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Chambre des baux et loyers

The Chambre des baux et loyers is one of the 4 chambers of the Cour civile de la Cour de justice. It is the objections authority against the judgments of the Tribunal des baux et loyers and of the Commission de conciliation en matière de baux et loyers.

Contacts

Address

Address

Place du Bourg-de-Four 1
Building A
1204 Genève

Contact details

Summer hours from July 4 through August 19, 2022, included

Desk-telephone
9h-12h / 14h-16h

Regular opening hours

Desk-telephone
8h-12h / 14h-16h

Mailing address

Chambre des baux et loyers
Case postale 3108
1211 Genève 3

Composition

Competences

The Chambre des baux et loyers rules on appeals in the following areas:

It is about disputes concerning the lease contract, usufructuary lease (restaurant, hotel) concerning a real estate property (housing, commercial premises) and the Law protecting the securities provided by the tenants (LGFL - I 4 10).

Organization

The judges of the Chambre des baux et loyers work in close collaboration with jurists and, for the administrative follow-up of the proceedings and the record of hearings in court, with a clerk.

The Chambre des baux et loyers is composed of 3 career judges and in most cases 2 assessor judges (one representing the tenants and the other representing the real estate companies).

The Chambre des baux et loyers’ Office can be reached by telephone at the times mentioned, for questions relating to a pending proceeding. It does not provide legal advice.

Proceeding

You must submit your appeal/objection to the Chambre des baux et loyers within the time limit provided for by law, in written form, in one copy per party, by post or by depositing it directly at the desk of the Chamber or at the Greffe universel. It must be written in French and signed.

Your appeal/objection must imperatively:

  • Name the parties and their possible lawyers, indicating the contact details of each
  • Name the decision being appealed, a copy of which must be attached
  • Specify in a concrete way the factual and legal reasons for which you are challenging the contested decision (motivation)
  • Indicate what you wish to obtain (conclusions)
  • Enclose all useful documents

Thematic guide

Rental deposit

The person from whom you are renting your apartment is delaying making repairs that are his/her responsibility. You can deposit your rent.

Questions/answers

In civil matters, the parties can generally be represented by their lawyer. However, they are required to appear personally in 2 cases: when the court has expressly ordered it and at conciliation hearings.

At conciliation hearings, however, the parties may be represented when they are domiciled outside the canton or when they are prevented from appearing due to illness, age or other good reasons.

Please note: the presence of minor children who have not been summoned (even babies) is only allowed in court with the agreement of the judge.

In civil matters, yes, because the minor child must be represented by his/her legal representative. Exceptionally, the child can act without the assistance of his/her legal representative if he/she is exercising a strictly personal right.

- In civil proceedings, hearings are public with 3 exceptions: hearings pertaining to family law are not public; the court may order that hearings be held in a closed session when a private or public interest requires it; hearings in conciliation proceedings are never public.

- In criminal proceedings, the hearings of the Chambre pénale d'appel et de révision are in principle public while those of the Chambre pénale de recours are not.

Yes, in the following cases:

  • At the stage of conciliation
  • At any stage of the proceedings, if the hearing is public

See also

Cour de justice

The Cour de justice is the authority of appeal and last instance in the canton against decisions rendered by the criminal prosecution authority and against first instance judgments in criminal, civil and administrative matters. It also rules as a single instance when the law so provides.

Tribunal des baux et loyers

This court intervenes in the context of disputes relating to a lease contract or a non-agricultural usufructuary lease contract involving an immovable property.

Civil law branch

The civil courts have jurisdiction to issue a final decision concerning disputes arising between individuals or legal entities.