Switzerland will accept nothing but Francs, and whilst it is legally possible in France, it is not the normal thing to do. And even if it was, it’s much easier for everyone if you buy your ski home in the local currency.
Strict property development restrictions in Switzerland mean that buying a re-sale or off-the-plan ski chalet or apartment is the only way to go. And if Switzerland is the place you want to call home, you might want to get in quick! Thanks to Lex Weber regulations, in Swiss communes with more than 20% holiday homes second-home new builds are not allowed, which unfortunately includes popular ski resorts such as Verbier and Zermatt. Add to this the Lex Koller rules which limits the number of foreigners allowed to purchase homes in each Canton and Switzerland can be a tough place to buy. The more popular resorts such as Verbier have already reached the 20% limit, and only new ski properties which are already being built will be available to purchase.
The process is a lot more straight-forward in France, but as in any ski resort, plots of land are hard to come by.
Yes – but the process for obtaining the correct permit is a lengthy one. The rules and regulations associated with running a guest house in the Alps are strict, and if you buy a building that was intended for private ownership to run a business, the conversion process is a complicated one. Much better to purchase a commercial building straight off the bat.
Unfortunately not, but nearly every ski resort offers a "local’s" price with a significant discount for ski home owners and those who live in the ski resort year-round.
Absolutely – in fact most people (94% according to Knight Frank) with holiday homes in the Alps intend to rent out their homes to cover costs for their own ski trips. Local management companies and websites like Airbnb have made the process easy for all involved, and extremely profitable for the owners.
Yep! What dog wouldn’t love a life in the mountains? Even if you buy a ski apartment, it would be a very rare thing that the co-op wouldn’t let you bring your best friend along. Beware though – your pup must have a valid pet passport to travel between countries! This means regular vet visits to make sure that all the vaccinations are up to date – otherwise you’ll have to leave your poor pooch at the border.
Until the Brexit negotiations take place, everything at this point is speculation. At the very least, we can be confident that in a worst-case scenario we would be allowed the same rights as most non-EU nationals, which is 6 months a year in the EU.
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