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Real Estate Law // Tenancy Law

For Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate

  • Which purchase price is appropriate?
  • Who will draw up (or check) my purchase offer quickly?
  • Who will draw up a purchase contract that protects me and accompany my house purchase as a trustee?
  • Land transfer tax, registration fees and real estate income tax can amount to many thousands of euros. How can I minimize my tax burden?

For Tenants

  • Is the rental agreement I have been given legally correct?
  • I have mold in my apartment. Can I claim a rent reduction?
  • The rent I paid appears to be too high. Can I claim this back?
  • My landlord has terminated the tenancy agreement. How can I defend myself against this?

For Landlords

  • Am I allowed to agree the rent freely or is a categorized rent or guideline rent applicable?
  • Can I demand an investment redemption from my tenant?
  • The fixed-term rental agreement expires. Can I extend it without there being a chain rental agreement?
  • My tenant is not paying his rent. Who will file an action for rent and eviction on my behalf?

Reasons for Schmelz lawfirm

  • Real estate law is our core competence. Our clients include property managers and real estate agents as well as private individuals. Our daily business includes the handling of real estate transactions as well as representation before the courts in tenancy law matters.
  • We offer to accompany the entire buying or selling process: By attending viewings, preparing indicative valuations, conducting price negotiations for you and checking purchase offers. Most lawyers and notaries only start their work after all these steps have been taken - when the scope for action is very limited and many mistakes can no longer be corrected.
  • Our partner Dorian Schmelz passes on his extensive specialist knowledge as a lecturer in the postgraduate course in "Real Estate Management" at Middlesex University (London) - and is therefore in constant contact with practitioners in the real estate sector: with administrators and estate agents as well as bankers and economists.
  • Our expertise in the field of real estate law has received several awards: Most recently with the ACQ5 Global Awards 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 as "Austrian Boutique Real Estate Law Firm" and "Austrian Tenancy Law Firm" of the year as well as with the CorporateINTL Global Awards 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 as "Austrian Tenancy Law Firm" of the year.

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Here you can find us


  •  Währinger Strasse 16 Top 14, 1090 Wien
  •  +43 1 946 11 60
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