Whoever chooses and pays the notary actually depends on how the buyer and seller agree on this. The standard NVM purchase contract states the following:

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

So this means that what is not applicable is crossed out. In practice, it is actually the case that the buyer of a home chooses which notary he wants to engage for the transfer of the home. The costs of the notary are also for the buyer. Because this makes sense, it is often not discussed by the sales broker and the buying broker and it is stated in the deed of purchase that both the choice for and the costs of the notary are for the account of the buyer.

Yet it often happens that the seller wants to choose the notary. Often this is already mentioned in the Funda advertisement or is this announced in the sales brochure as “seller’s notary choice”.

Conclusion: Pay close attention to whether something about “notary seller choice” is mentioned in the advertisement and make sure that the notary choice is yours before you sign the deed of purchase. When housing associations sell properties (pounded out), they often want to have the choice of notary.