Owning or managing a real estate is an amazing but is has its own challenges. It is both an honor and a huge and tiresome responsibility that requires diligence for various things. It is more like a thankless assignment, since you are the owner and has to take care of not only yourself but your estate/property, its security, your tenant rights, your tenant’s security, tenant contractual needs etc.
Why do you need a rental lawyer in Belgium?
While real estate renting could greatly boost your income, it could also become an exceptional burden for you to manage on your own. Fortunately, Belgium has a very efficient system of rental law that benefits both the tenant and the owner. However, you may come across various problems regarding rental law which may be very time-consuming and hefty to manage on your own. Such problems may include:
- Your tenant demands you to pay for internal repairs;
- Your tenant requests for an extension of the rental payments;
- Your tenant defaults contractual payments;
- Tenant damages property;
- Illegal or promiscuous behavior on your real estate; etc
While landlords may face rental problems, the tenants may also get their share of rental problems such as landlords demanding to empty the house before the lease ends; the landlord asks to make huge-cost repairs that you are not responsible for etc. Other rental problems included in the Belgian rental law may include:
The rules concerning the rental of property intended as a principal place of residence are stated in the residential rental law.
The rules concerning the rental of space used for retail or by a tradesman who deals directly with the public are stated in the commercial rental law.
General Rental law:
If real estate is not let for use as a principal residence, or as retail space or as premises for carrying out a trade, the lease will be governed by the general rental law as stated in the Civil Code
What do we do?
Almost every rental requires a contract. Most people are either too busy to form the right rental contracts including all of their requirements as a tenant and/or landlord on their own. Also a typical rental contract duration in Belgium is nine years. However, since it is a very long period it may need several updates/changes during the term of the rental contract such as an adaptation of the rental payments, adjustment of the rental contracts with domestic price inflations, ending of a lease early or extension of a rental lease etc. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord/real estate owner, you can request legal counsel from our rental lawyers right away.