Population: 11,250,585 GDP: $473,524,000,000 Avg. Weekly Earnings: €522.75 Avg. Apartment Price (Per. Sq. M.): €3,023.00 For 120-sq. m. apartment in city centre Avg. Monthly Rent: €970.62
In our ongoing examination of tenancy laws and rent control practices in the European Union now looks at Belgian rentals. In 1991, an uncharacteristic rise in rents, particularly in Brussels and the surrounding area, prompted a statute devoted to private tenancy to be introduced into the Civil Code.
This statute, which was reformed in 1997, aims to increase the equitable relationship between landlords and tenants, and ensure protection of tenants and their family housing. Additionally, the Belgian Parliament inserted into their Constitution, in 1993, the right to enjoy suitable housing as a fundamental right and freedom of Belgian citizens.
Belgian tenancy law is subdivided into two parts: federal law and regional restrictions. At the federal level, it is stipulated that tenancy contracts do not impart any real property rights to tenants, with little to no ambiguity, and there is little in the way of consumer protection legislation, other than prohibitions and provisions for recovery …