Encouragement of home ownership

Encouragement of home ownership

You want to finance home ownership with pension fund assets

You can withdraw pension savings in the following cases:

  • Purchase of a condo or a house
  • Acquisition of shares in a cooperative
  • Amortization/insuring of a mortgage
  • Construction of a condo or a house
  • Renovation, conversion, or extension of a condo or family home already in your possession

With an early withdrawal, your pension savings become smaller, you may receive less interest credit, and your benefits may be reduced. We would be happy to offer you an overview in order to allow you to accurately assess your personal situation before and after an early withdrawal. In order to make you an offer, we need the following information:

  • Your current address
  • The amount that you want to draw in advance
  • The exact date on which you want to carry out your early withdrawal

You can provide us with this information by phone at 0800 80 80 80.

Information sheet on financing home ownership with pension fund assets

How to proceed

  1. Once you have decided on an early withdrawal, you must submit a written application and submit it along with the required documents. Which supporting documents are required depends on your specific plans. The check list of the necessary supporting documents gives you more precise information.
  2. Please send the completed documents to:

    Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
    Help Point BVG
    P.O. Box
    8085 Zurich
    bvg@zurich.ch

Next steps

Once we have received and checked your application and all of the required supporting documents, we will pay you the early withdrawal on your desired date. If the date of the payment is in the future, we will confirm the payment  to you in writing.

Please note

  • You can only use pension fund assets for the financing of an apartment or a single-family home that you will inhabit yourself.
  • An early withdrawal is only possible every five years.
  • You need to withdraw at least CHF 20,000.00 per early withdrawal.
  • Purchases of additional pension benefits may not be withdrawn in advance until three years after their purchase date (incl. interest).
  • An early withdrawal is only possible up to three years before normal retirement age.
  • Once you are over 50 years old, you can either draw a maximum of half of your current pension savings or the exact amount of your pension savings that you had at the time of your 50th birthday. 
  • The encouragement of home ownership abroad is possible provided that the home is occupied by oneself and that it is the primary residence.
  • The payment of the early withdrawal only becomes possible three months before the transfer of ownership of property.
  • The payment of early withdrawal is reported as a capital payment to the federal tax administration.
  • If the property is in Switzerland, the foundation informs the responsible land registry office of the advance withdrawal. The land registry office registers a sales restriction to secure the purpose of the pension.

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