This legal guide provides an introduction to Dutch real estate law. It serves as a practical guideline for real estate transactions and financing in the Netherlands.
As we say in the Netherlands: Onbekend maakt onbemind (Unknown, unloved). Some readers of this legal guide may be familiar with the Dutch real estate market, but in addition to knowledge of the real estate market at large, a working knowledge of Dutch real estate law is essential in order to operate on the Dutch real estate market. This legal guide is intended to provide you with that working knowledge.
Dutch law has certain particularities compared with other legal systems, such as Common Law systems. Under Dutch law, for instance, agreements need not be recorded in writing; oral agreements are also binding, with a few exceptions regarding consumer sales. Also, the literal text of the contract is not decisive and restrictions apply to the unilateral termination of negotiations.