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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.
17-03-2021
Eight years after capturing the town of Sbeineh in the countryside south of Damascus, security forces are still obstructing the return of displaced residents and restricting the rights of those who have been able to return.
17-03-2021
Informally built neighbourhoods surround the city of Damascus, forming a belt that extends from Barzeh to Qaboun and Jobar in the north, and from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp to the Tadhamon neighbourhood in the south, reaching the foot of Mount Qasioun in the west. There are nearly 18 of these informal neighbourhoods, taking up around 2,000 hectares of land. They were home to some 1.2 million people before 2011.
10-03-2021
On March 1, 2021, the People’s Assembly approved a new draft law on civil status in Syria, to replace Civil Status Law No. 26 of 2007 and its amendments.
10-03-2021
Displaced Christian Syrians from the rural north of the Lattakia governorate are pressuring both the government and the church to allow them to return to their hometowns in regime-held areas that were retaken from the opposition in 2015. Regime forces and Iranian militias control these areas and allow residents to return only for short visits to check on their houses.
10-03-2021
Russia is attempting to purchase real estate in Aleppo’s Handarat Palestinian refugee camp through an allied Syrian-Palestinian militia, with the goal of converting the area into a military base at the northern entrance to the city.
10-03-2021
After a long wait, official government statements have begun to indicate residents may be allowed to return to the city of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad south of Damascus, though no concrete action has yet been taken to enable that.
03-03-2021
Shopkeepers in the historic Al-Naoureh Souq of Homs have been warned  to rehabilitate their damaged shops within a period of 60 days, according to a statement made by Homs City Council member Rasmi Al-Sibai in early February.