In this arrangement, residents do not own the real estate themselves. The title deeds are held by the cooperative. However, shareholders are entitled to use the property for as long as they hold shares.
The housing cooperative - known as a Wohnbaugenossenschaft in German and as a Coopérative d’habitation in French - is common in Switzerland. Cooperative housing is among the most affordable housing in the country.
Swiss law defines clear legal requirements which cooperative housing schemes and holders of cooperative housing shares must abide by.
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