Your Comprehensive Guide to Real Estate Law in Israel

By: Adv. Eli Shimony

Real estate law in Israel is a complex and constantly evolving field that covers a broad range of legal issues related to the ownership, purchase, sale, and use of the real estate.

As a significant contributor to the economy, Israel’s real estate industry is regulated by various laws that are developed to protect the interests of buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, and other stakeholders.

This comprehensive guide offers an in-depth overview of the various laws that govern real estate transactions in Israel, including ownership, purchase and sale, land use and zoning, and tenancy laws.

It highlights the insight that buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, or real estate professionals need to successfully negotiate the legal complexity of the Israeli real estate market.

Ownership of Real Estate

In Israel, the ownership of real estate is protected by law. The law recognizes two types of properties: private and public. Private properties are those owned by individuals or private entities, while public properties are owned by the government or the local authorities.

The law requires that all transactions involving real estate be registered with the Land Registry. A government organization called the Land Registry is in charge of keeping track of all real estate transactions in Israel.

Purchase and Sale of Real Estate

Israel has a number of regulations that regulate the buying and selling of real estate. The Real Estate Law is the most significant of these laws. This law regulates the sale, purchase, and rental of real estate in Israel.

One of the essential components of Real Estate Law is the requirement for a written agreement between the buyer and the seller. The purchase price and the delivery date must all be outlined in the agreement.

In addition to the Real Estate Law, there are other laws that regulate the purchase and sale of real estate in Israel. These include Property Law, Land Law, and Planning and Building Law.

Land Use and Zoning

Land use and zoning are critical aspects of real estate in Israel. The Planning and Building Law governs land use and zoning in Israel. The legislation establishes guidelines for organizing and constructing properties in Israel.

The Planning and Building Law requires that all construction projects in Israel obtain a permit from the local authorities. The permit specifies the type of construction allowed on the land, the height of the building, and the number of floors.

Tenancy Laws

The regulations that oversee the interactions between landlords and tenants in Israel are called tenancy laws, with the most crucial being the Landlord and Tenant Law. This law sets out the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Israel.

The Landlord and Tenant Law requires landlords to provide tenants with a written tenancy agreement. The contract needs to clearly state the rules and regulations of the rental, such as the amount of rent when it needs to be paid, and how long the tenant can stay.

Real Estate Taxes

Real estate transactions in Israel are subject to various taxes, including purchase tax, capital gains tax, and municipal taxes. The purchase tax is a one-time tax paid by the buyer upon the purchase of the property.

Tax on capital gains is due on the profit. Municipal taxes are assessed by the local government and are different based on where and what kind of property is involved.

It is critical to know the taxes involved when dealing with real estate in Israel, as they can significantly affect the total expense of the deal.


Real estate is a crucial industry in Israel, and it is governed by various laws. This comprehensive guide has explored the various laws that regulate real estate transactions in Israel.

From ownership and purchase to land use and zoning and tenancy laws, this guide has provided an overview of the legal framework governing real estate in Israel. To safeguard your interests while engaging in real estate dealings in Israel, it is crucial to understand the applicable laws.

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The above is only general information and does not replace legal advice which is usually necessary before taking legal proceedings.


Adv. Eli Shimony

Attorney Eli Shimony holds a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA), brings a broad legal knowledge in his areas of expertise. In addition, attorney Shimony holds a wide range of professional certifications in the fields of civil law, banking, compliance, intellectual property, corporate law and more... Attorney Shimony's main areas of practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Class actions, Mediation and Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Companies, Real estate, Wills and Inheritances, Monetary claims, Crypto Currencies, Banking, Compliance and Investments.

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