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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.
12-05-2021
On April 14, Idlib attorney general Ziad Al-Sharifeh told the pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan that real estate cases there are on hold due to the governorate’s lack of complete records. He urged officials to open a Supplementary Land Registry, noting that if the government were to regain complete control over Idlib, then that registry could be audited and transferred to the main land registry.
12-05-2021
More than a year after regime forces recaptured the town of Hayyan in the northern countryside of Aleppo governorate, the Syrian government claims it has finished rehabilitating local services and that life in the town has returned to normal.
12-05-2021
Digitising Syria’s Land Registry would require transferring records from their paper format into a digital format, as well as linking them electronically between different governorates. In theory, this would protect information and simplify record-keeping as well as speed up real estate transactions and ease citizens’ access to certain services.
12-05-2021
Presidential Amnesty Decree No. 13 issued in early May notably excluded pardons for so-called “building violations”, which surprised people sentenced under Decree No. 40 of 2012. The 2012 decree penalised people for failing to adhere to construction codes, an offense commonly known in Syria as “building violations”.
05-05-2021
In recent years, housing cooperatives have cancelled the membership of many people who had applied for or been allocated apartments in cooperative housing projects. This comes amid the failure of those members to pay their financial dues or to complete contractual procedures. However, sources told The Syria Report that housing cooperatives have been cancelling the membership of some regime opponents without prior notice.
05-05-2021
Over the past several months, cautionary seizures have been placed on dozens of properties belonging to people accused of smuggling in rural western Damascus. What is unusual in these cases is that some of the smuggling crimes date back before 2010 -- as far back as 1985 -- according to a correspondent for The Syria Report in the area.
05-05-2021
The Syrian Parliament has recently called for more scrutiny of a proposed draft law that aims to replace the existing Real Estate Development and Investment Law No. 15 of 2008. It has sent the bill to the constitutional and legal committees for further study.
05-05-2021
On April 15, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had taken over a building complex in the majority-Arab Al-Ghweiran neighbourhood in the southern part of the city of Hassakeh. The newspaper accused the SDF of expelling residents of the building complex so that they could expand a nearby US military base.