Advisor for foreigners purchasing real estate in Switzerland

Fearing a ‘clearance sale’ in the country, Switzerland first introduced legislation restricting the purchase of real estate by foreigners in 1961. The rules have been relaxed on several occasions, most recently in 1997, and are now known under the name ‘Lex Koller’ (‘Koller's Law’). The law was enacted by the federal government, bringing it into force across Switzerland. The cantons are responsible for ensuring it is enforced. The law, which is based on a negative definition, governs the types of real estate transaction for which foreigners must seek special authorisation.

We are delighted to present this companion to the Lex Koller. It is designed to answer your most important questions but is no substitute for a specific assessment of your own individual situation. We would be happy to provide you with personalised advice.


Here an insight into the table of contents:

  • What is the Lex Koller? A brief introduction.
  • What kind of purchasers does the Lex Koller cover?
  • What uses of real estate require authorisation?
  • What can foreigners purchase easily?
  • Summary tables
  • Is there a Lex Koller for legal entities?


You can either read the advisor directly online or order a printed version from your shop. We look forward to advising you!

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Engel & Völkers
Licence Partner Zermatt – Valais

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