Buying a house or apartment with ground lease

Would you like to purchase a house (single family) or apartment with ground lease? The mortgage lender can ask for a reissue on request.

You submit this request for a reissue of the ground lease right. This means that the land will be reappraised and the municipality will make you an offer.

For more information and an explanation on the reissue of a ground lease right for an apartment go to Apartment rights.

Belangrijke informatie: If the ground lease right is paid off in perpetuity, a request for a reissue is not necessary.

Needed for your request

Make sure that you have a digital copy of the signed purchase deed. You do not need to scan the entire purchase deed. You can make a scan or separate photos of:

  • the address of the ground lease
  • name and address of the buyer
  • the date of the transfer of ownership
  • signatures of the buyer and seller

Together the digital files (preferably in jpg or as a PDF file) may not be larger than 7.5 MB.

Submit application

Are the files larger than 7.5 MB? Send the information to:
Dienst Stedelijke Ontwikkeling
t.a.v. de afdeling Erfpacht
Antwoordnummer 61248
2506 WB Den Haag

The ground lease department (afdeling Erfpacht) will process your application once the purchase deed and the sum of € 750 have been received.


The municipality will only make you an offer if there are no planning or zoning objections. There may be reasons from an urban planning perspective why the ground lease contract may not be extended, for example if spatial developments are expected in a certain area.


The reissue on request application costs € 750. You can transfer this amount to the ground lease department:

  • IBAN: NL04 BNGH 0285 1389 60 payable to Gemeente Den Haag DSO
  • State 'Heruitgifte op verzoek' in the message section and the address of the single-family house or apartment you want to buy.

How long does it take?

It takes approximately 8 weeks before you get an offer from the ground lease department.

Good to know

Are you going to buy or sell a house or apartment? Report your move to the ground lease department within 1 month. Send an email to

Are there still ground lease payments due? Make sure that these are settled during the transfer of ownership.

Also see Ground lease