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Template of German Land Sale & Purchase Agreement

Buying real estate in Germany When you wish to sell or buy a house or apartment in Germany the agreement must be signed before a German notary (see sections 873 and 925 German Civil Code) because the German Land Registry will only accept instructions from such notary (details). We have explained the legal procedure of conveyancing in Germany here.   The parties must be extremely careful that the notarial agreement does contain the entire understanding between…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
July 3, 2013
Conveyancing Germany

Legal Guide to buying a House or Apartment in Germany

Buying Real Estate in Germany as a Foreigner Compared with the UK and the USA, relatively few Germans own their own home. As Guardian recently titled: "Brits buy homes, Germans rent". To rent an apartment or even a house is much more common in Germany, especially since a tenant (lessee) is extremely well protected by German law. A landlord cannot simply terminate a residential rental agreement but must have legitimate cause (Sec 573 German Civil…