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Securing Property in Informal Neighborhoods in Damascus through Tax Payments

Myriam Ferrier

in Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0004
Securing Property in Informal Neighborhoods in Damascus through Tax Payments

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The author follows, step by step, the strategies for the registration of informal property in Syria, including the use of proofs of payment of property taxes. The most common procedure is to present the informal property as forming part of an undefined block (mush‘a). This complex reclassification is always aided by collusion between owners and government officials. Through these processes, the property becomes liable to taxation, and the Land Registry Department's terminology is used to award the property legal status.

Keywords: Property registration; mush‘a property; taxation; Damascus

Chapter.  6541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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