About Enforcement of the Federal Law on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad (LFAIE) Vaud When a property mentions “sale authorised to foreigners”, this refers to the acquisition of holiday homes (commonly referred to as secondary residences) by persons residing abroad. Acquisition of a holiday home by a person residing abroad is subject to various rules. - The property must be located in a so-called “tourist area”. VALAIS VAUD Viège area Sion area Western Rarogne Avenches Evolène Bex: above an altitude of Saas-Fee Hérémence 700 metres Saas-Grund Nax Bullet Saas-Almagell Veysonnaz Chardonne (subject to the Chamoson restrictions introduced Sierre area Conthey by the Decree of Nendaz 25.02.98) Ayer Château-d’Oex Chandolin Chexbres Grimentz Martigny area Corbeyrier St-Jean Gryon Vissoie Leytron: Ovronnaz L’Abbaye Chermignon Martigny La Tour-de-Peilz Icogne Riddes Lausanne (only for Lens Saillon flats in an Aparthotel) St-Luc Saxon Le Chenit Radogne Bagnes: Verbier (except the village) Le Lieu Mollens Orsières: Champex, La Fouly Leysin Chalais Dorénaz: Champex Montreux Grône Salvan Ollon: Ecovets, Chesières, Villars, Arveyes Chablais area Ormont-Dessous Champéry Ormont-Dessus Monthey Rossinière Port-Valais Rougemont St-Gingolph Saint-Cergue Troistorrents Sainte-Croix Val d’Illiez Vevey Vionnaz: Mayen, Torgon Veytaux Vouvry Villeneuve - The main communes in the Lake Geneva area are the following: Vevey, La Tour-de-Peilz, Montreux, Veytaux, Villeneuve, (Chardonne subject to the restrictions introduced by Decree of 25.02.1998) and Chexbres. - The property (apartment or house) must meet certain criteria and surface limitations. The 2 2 lodging’s area may not exceed 200 m , or maximum 250 m if the need can be justified. For 2 2 houses, the plot area may not exceed 1000 m , or maximum 1500 m in specific cases. - Additionally, there is a limited number of authorisations issued each year – for 2010, this is approximately 170 authorisations for the whole Canton Vaud. For the Riviera area (i.e. Chexbres, Chardonne, La Tour-de-Peilz, Vevey, Montreux and Veytaux), 42 authorisations will be issued in 2010. These authorisations are issued as the need arises, i.e. if demand exceeds the annual quota, applications will be carried forward to the following year, or even the year after that. Please look up the following link: http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/territoire/registre-foncier/acquisition-par-des-etrangers/ Fribourg Fribourg also allows the sale of holiday homes to foreigners. The list of communes which allow this is as follows: Albeuve, Botterens, Broc, Bulle, Cerniat, Charmey, Châtel-St-Denis, Châtel-sur- Montsalvens, Crésuz, Enney, Grandvillard, Gruyères, Jaun, Montbovon, Le Pâquier, Plaffeien, Plasselb, Pont-la-Ville, La Roche, La Tour-de-Trême. Permanent Residents These are foreign nationals wishing to settle and take up permanent residence in Switzerland. In that case they should apply for a residence permit (B permit), and there is a distinction between EU and EFTA nationals and nationals of non-European countries. A European with a B-type residence permit may purchase any number of properties without surface limitations. In contrast, non-EU/EFTA nationals may purchase property strictly for their own accommodation, but may not acquire property for rent as an investment, for example. In this case, the maximum plot area for houses should not, in 2 principle, exceed 3000 m .
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