Jungfrau Zeitung – No layoffs due to high ancillary costs

energy crisis | December 3, 2022

Sharply rising ancillary costs are likely to pose financial problems for quite a few tenants. Several industry associations and organizations are appealing to landlords to refrain from threatening to evict their tenants if they cannot pay on time.

Swiss franc. It could become scarce for some Swiss in the future.Photo: Keystone, Georgios Kefalas

Instead, the homeowners’ association of the canton of Bern, the tenants’ association of the canton of Bern and Casafair Mittelland should agree on payment of the additional costs in instalments.

Tenants, in turn, should inform the landlord as early as possible if a financial bottleneck is emerging, the associations wrote in a statement on Thursday.

In a joint appeal, the associations advise tenants to voluntarily adjust the monthly ancillary cost contributions to the increased prices, ideally with a written agreement. In this way, it can be avoided that high or even higher additional payments are due again with the next billing.

The associations also support the federal and cantonal austerity appeals. With a more economical approach, tenants could reduce their consumption and save costs. Homeowners, on the other hand, could ensure that heaters and boilers are adjusted so that no energy is wasted.