Rented dwellings

At the end of 2017, 2.2 million households in Switzerland (59%) lived in a rented dwelling. The urban cantons Basel-Stadt (84%) and Geneva (78%) had the highest proportion of rented dwellings whereas the cantons Valais (39%) and Jura (42%) had the lowest. Tenant households were primarily single-person households (44%) or couple households with or without children (45%). These two household types correspond to 36% and 55% of all households, respectively.
The FSO’s surveys provide information on rental prices and the type of owners of rented dwellings.

Rent

Regardless of size, the average net rent in 2017 was CHF 1329 at national level. The highest rents were found in the cantons of Zug, Zurich and Schwyz. The cheapest cantons are Jura, Neuchâtel and Glarus.

Average rent paid by tenants and cooperative members by number of rooms
  1990 2000 2017 IC*
Average rent (in CHF) 820 1,059 1,329 3
one-room dwellings 492 598 752 8
two-room dwellings 641 814 1,061 6
three-room dwellings 761 976 1,270 4
four-room dwellings 945 1,198 1,519 6
five-room dwellings 1,249 1,526 1,855 14
dwellings with 6 rooms and more 1,626 1,978 2,323 41
*Confidence interval 2017: ± (in CHF) Sources: Federal population census, Structural survey

Owners of rented dwellings

Almost half of all rented dwellings were owned by private individuals in 2018. There are regional differences.  

Type of owners of rented dwellings by size of dwellings, 2018
  small
(1 to 2 rooms)
medium
(3 to 4 rooms)
large
(5 to 6 rooms)
Type of owners in % VI* in % VI* in % VI*
Private individuals 46.2 2.9 46.5 1.6 53.9 3.3
Public sector   (4.1)   (1.2) 3.8 0.6 7.2 1.8
Cooperative 7.5 1.6 8.9 0.9 6.0 1.7
Construction company or real estate agency 7.6 1.6 6.6 0.8 5.0 1.4
Other joint stock company/
limited liability company/ corporation
33.8 2.8 33.9 1.5 27.3 2.9
Other type of owner   (0.7)   (0.5)   (0.3)   (0.2)   (0.6)   (0.4)
* Confidence interval: ± (in % points)
(number): Extrapolation based on fewer than 50 observations. The results should be interpreted with great caution.
( ) : Fewer than 5 observations. Not indicated due to inadequate statistical reliability.
Source: FSO – rental index

Survey basis and explanations

The results on the type of owner of rented dwellings come from the quarterly rental index survey. The sample covers some 6400 rented dwellings. The data collected every quarter are cumulated over a year to ensure statistical reliability.

Further information

Tables

Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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