The coronavirus and Dutch tenancy law: 3 frequently asked questions
Update - 20 March 2020: The coronavirus first of all has a high human price. Governments and health authorities are doing everything in their power to stop the further spread of the virus. In addition, the economic impact of the coronavirus should not be underestimated.
In this article, we would like to answer three frequently asked questions about the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords: about a decline in turnover, the closure of leased office or retail space, and preventive measures.
CONCLUSION: be a good landlord/tenant and take preventive measures
In accordance with common opinion, the impact of the Corona virus appears to be mainly at the tenant's risk. This of course also depends on the circumstances of the case and any further agreements that may have been made between the parties.
For both the tenant and the landlord it is in any event advisable to take preventive action and take measures to limit the damage on the basis of the principle of 'being a good tenant/landlord'.
We note that the Dutch court has (fortunately) not yet ruled on a similar case. We shall, therefore, continue to monitor developments closely and would like to keep you informed of the latest state of affairs. If you have any questions about this article or if your question has not been answered in this article, please do not hesitate to contact Pauline Leegwater (firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 (0) 20 578 59 73) or Marloes Voorrips (email@example.com or +31 (0) 20 578 50 80).