Apartment and Association law


Space is scarce. Not for nothing are more and more apartments built on top of each other to meet the need for housing. Inherent to this way of building is the emergence of more and more homeowner associations, in Dutch: Vereniging van Eigenaars (VvE). Homeowner associations have the authority to regulate a wide range of activities that affect the shared amenities and even private portions of the community. A typical homeowner association (VvE) may regulate: renting, pets, flooring, exterior modifications, noise, business in private portions, maintenance of common areas etc.

The bylaws of the association along with covenants such as the ‘splitsingsakte’ or “huishoudelijk reglement” of the VvE , codes, and restrictions (CC&Rs) are something that can vary considerably and include, among others, how the VvE holds meetings and how many votes are required to adopt a VvE resolution. Despite these rules and regulations, disputes often arise between the homeowner association and the individual homeowners.

The bylaws of the association may contain a clause for settling disputes, e.g binding advice, mediation or arbitration.  Apart from that, the local court is always competent to deal with a VvE dispute.

Today, not only apartment buildings are split into apartment rights, so are holiday parks. But even if they only have a “regular” owners’ association, questions may arise, such as: what happens if one of its members retires?

Our property lawyers are highly experienced in advising and litigating in disputes concerning owners’ associations. They can help you with any issue related to owners’ associations . Boards, housing associations and owners’ association  have come to the right address when dealing with any of the above matters.

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Arianne Klok

I grew up in an entrepreneurial family, so I know what ‘putting in hard work’ means and I understand the importance of quality. I have a realistic approach, and I am proactive. I always start with what is most important, to quickly get to the heart of the matter. Secondly, I look at what is possible, often resulting in a solution the client wasn’t aware of or hadn’t thought of. I take satisfaction in helping people when they get stuck, quickly discovering the legal rules, looking at the bigger picture, and pressing emotions to the background.

Arianne Klok's commercial practice focuses on the fields of real estate and corporate law. Her clients are starting and established entrepreneurs, healthcare institutions, real estate owners, landlords and tenants of residential and/or commercial space. She is involved in counselling and litigating, setting up or terminating various contracts, such as commercial collaborations, collaborations on the subject of separation of housing and care, or administrative tendering in the social domain. Arianne shares her thoughts with clients on an operational and management level, oversees processes, and strives for efficiency benefits.

Arianne Klok BBA (Bachelor Business Administration) has been working as a lawyer since 2008. In addition to Business Administration, she also studied Dutch Law at the University of Groningen, with a specialisation in Private Law and Business Law. Arianne has experience as a company lawyer at NDC-VBK publishers and was closely involved in the ISO certification of her previous law firm.