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Egypt: Council of Ministers Says Evictions in Sinai Comply with International Law

(Oct. 14, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Council of Ministers of Egypt issued a statement saying that a decision taken by the military to forcibly evict hundreds of families on the Gaza-Egyptian border had adhered to the principles of the World Conference on Human Rights of 1993. The conference, which took place in Vienna […]

China: Restrictions Eased on Foreign Investment in Real Estate Market

(Sept. 9, 2015) On August 19, 2015, China released the Notice of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and Other Departments on Amending the Policies Concerning Access by and Administration of Foreign Investment in the Real Estate Market . (Zhufang Chengxiang Jianshe Bu Deng Bumen Guanyu Tiaozheng Fangdichan Shichang Waizi Zhunru he Guanli […]

Israel: Intended Assets Sharing Presumption Applies to Same-Sex Couples

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 20, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a decision of the Tel Aviv District Court recognizing the applicability of the “assets’ sharing presumption” to a same-sex couple who prior to ending their relationship had cohabited while jointly raising the child of one of the spouses and jointly managing […]

Germany: States Implement Federal Rent Control Act

(Aug. 3, 2015) On June 1, 2015, a new federal act on rent control entered into force in Germany. The Tenancy Law Amendment Act authorizes the individual German states to enact regulations to designate “tight housing markets” in which a rent cap will apply. Twelve of the 16 German states (Länder) have implemented the Act […]

Maldives: People’s Majlis Passes Amendment to Constitution Allowing Foreign Ownership of Land

(July 30, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the People’s Majlis, the unicameral parliament of the Maldives, passed a bill amending the 2008 Constitution to allow foreign ownership of land. President Yamin Abdul Gayoom ratified the bill the next day. (Shan Anees, President Ratifies Land Ownership Bill, HAVEERU ONLINE (July 23, 2015).) The bill reportedly amends […]

Armenia: Private Cemeteries to Be Established

(July 27, 2015) On May 27, 2015, the President of Armenia signed into law amendments to the Law on Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, the main purpose of which is to allow private cemeteries to operate in the country. (Law on the Organization of Funerals and Operation of Cemeteries and Crematoria, […]

Sri Lanka: Foreigners to Be Banned from Purchasing Property

(Feb. 27, 2013) Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has recently approved moves to change regulations under the State Lands Ordinance, and introduced amendments to the Notaries Ordinance and the Registration of Documents Ordinance, designed to prohibit the sale or transfer of real estate to foreigners. The ban will apply to both state and privately owned […]

Saudi Arabia: Council of Ministers Approves Several Laws Regulating Real Estate Mortgage System

(July 12, 2012) On July 2, 2012, the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approved five laws organizing the lending process, loan purchase and sale transactions, mortgage registration, and foreclosure for real estate. The executive regulations for these laws will be issued 90 days from the publication of the laws in the […]

Sri Lanka: Proposed Law Seeks to Restore Property to Displaced Landowners

(June 18, 2012) On June 3, 2012, Sri Lanka's Justice Minister, Rauff Hakeem, announced that the Cabinet has approved a newly proposed law, the Prescription (Special Provisions) Act, that would allow persons displaced during the Sri Lankan civil war to reclaim their property. The conflict between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tami […]

Kenya: Measure in Parliament to Stop Landlords from Auctioning Their Tenants’ Property

(Feb. 27, 2012) Kenya's Parliament is gearing up to begin debate on the Land Bill 2012, which, among other objectives, seeks to drastically change the landlord-tenant relationship in the country. If enacted in its current form, the bill would require landlords to seek termination of lease contracts in court to recover overdue rent. (Bill to […]