use of commercial property or rendering it virtually impossible. The law generally treats an obstruction to the use of rented premises for which the tenant is not liable as a defect entitling the tenant to compensation. The compensation sought in this request takes the form of remission resp. a reduction of the rent during the COVID-19 virus crisis.

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