Who chooses and pays the notary is actually dependent on How buyer and seller agree to this with each other. In the standard NVM purchase contract states the following about this:

The costs related to the transfer of ownership and charged by the notary, such as transfer tax, notary fees and land registry fees, shall be borne by buyer/seller . The notary is appointed by buyer/seller .

This therefore means crossing out what is not of application. In the practice, it is actually the case that the buyer of a property chooses which notary he wishes to engage for the transfer of the property. The costs of the notary are also for the buyer. Because this makes so much sense, this is often done by the sales agent and the purchasing agent are not discussed and are included in the purchase deed that both the choice of and the costs for the notary are for account of the buyer.

Nevertheless, it happens regularly that the seller wants the notary choose. Often this is already mentioned in the Funda advertisement. or is this announced in the sales brochure as ‘seller’s choice of notary’. Conclusion: Pay close attention to whether anything about “seller’s choice of notary” is mentioned in the advertisement and make sure that before you sign the deed of sale, the choice of notary is made is up to you. When housing associations sell (unpair) homes, they want to they often have the choice of notary themselves.