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02-06-2021
Three years since regime forces recaptured the city of Talbiseh in the northern part of the Homs governorate, residents are still facing difficulties in rehabilitating and repairing their properties damaged during battles and bombardment. To get around the challenges, they are partnering with real estate agents linked to the regime for connections or “wasta”.
02-06-2021
The city of Hama in central Syria is known for its informally built districts. This is due to decades of stalemate in the city’s urban planning policies and  government decrees that stopped the subdivision of lands in 1975 and delayed expansion of the city’s zoning plans.
26-05-2021
The Eighth Brigade of the Russian-backed Fifth Corps, which has complete control over the city of Bosra Al-Sham in the eastern half of Daraa governorate, is preventing displaced Shia residents from returning, despite attempts at reconciliation between the two sides.
26-05-2021
The board of directors of Syria’s Real Estate Finance Oversight Commission (REFOC)  was reorganised in recent weeks following a decree by the prime minister in March. The move is an attempt to activate the body, which has remained largely dormant since its inception.
26-05-2021
Last week the Syrian president issued Investment Law No. 18 of 2021, which replaces Investment Law No. 8 of 2007. The most important aspect of the new law relating to HLP rights is a new method of employing private investment for establishing a diverse range of economic projects in some areas that were damaged by the war.
26-05-2021
The past months have seen an increase in reprisals between armed militias of displaced Bedouin residents and local Druze militiamen in the vicinity of Qarayya in the southern part of the Suweida governorate. The reprisals have included kidnappings, killings and burning of crops.
19-05-2021
Some 20 families returned to the town of Bassimeh in the western countryside of Damascus, last week, state-run news agency SANA reported, adding that the returnees had begun removing rubble from their houses to make them fit for living.
19-05-2021
Law No. 33 of 2017 regulates the restoration of partially or completely damaged land records. The law defines the reasons justifying restoration, as well as the mechanisms and procedures to be followed. It also outlines the mechanism for announcing the results of restoration, how to object to them and the penalties for those who destroyed the original records.
19-05-2021
Most residents of the Damascus suburb of Qaboun, who were forcibly displaced to opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria, have been unable to submit objections to the new zoning plans for the neighbourhood, rendering them unable to prove their property ownership rights.
19-05-2021
Regime loyalists, coordinating with military and security officials, are investing in farmlands left behind by families forcibly displaced in 2018 from East Ghouta to opposition-held northern Syria. Such land usage takes place without paying rent to the actual landowners.