Saturday Is No Longer A Working Day From 1 January 2023

Although the vast majority of companies work from Monday to Friday, Belgian labour law still attaches great importance to Saturdays. When the Employment Contracts Act refers to “working days” (e.g. the three-working day period for a dismissal for just cause or the registered letter serving notice that takes effect on the third working day after it is sent), Saturdays must always […]

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Theme Day 20 Years ‘Magazine for Construction Law and Real Estate’

Our environmental law expert Ive Van Giel will speak on November 8, 2022 about the expiry regulation regarding the environmental permit. Is the proverbial “spade in the ground” within two years of granting a permit sufficient to stop the expiry of the permit? Ive provides an up-to-date state of affairs based on case law and tests this against […]

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Are You Accountable For Any Human Rights Violations In Your Value Chain?

Even though Belgium is lagging behind when it comes to enacting specific legislation, companies doing business in Belgium should be aware of the risk of being held accountable for human rights violations or environmental pollution up or down their value chain. Human rights violations are a ‘hot’ topic and businesses are confronted with ethical challenges […]

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Rental housing in Flanders and Brussels with special attention to rental of student rooms

Seeds of Law is pleased to present its new publication entitled: ‘Housing rent in Flanders and Brussels – Your 70 answers to the most practical questions’. The book has become an extremely practical handbook that compares rental legislation in Flanders and Brussels. This is done on the basis of 70 questions and answers, each time referring to the […]

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My Tenant Died, What Now?

What you can do as a landlord when your tenant dies, depends on when the lease was signed. Leases concluded before January 1, 2019 are governed by the Federal Rent Act for which art. 1742 of the Civil Code states: “The lease shall not be terminated by the death of the landlord, nor by the death of […]

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Revision and a look at the future: Unlawful terms

We have already touched upon the fact that, since 1 December 2020, the B2B Act of 4 April 2019 has ensured that consideration is given to the imbalances which may exist between contracting companies (just as in consumer law) and that, for this purpose, provisions have been introduced, among other things, regarding unlawful terms which […]

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RENOVATION OBLIGATION FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

Since January 1, 2022, a renovation obligation (after transfer of ownership) applies to all non-residential real estate in Flanders. It is hoped that this will drastically reduce the CO2 emissions of all buildings by 2050, and thus give the Flemish Climate Strategy 2050 a helping hand. Figures show that as much as 28% of CO2 emissions […]

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