Real Estate

Real estate constitutes an important part of the assets of companies, governments and private individuals. The stakes are large and require a multidisciplinary approach on the part of attorneys and civil law notaries, who are well aware of the stakes and risks that are at play - and who can skilfully handle cases, know how to act quickly and have experience in various real estate areas. Pels Rijcken has a team of real estate specialists who speak the sector's language and know what's going on.

The attorneys and notaries of the Real Estate section consult on issues, transactions and disputes regarding area development, ownership and utilisation of real estate, structured sales processes of real estate, public private cooperation, financing of real estate and joint cooperative ventures. The attorneys of the Real Estate section also have an extensive track record in real estate dispute litigation.

The following tasks are among their 'core business':

  • sale, purchase and delivery of real estate;
  • rental of real estate;
  • function change, utilisation and management of real estate;
  • due diligence work;
  • help with project development and area development;
  • hereditary lease and building rights and other business rights;
  • apartment rights;
  • mortgages, financing and money loans;
  • execution auctions by governments and banks;
  • home owners association disputes;
  • eviction and anti-squatting.

The attorneys and notaries of the Real Estate practice area have long-standing experience in all sectors where real estate is a relevant factor, for both commercial parties as well as governments. For example, the real estate team was recently involved in cases concerning urban development, the separation of the health care and living functions of assisted living facilities, the financing of health care centres, the housing of educational institutions and innovative developments in real estate areas in the energy sector. The team was also involved in large-scale restructuring of housing corporations and their real estate and in disposal and marketing of surplus real estate.

Economic circumstances and regulations change quickly. Pels Rijcken's real estate specialists follow these developments closely and, thanks to their exceptional knowledge of the public sector, are able to provide advice about changes in legal real estate land like no other.

Our clients include the State, various large municipalities such as The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and medium-sized and smaller municipalities and provinces such as North Holland and Utrecht, large companies including Esso and KPN, project developers such as AM and Multi Vastgoed, pension funds and investment funds, housing corporations such as Staedion and other institutions such as the Waarborgfonds voor de Sociale Woningbouw (the guarantee fund for council housing), Bouwend Nederland (the Dutch representation of the employers' federation of the construction sector) and BNG (the bank of - and for local authorities and public sector institutions).


  • "Pels Rijcken is able to understand our issues quickly and act accordingly.", Chambers 2022
  • "Very nice cooperation and expertise on complex files.", "They deal with complex and conflicting interests with good political sensitivity.", "Good reaction speed, service level, expertise and experience.", "Hands-on mentality with a practical and keen eye on possibilities.", "Alain de Jonge is a know it all real estate professional who does not hesitate to connect us with partners and colleagues in other fields to ensure we get an excellent product’.", "The team always delivers.", "Advice is good, creative and solid." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "The proactive and problem solving-oriented attitude is highly appreciated.", Chambers Europe 2021
  • The consultants are passionate and dedicated to carry out the work carefully, quickly and to a high quality.”, “Compared with other firms, the ratio of quality and costs is very good.”, “The practitioners are experts and take the burden off our office in handling cases.”, “Driven team, with good people who really get to work on the job.”, Legal 500, 2021
  • "Market commentators approvingly note the firm has a high-quality team.", Chambers Europe 2020
  • Very good practice. Always available for the best legal solutions and advice.”, “‘Pels Rijcken is unique, because the team has a broad knowledge of planning and environmental law. They always respond to our questions very quickly and accurately. No other law firms answer questions so quickly as the lawyers of Pels Rijcken do. The advice is pragmatic and useful and not just a legal plea.”, “Pels Rijcken & Drooglever Fortuijn specialises in providing legal advisory services for government companies. This requires, for example, high-level subject-specific knowledge in general administrative law. In practice these issues often arise from other fields, such as real estate, tenders, notaries, etc. This combination of knowledge makes it pleasant to work with this firm.”, Legal 500, 2020
  • "Clients value the firm's versatile and in-depth expertise and say that it provides a flexible, high-quality and fast service.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "The lawyers are experienced, thorough and are able to look at cases from different angles, notes another source.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's very good team is headed by Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk, with support from notary Cees de Zeeuw.", Legal 500 2016