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31-03-2021
A video published by pro-government media outlets in recent days appears to show live ammunition being fired at homes in the rural southern part of Aleppo governorate belonging to displaced people. The homes were reportedly converted into artillery, missile, and aerial practice targets under Russian military supervision.
31-03-2021
On March 24, the Government issued Decree No. 28, which specifies the minimum amount that must be deposited in the bank account of the seller of a real estate property for the documentation of the sales contracts and powers of attorneyto be considered acceptable. The powers of attorney are of particular importance for refugees and people living outside Syria.
31-03-2021
Cooperative housing, which is implemented by cooperatives, is often considered a supplement to the social housing programmes run by Syria’s public sector. Until 2011, cooperative and social housing represented 23 percent of Syria’s construction sector, according to past statements by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
31-03-2021
A large number of IDPs from the East Ghouta village of Al-Bahariyeh have been unable to return home after learning that their houses no longer exist, and that much of the village itself has been levelled to the ground. 
24-03-2021
A new HLP law, intended for 2020 but released in January 2021, prolongs by two years an existing lease extension system for public sector property tenants. The law raises questions over potential conflicts of interest between Syrian businessmen looking for cheap urban property, and governmental and public sector tenants hoping to hold onto property they have long rented at low prices.
24-03-2021
Decisions issued by the Syrian government’s Terrorism Court in absentia remain a source of concern for residents of Daraa governorate’s eastern countryside, despite the court’s inability to carry out its rulings in the area. Eastern Daraa remains outside the full control of Damascus, instead controlled by the Russian-backed Fifth Corps.
24-03-2021
In February 2021, the Parliament approved amendments to some articles of Law No. 11 of 2011 concerning real estate ownership rights for non-Syrians. The new law containing the amendment is awaiting the President's signature and publication in the Official Gazette in order to become effective.
24-03-2021
Syrian official media outlets reported in recent days that residents had “returned” to the majority-Turkmen town of Qastal Maaf in the countryside of Lattakia governorate. Despite the accompanying celebration attended by the governor of Lattakia and local Baath Party leaders, those who reportedly returned may not in fact be the town’s original residents.
17-03-2021
A new draft law on real estate sales taxes raises various HLP-related problems, including lowering the cost of expropriation compensation and creating obstacles to the registration of real estate transactions.
17-03-2021
Damascus and its outskirts have recently witnessed a rise in trading of subscription ledgers for social and cooperative housing projects. Rising real estate prices are likely driving this real estate-adjacent market, most of which is centered around properties that have yet to be built, and are part of larger construction projects some of which may not be carried out in the foreseeable future.