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Real Obligations at the Edge of Contract and Property

Book | 1st edition 2020 | Belgium | Siel Demeyere

This book extensively analyses obligations connected to property rights, or ‘real obligations’, in a comparative perspective through a study of Belgian, French, Dutch and Scots law. Examples of real obligations are the periodical payment obligation of a long lease holder, the maintenance of the property subject to a servitude and the financial contributions by apartment owners.

A real obligation differs in several aspects from a personal obligation. A real obligation is for instance so closely connected to a property right that the obligation transfers automatically to the transferee of the property right. After defining real obligations and the exclusion of several related legal mechanisms in Part I, the regime of real obligations is analysed in Part II. The liability of both the transferor and transferee for real obligations, which are for many property rights underregulated, for instance, are analysed in detail.
Those findings are applied to the specific property rights in Part III, so that particular problems for a specific property right are also analysed and, where possible, solved. For instance the role of party autonomy in the creation of a long lease right is studied. Also the different obligations which can be connected to a servitude are delineated.

Part IV deals with legal mechanisms most of which have recently been introduced, allowing to connect obligations to a piece of property, outside the traditional framework of property rights, such as the Dutch ‘qualitative obligation’ and the French obligation réelle environnementale. The book ends with a discussion of the possibility and desirability of the (broader) introduction of such real obligations, which could entail the introduction of new property rights sui generis.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780689166
Series name Property Law Series
Weight 1440 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxvi + 816 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jul 17, 2020
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique Yes
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Contents
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  • Introduction
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  • Part I. Static dimension of real obligations: concept and sources
  • Chapter 1. Property Law Scholarship
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  • Chapter 2. Constitutive Building Blocks of Real Obligations
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  • Chapter 3. Sources of Real Obligations
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  • Chapter 4. Exclusion of Other Contracts and Obligations
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  • Part II. Dynamic dimension of real obligations: liability for real obligations
  • Chapter 1. Transfer of the Obligation with the Property Right
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  • Chapter 2. Abandonment
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  • Chapter 3. Liability for Real Obligations: Overarching Issues
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  • Chapter 4. Other Grounds for Extinction of Real Obligations
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  • Part III. Real obligations in the framework of coexistent property rights Section I. Proprietary relationship regarding one single (im)movable
  • Chapter 1. Co-owner
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  • Chapter 2. Apartment Rights
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  • Chapter 3. Usufruct
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  • Chapter 4. Long Lease
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  • Chapter 5. Building Right
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  • Chapter 6. Droit réel de jouissance spéciale in French Law
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  • Part III. Real obligations in the framework of coexistent property rights Section II. Proprietary relationship involving two immovables
  • Chapter 1. Negative Obligations Between Two Pieces of Land: Servitude and Scottish Real Burden
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  • Chapter 2. Positive Obligations Between Two Pieces of Land
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  • Part IV. Autonomous real obligations
  • Chapter 1. Autonomous Negative Obligations: Kwalitatieve verplichtingen
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  • Chapter 2. Autonomous Positive Obligations
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  • Chapter 3. The (Im)possibility and (Un)desirability of Autonomous Real Obligations
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  • Chapter 4. Conclusion
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  • General Conclusion
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  • Bibliography
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