The new Belgian Property Law Code
The new Belgian property law code entered into force on 1 September 2021. The reform replaces old laws dating back to 1824 (long term lease right and building right), integrates provisions on mortgage publicity and certain legal easements and codifies key jurisprudence on neighbor nuisance for example. Furthermore, the reform aims to modernize the rights in rem, to make them more apt for new real estate developments, and to create more flexibility, for instance regarding duration.
Key highlights in a 5-minute read
The below infographics are intended to provide a useful summary of the most important changes in the new property law code, and to give you, as real estate practitioner, one key consideration per topic to keep in mind. So, no lengthy explanations or legal jargon, just effective, creative and proactive information.
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- Long term lease (erfpacht/emphytéose);
- Building right (opstalrecht/droit de superficie);
- Usufruct (vruchtgebruik/usufruit);
- Easements (erfdienstbaarheden/servitudes);
- Neighbor nuisance (burenhinder/troubles de voisinage);
- Mortgage publicity regime (publicatie in het hypotheekregister/publicité dans les registres hypothècaires);
- Rights in rem and personal rights on the public domain use (gebruik van het openbaar domein/usage du domaine public).
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