Everything you need to know about the Law Breyne
Everything you need to know about the Law Breyne: Protecting consumers in real estate in Belgium
The Law Breyne, adopted in Belgium on July 9, 1971, is a fundamental legislation aimed at protecting consumers when they enter into contracts with contractors for the construction or renovation of their homes. Its objective is to protect buyers regarding property transfer, payment of the price, completion guarantee of the work, and receipt of the property.
1. What is the Law Breyne and who does it apply to?
2. Key provisions of the Law Breyne
For the Law Breyne to apply, three conditions must be met:
The role of the real estate agent is not limited to being an intermediary between the seller and the buyer. They have obligations to fulfill and are liable for their actions. For example, if they establish a private sales contract, they will be responsible for the legal consequences of that act for both parties. They are not mere executors acting on behalf of the principal! It is their responsibility to inform the parties about the content and scope of the Law Breyne.
3. Consequences of non-compliance with the Law Breyne
In case of non-compliance with the Law Breyne by the contractor, sanctions such as fines or criminal penalties can be applied. Moreover, the consumer can pursue different remedies, such as contract resolution, claims for damages, or even contract nullification.
The Law Breyne is a crucial tool to protect consumers when undertaking real estate projects in Belgium. By knowing their rights and relying on the provisions of this law, consumers can benefit from better legal protection during the execution of their construction and real estate purchase projects. The Law Breyne plays an essential role in balancing the relationships between contractors and consumers, promoting greater transparency and quality in the construction and real estate sector.