The state-owned companies SBB and Post, of all things, charge interest for rental properties that could sometimes be abusive – at least from the tenant’s point of view. Lawsuits are pending.
After Blick made this public, several readers came forward. And Blick knows that tenants in the Meret-Oppenheim high-rise at the Basel SBB train station are also complaining.
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Blick had published an internal analysis paper that gave the impression that the SBB were aware that they were probably generating too high rental returns. The SBB reply that they are a fair landlord and emphasize that the SBB apartments are on average cheaper than usual on the market, even a third are “cheap”. The aim is to offer 50 percent of all apartments in the low-price segment.
The internal paper does not give this impression.
… Post see themselves as fair
In Zurich-Oerlikon, it is Postfinance that is involved in a legal dispute with tenants. Here, too, it’s about the return – even if the rent for the spacious apartment doesn’t seem extremely expensive by Zurich standards.
However, when black sheep demand excessive rents in urban areas, that does not mean that state-owned companies should also drive up earnings. Like SBB, Postfinance sees itself as a fair lessor.
While the GLP requires state-owned companies to publish real estate returns, an initiative by the SP national councilor Jacqueline Badran (60) calls for a periodic review for all landlords who offer several apartments. This would expose too high yields.