there have never been in Switzerland so many empty apartments as this year: The record is officially confirmed by the Federal government. Again and again the spirit to make settlements, especially in the middle of the country headlines with lock offered, free rent, and co., to move interested parties to the award (LOOK told).

This record would be for some regions, a big Problem, were it not for the Singles. Because in comparison to the previous year and halved the increase in vacancy, namely. Reason for this is due to the increasing number of Single households. The the on Thursday published autumn report “Immo-Monitoring 2020 States that” by the consulting firm Partner, Wüest.

About one third

living alone is Already about a third of the Swiss population lives alone – and the trend is rising. Because the number of single-person households is increasing significantly stronger than those of other household sizes. “This development has intensified in the last five years,” says Immo-expert Robert Weinert (40) of Wüest Partner.

Who, today, does move, this mostly alone: Single-person households currently make up over 50 per cent of newly formed households. The consequence of this is that the Swiss population is distributed on yet more flats. The living space consumption per inhabitant has increased, according to Weinert strong. “Five years ago, you needed per 100 new residents there are 52 apartments, today there are 65,” says Weinert.

Wealthy Young

The Problem is: If more and more Young people living alone in large flats, then families on the route. For them, the affordable housing is missing.

the stable economic development, as well as a high degree of job security and slightly rising real incomes contributed to this. “Young people can afford, today, earlier, my own apartment,” says the real estate professional. But also the wide range befeuere the demand in addition, he confirms.

young is the Single-‘ll be mostly chosen on a voluntary basis. The Situation is different in the case of many older people live in their own house: “When property are usually people whose partners have died. You are, therefore, not willingly alone,” says Kathrin Eliasson, economist at the home owners Association HEV Switzerland.

financial incentives

not lack For elderly people living alone, people with property it is worth, in turn, financially, to change the living situation. “A new apartment in the city usually costs more than the house in the country,” said Eliasson. “And the rent for an apartment is in most cases higher than the mortgage interest rate, which is obtained in the case of residential property.”

a further important factor is yet to come: “indeed, the residential property has a very high emotional component,” says Immo-expert Robert Weinert (40) of Wüest Partner. The residents hang on to their four walls because they have a history. Since rational arguments count for little.

Solo-to Live is helping to push the vacancy rate. However, for the Eco-balance sheet is not Alone-Living sustainably: “From an ecological point of view this is, of course, makes little sense,” says Eliasson. “Because the higher, the living space per Person, the higher the energy consumption.” Especially the Heating costs are, therefore, – the water – and power consumption with less people, lower.

also, the tenant sees the inside and the tenants ‘ Association of Switzerland (MV) so. “This is resource-waste,” says General Secretary Natalie Imboden. The Problem: the housing market will be built according to Imboden very standardized and very expensive apartments. There is little room for Innovation.

there is No improvement in sight

“That corresponds to the needs of the population”, she added. Many Singles, for example, would have no need for luxury apartments. This means that the Immobranche plans to the needs of the population.

The resource waste is even further next year, although at a slightly lower level. The real estate experts Wüest partners expect that in this area, in 2020, approximately 1.9 percent less output – for apartments in multi-family houses, even 2.8 per cent less.

in Spite of these new Trends the vacancy rates for apartments will increase according to the current Immo-Monitoring for the time being. “Neither Single households is still decreasing at the end of construction assets to thwart this development completely,” says Weinert.

Airbnb does not help against vacancy

In contrast to the middle of the country-municipalities were in many tourist regions and urban vacancy rates fell since the beginning of the year. Responsible for a growing number of tenants who use an apartment as a Second home is not last. An example of Lauterbrunnen BE, the gold mine for Airbnb-apartment mediator.

More than ten percent of rental properties in the tourist areas are advertised for use as a holiday home, such as from the Wüest Partner, Report shows. Although these objects have in some cases only during the winter months the tenant. However, if you are not in the summer, put out to tender, they are not considered empty.

Even in urban locations the demand for second homes is still large, mainly in the Segment of rental housing. in the Swiss city centres were also in demand, according to the second housing statistics between 2017 and 2019, an average of 10.6 percent of the additional areas of people who have their primary residence elsewhere in Switzerland.

But in the end the Airbnb effect in the tourism destinations, the increasing vacancy rate can not slow down, say the experts of Wüest Partner. (dvo)