Corona crisis: National Council leaves business tenants hanging

After months of scrambling, the commercial rent law is about to be extinguished. With 100 to 87 votes with seven abstentions, the National Council rejects the new law in the overall vote. A majority from SVP, FDP and CVP had prevailed.

“We already have a solution with the hardship regulation in the Covid-19 Act,” said CVP National Councilor Philipp Matthias Bregy (42, VS), summarizing the opposition of the opponents. SP National Councilor Jacqueline Badran (59, ZH), on the other hand, was annoyed: “It is heavenly sad what the bourgeoisie have done here – a tragedy hostile to trade.” It’s just 1.6 percent annual rent loss in a high-margin industry.

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