What means Ground lease?

Is there a leasehold for the property you are considering? Then pay attention. Ground lease is a special form of lease where the lease does not end when the lessor dies (or terminates the lease). As a result, the financial position of the leaseholder is almost equal to that of the owner.


Leaseholders have the right to lease their land with superficies and to sell this superficies (including the ground lease rights).


For leasehold rights, the leaseholder pays the owner (often referred to as bare owner in the case of leasehold) an annual rent on the land, the canon. In fact, it is very common for the canon to be bought off in one go during the entire term.

Term of the leasehold

Leaseholds are usually concluded for a long time, such as 49 and 99 years.

Why set up municipal leaseholds

In order to influence prices, municipalities issue plots under long lease, so not owned by companies, real estate dealers and private individuals. In this way, the municipalities also benefit from increases in value. In the event of an extension, municipalities can considerably increase the height of the canons.

Municipalities with leaseholds

Amsterdam, Arnhem, Delft, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Hague, Den Helder, Dordrecht, Gouda, Groningen, Haarlem, Harlingen, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Maastricht, Middelburg, Nijmegen, Purmerend, Rotterdam, Schiedam, Spijkenisse , Terneuzen, Zaanstad, Zandvoort and Zwolle.