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Parmelin warns of socio-political tensions

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More and more people, fewer and fewer new apartments

Parmelin warns of socio-political tensions

Free apartments are rare in Switzerland. There is actually a need for more and more living space – especially affordable ones. Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin warns of “socio-political tensions” if the situation does not improve.

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There are only a few vacant apartments in Switzerland.

There are currently very few vacant apartments on the market. The vacancy rate fell to 1.31 percent in 2022 – a record low, as the “SonntagsZeitung” writes. And the trend continues to fall. In addition, there has not been a decline of the kind seen in the last two years for decades.

«An insufficient supply of housing can restrict economic development. Socio-political tensions are also possible when rents rise and people on modest incomes can no longer find an apartment,” warns Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin (63) in the article. The Federal Office for Housing (BWO) is therefore planning various measures that affect tenancy law and spatial planning, among other things.

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