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11-06-2024
The National Security Office, Syria's highest security authority, has issued new instructions denying certain categories of Syrians the right to obtain passports through embassies and consulates abroad or through immigration and passport offices within Syria, according to a report published on May 15 by opposition website Sawt Al-Asima
04-06-2024
AANES recent moves to expropriate lands to implement a water project in Hassekeh and a project to expand the road between Qamishli and Malikiyah has sparked controversy among property owners due to the lack of fair compensation and legal uncertainty.
04-06-2024
The Council of Ministers approved on March 26 a settlement for thousands of applicants of social housing programmes that had had their subscription cancelled since the beginning of this year because they failed to pay their monthly instalments for eight consecutive months.
28-05-2024
On April 22, the regime-run Idlib governorate requested that owners of pistachio orchards provide documentation proving their ownership of their lands. This announcement requires farmers to prove ownership of their land, failure to do so means the land will be put up for public auction for others to invest in.
28-05-2024
On March 6, the Damascus Governorate announced the completion of the works of the Committee for Estimating the Value of Zoning Plots and the distribution among the rightful owners in the Northern Damascus Entrance zoning area. This article tracks the development process from the issuance of the zoning decree in 2021 to the issuance of the table of zoning share allocations for rights holders in March.
21-05-2024
In March 2024, the Real Estate Finance Oversight Commission announced that it had adjusted property appraisal fees to align with what it described as current “economic conditions,” and to take into account small- and medium-sized loans. The REFOC also indicated that it is working on revising its property appraisal guidance manual and finalising a memorandum of understanding with the Central Bank of Syria.
21-05-2024
In the spring of 2023, a building in Darayya in Rural Damascus, was rigged with explosives and demolished during the filming of scenes for an artistic project directed by Syrian film director Najdat Ismail Anzour. None of the apartment owners or the original owner of the building received any compensation for its demolition.
14-05-2024
The Executive Office of the Tartous City Council proposed in March to establish 14 new zoning areas in the city under the provisions of the Urban Planning and Development Law No. 23 of 2015. The Executive Office sent the proposal to the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment for the approval to zone the areas, which mostly contain informal settlements .
14-05-2024
Over the last two years, Alawites residing in the informal Al-Abbasiyah neighbourhood in eastern Homs have increasingly felt that the area is no longer suitable for living - and some have relocated to other parts of the city - due to the growing influence of armed Shia militias and their involvement in illegal drug trade.
14-05-2024
In March, the Ministry of Finance issued precautionary seizure orders on the properties of dozens of individuals from Zakia, a town in the Rural Damascus governorate. These orders appear to be aimed at punishing entire families, in response to armed confrontations that occurred in August 2023 between some family members and local armed groups affiliated with the Fourth Division, the regime's most influential force.
07-05-2024
In recent weeks, several articles published in state-run news outlets discussed the possibility of converting Sahl Al-Ghab “Al-Ghab Plain” in western Hama into a “private agricultural zone.” It's not clear what is meant by a private agricultural zone, and the regulations governing the agricultural sector have not addressed this concept before.
07-05-2024
On February 26, 2024, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform issued Decision No. 35, establishing the Fund to Finance the National Project for Transition to Modern Irrigation. This comes eight months after the issuance of Law No. 10 of 2023, which stipulated the establishment of the fund, with the aim of regulating the mandatory transition plan to modern irrigation in irrigated agricultural lands.
30-04-2024
In 2023, Turkey continued to target areas controlled by the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria through airstrikes and artillery shelling, causing damage to homes and civilian areas and forcing residents to flee temporarily or permanently. Ankara accuses the AANES of being a front for the Democratic Union Party, the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Turkey categorises as a terrorist organisation.
09-04-2024
A work crew of the Aleppo City Council demolished in February a dilapidated building in an informal settlement within the Ferdous neighbourhood in the eastern part of the city. It was demolished due to the building's dangerous condition and the potential for it to collapse at any moment, following significant damage it sustained during the earthquake on February 6, 2023. After being evicted, the residents were forced to displace and search for affordable housing for rent in the informal Karm Homad neighbourhood nearby.
09-04-2024
The presidency of the newly formed Syrian Salvation Government, headed by its new president Mohammed Al-Bashir, issued Decision No. 37 on March 6, which included reductions and exemptions from various real estate fees in areas controlled by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib. The SSG classified this decision as part of a series of reform decisions that will be issued successively to reduce taxes, stimulate construction activity, and facilitate its procedures, which will create more job opportunities.
09-04-2024
On March 10, Minister of Justice Ahmed Al-Sayed issued two circulars that restrict the ability of property owners in concerned areas to manage their properties. The first, No. 3, concerns lawsuits related to the partition, subdivision, termination of common property and correction of property descriptions. The second, No. 4, deals with the irrevocable power of attorney in areas undergoing beautification and the termination of common property. 
02-04-2024
Dive into the history of the Ansari Al-Gharbi informal settlement in Aleppo; from its origins in the 1970s, the devastation of 40 percent of its housing stock during the conflict, to the impact of the February 6 earthquake.