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Residential construction

The technical and legal challenges in the field of residential construction have been rising steadily for several years. In cities and urban areas the demand for land far outstrips supply – and the requirement to build compactly and in a space-efficient way makes technical implementation even more difficult. Anyone who wants to be successful in this market needs foresight and a good overview of the technical possibilities and ongoing trends.

We advise project developers, residential construction companies and investors right across Germany using a holistic approach – from project conception through implementation to acceptance and the assertion of warranty claims against planners and contracting companies. The services we offer include legal arrangement of and support in all conceivable value creation strategies such as sale or leasing.

The focus changes in every phase of project implementation. First the focus is on the purchase of land, the establishment of building rights and architectural planning. At this stage, there are almost always requirements from cities and municipalities to combine luxury and social housing that must be observed. Then the construction is carried out, either using a general contractor or through several different individual contractors. In parallel to this, marketing and sale of the new homes to purchasers or leasing to future tenants will already be underway.

During the project implementation phase there are therefore various hurdles to be cleared and gateways to pass through, as well as special demands to comply with. These include, for example, obtaining building permits, the involvement of neighbours and neighbouring properties, construction disturbance, home technology (as well as smart home systems), noise protection and the design of acceptance and defect tracking processes.

Our Sector Group combines expertise and many years' experience in all of the fields relevant to residential construction: real estate law, public law, procurement law, construction and architects' law and lease law as well as IT and data protection law. We put our project teams together according to the requirements of each project, in order to ensure the success of each project with our clients.

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