HLP

24-05-2022
On February 15, the Damascus governorate called on tenants in the Central Meat Souq (Market), located in the Al-Zabaltani neighbourhood, to visit the Directorate of Property Affairs within one month to submit their personal documents and leases or investment contracts. The governorate considered any failure to visit by merchants  the directorate to be considered a surrender of their lease or investment contracts.
17-05-2022
Opposition authorities established their Department of Cadastral Affairs in 2018 in the Afrin region of the Aleppo governorate’s northern countryside. The legal office  of the opposition-run Afrin Local Council supervises the Department of Cadastral Affairs, while the more than 30 department employees receive their salaries from the Turkish government, as do employees of other local councils in opposition-held rural Aleppo.
17-05-2022
The relinquishment of inheritance involves an agreement between heirs before a Sharia judge in which one or more of them gives up their share in exchange for compensation. The rules for real estate contracts apply to the relinquishment of inheritance, which must be done with the consent of all parties involved. In many cases, however, women are coerced into relinquishing their inheritance due to customary, familial, and marital pressures, causing violations of their housing, land, and property rights.
11-05-2022
Building violations have increased in the western Aleppo city of Afrin since 2021 as the real estate market remains at the behest of real estate contractors linked to armed opposition factions.
11-05-2022
Since a wide-scale campaign of arrests in 2013 and the mass displacement of political dissidents outside Syria, some regime security and military services have begun extorting detainees’ and refugees’ unattended properties. What sets many of these properties apart is that they were not subject to seizure orders issued by the Anti-Terrorism Court. Rather, they were simply extorted after their owners fled elsewhere or were arrested.
03-05-2022
A five decade-old problem reemerged in April when Syria’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing rejected a zoning study, proposed by Tishreen University, concerning the eastern seafront of Tartous.
03-05-2022
War remnants, including landmines and unexploded ordnance, pose significant risk to residents of opposition areas of Northwest Syria, limiting access to housing, land and property rights. Many people are afraid to work on their farmland or live in homes that were hit by cluster munitions.
03-05-2022
Building violations – which include buildings constructed on public property or on land that has been expropriated for state-use, violations of relevant zoning plans, or buildings that does not adhere to safety codes – occur through two main channels. Often, they occur  when builders bribe municipal council members and employees to overlook construction code breaches within organised zones in government-held territory. Other times, construction violations occur when the violator is a government official or security or military commander who weilds influence. It is difficult to remove buildings that have been constructed illegally, either due to the impunity of those involved or to employees tampering with the relevant official documents. In some cases, such buildings are demolished for undisclosed reasons.
03-05-2022
Syria’s system of delimitation and census, as outlined in Decree No. 186 of 1926, remains in force for surveying zones that have not yet been entered into the Land Registry. As a part of the process, a land record is established for the properties located within a specified zone, with each property assigned a number and entered into the Land Registry under the names of the owners.
26-04-2022
A Syrian law grants women a so-called “privileged debt” status as part of their financial rights arising from their marriage contracts, including dowries and any potential alimony. Under the law, some of their debts are given priority for collection when a debtor has multiple debts to pay.
19-04-2022
For a third consecutive time, the Damascus Governorate Council agreed on March 9 to delay imposing a tax on plots of land within the Marota City project that are slated for construction. The tax has been postponed for an additional year, ending in March 2023.
19-04-2022
Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the fundamentalist Islamist organisation that controls most of the Idlib governorrate, is continuing to restrict so-called ‘jihadist emigrants’ in the territory under its control, preventing them from residing in certain areas, including the neighbouring towns of Kafraya and Al-Fuaa.
19-04-2022
Displaced Bedouin residents from the town of Thibin in the southwestern part of the Suweida governorate reached an agreement with other town residents this month allowing them to return home after five years of displacement. Those planning on making the return began repairing and re-equipping their homes in recent days, with the aim of settling permanently in the town.