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Real Estate Glossary

Operating costs

Operating costs include all those current costs that arise from property ownership and the way you use your property. They do not, however, include one-off cost items. Accordingly, expenditures for water supply and grey water disposal, heating, street cleaning, facility cleaning, garbage collection, lighting, required insurance policies, and other service charges qualify as operating costs. Among other eligible cost items are, for instance, the property tax, as well as the cleaning and maintenance of heating and hot water supply installations.

If you let your condominium, the lease contract will normally allocate the operating costs to the tenant. In this case, you need to compile a running cost settlement for the tenant each year. If, by contrast, you owner-occupy your condo, you pay for the overhead out of your own pocket.

Non-recoverable operating costs include, inter alia, management costs arising from the management of your residential property portfolio, as well as maintenance and reinstatement costs. This sort of cost item cannot be allocated to the tenant.

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