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Real Estate Glossary

Allocation of operating costs

If a condominium is rented, the operation cost can be partially passed on to the tenant. The criteria for redistribution as the apartment size or the consumption for example water or heating oil determine the amount of costs for each tenant. The landlord of the apartment is responsible to send the tenant the operational cost account to a maximum of twelve month after the end of the accounting period.

The operating costs ordinance regulates which cost positions are allocable costs. The following costs are allocable:

  • Current taxes, that are incurred for the property, such as land
  • Fees for water
  • Fees for drainage
  • Heating costs
  • Fees for hot water supply
  • Costs related to heating and hot water supply
  • Operating costs for elevator
  • Fees for waste disposal and street
  • Charges for residential building cleaning
  • Charges for garden care
  • Fees for the lightings of rooms, which are used by all, and also for outdoor lighting
  • Fees for the chimney
  • Premiums for property and liability insurance
  • Fees for the janitor
  • Costs for the media supply, for example to operate a community antenna system
  • Costs for the operation of washing machines and dryers
  • Other operating costs such as a sauna and a swimming pool


The following costs are not allocable:

  • Capital cost effect
  • Fees for the administrative authority
  • Cost of maintenance and repair

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