The order of 27 July 2017, aimed at regionalising residential lease agreements in the Brussels-Capital region, came into force on first of January 2018.
What will change as of 1 January 2018?
New mandatory rules apply to residential lease agreements in general, not just those on people’s main residences.
Specifically, these new rules mainly address the following:
For general residential lease agreements:
- Pre-contractual information that must be provided to the tenant;
- Statements and indications that must be contained in the lease agreement;
- The state of the rented unit and the state of the property, with the introduction of a template for an indicative situational analysis;
- The works, repairs and maintenance that must be carried out during the lease with the introduction of a non-exhaustive list of repairs and maintenance work that the tenant or landlord is responsible for;
- Inclusion of an indicative table of rent;
- Termination and sub-letting;
- The obligations of the lease upon the death of the tenant.
- The duration of the lease;
- The tenant’s right to information in the case of transfer of the rented property;
- The rent guarantee.
New rules will also come into force issued specifically for the leasing of student accommodation, in so far as the parties consent to the application of this new system.
- – Other than the application of rules that apply to residential leases and, where applicable, certain rules that apply to the lease of a principal residence, specific conditions regarding the duration of the lease will apply;
- The creation of a specific certificate for student accommodation is also planned.
New rules specifically relating to house-sharing will also apply, in so far as the parties consent to the application of this new system.
- – Other than the application of rules that apply to residential leases and, where applicable, certain rules that apply to the leasing of a principal residence, specific conditions regarding reputation will come into force;
- There is also a plan for house-sharers to establish a formal house-sharing agreement covering the aspects of communal life as well as the practicalities of this way of living.
Finally, the rules establish new standards on data that may be required of prospective tenants, intergenerational and socially-cohesive accommodation or “bail glissant” for transitions between different forms of tenant status.
Source : News Federia – 16 january 2018