Finding a house

There are plenty of reasonably priced, comfortable options available with regard to accommodation in Leuven, whether you want to buy or to rent.

Action steps

  • Decide which criteria are important for you:
    • Location and neighborhood
    • Proximity of facilities: school, public transport, shops, …
    • Type of accommodation: an apartment or a house with a garden, furnished or unfurnished
    • Period: a short or a longer period
    • Budget
    • Do you want to buy or to rent?
  • The best way to find a house is to contact a real estate agency. You find a list with recognized agencies on http://www.biv.be/de-vastgoedmakelaar/alle-vastgoedmakelaars-vind-je-hier (only in Dutch or French).
  • It is a common practice to rent a short-stay-accommodation first. It gives you time to explore your options, so you can make a well-informed decision for your permanent accommodation.

Renting a home

  • A rental contract is signed between the lessor (usually the owner) and the tenant.
  • The payment of a deposit / rental guarantee is required (generally the amount of two months’ rent).
  • When you move into the accommodation, an inventory of the fixtures and fittings has to be drawn up.

Buying a home

  • A provisional sales agreement is signed between the buyer and seller and a fixed deposit is paid. This step is binding.
  • After a few months, the final sale takes place: the notarial act is signed and the outstanding amount is paid.  Notary fees and registration fees will also be due.

Attention points

  • Once you are the owner of a house, you will have to pay an annual property tax.
  • If you rent a house, the lessor is obliged to register the rental contract. The registration gives the contract a fixed date and becomes binding on third parties.

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