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Innovation and sustainability

Property plays a crucial role in our society, for instance in the form of homes, office buildings and shops. The property market is currently undergoing enormous changes and facing complex challenges, such as a rising volume of vacant office and retail space and the increasingly risk-averse strategies being adopted by investors and financiers. Meanwhile, government intervention is also bringing about changes - take for instance the changes to the property rules that have taken effect on 1 January 2012, which will alter the way in which healthcare-related property is valued, potentially leading to a reduction in asset values, with all the associated implications.


Structural changes

There is a growing awareness in the property sector that structural changes are necessary in order to bring supply and demand into alignment. Innovation and sustainability are paramount in this respect. For instance, can new uses be found for outdated, vacant properties? Is it possible to satisfy demands for greater sustainability? And what opportunities are offered by the New World of Work? As construction volumes shrink, quality is becoming a more pressing issue, thereby requiring co-operation between parties and better project management.


Our added value

The Property Law department of DVDW Advocaten is keenly aware of all these developments. This means that we can take a constructive, proactive approach to help you consider and prevent problems, as well as helping you determine a strategy and draw up a plan for tackling development and renovation projects. The aim is to ensure that the value of your property portfolio increases and that you can actually collect the rent and instalment payments due to you, or obtain sufficient certainty that payment will ultimately be received.


Tailor-made solutions

Where necessary, we offer tailor-made solutions for contracts of sale, leases, construction and project development agreements. We also know exactly how to tackle negotiations about limiting accommodation costs or problems with clients or contractors.



In the property world, the government plays an indispensable role as a regulator, permit issuer, supervisory and enforcement authority. In addition, the government is also a land owner, which means that government and business may have either shared or conflicting interests. There has been an explosion of new environmental law regulations in recent years, affecting every new project in a number of different respects. Given all of these developments, it can be very difficult to see the wood for the trees. Fortunately, DVDW Advocaten has the necessary know-how and expertise to guide you through this forest of regulations and ensure that your project can be completed to your satisfaction.


Benefit from our expertise

Sale transactions

  • Drafting and evaluating contracts of sale for property
  • Project development and operation in the property sector
  • The legal position and liability of estate agents and other intermediaries
  • Infringements of rights of ownership and use
  • Litigation on disputes that arise from contracts of sale or the associated negotiations
  • Visible and hidden defects
  • Warranties and security rights


  • Drafting and evaluating leases for commercial property
  • Lease termination proceedings
  • Renovations (strategy and plan for the termination of leases)
  • Rent disputes and revisions
  • Residential leases
  • Debt collection and attachment
  • Eviction proceedings

Property rights

  • Advice and litigation on the rights and duties of neighbours
  • Apartment rights (residents' association disputes)
  • Advice and litigation on servitudes
  • Ground leases
  • Obligations attached to property

Construction law and contracts

  • Drafting and advising on construction contracts
  • Drafting and advising on development contracts
  • Liability of parties involved in construction, such as the contractor, architect and subcontractor
  • Construction arbitration
  • Liability for pollution

Spatial planning and the environment

  • Advising and litigating on environmental permits
  • Advising and litigating on zoning plans
  • Providing legal advice and assistance regarding spatial planning/construction disputes and the laws governing water and the environment
  • Providing advice and assistance in relation to the Crisis and Recovery Act
  • Enforcement and supervision by the government

Government liability and damages

  • Unlawful government acts
  • Compensation for losses caused by government acts
  • Losses caused by planning decisions

Land acquisition and use

  • Municipal preferential rights and expropriation
  • Land use and the recovery of costs
  • Contracts with government institutions

Other government-related matters

  • Open government
  • Subsidies
  • The public domain

Key contact Property law



René Sekeris


Our Expertise

  • Sales transactions
  • Leases
  • Property rights
  • Construction law and contracts
  • Spatial planning and the environment
  • Government liability and damages
  • Land acquisition and use


Property law

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