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Inhabitants' Daily Practices to Obtain Legal Status for Their Homes and Security of Tenure: Egypt

Marion Séjourné

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/9789774165405.003.0005
Inhabitants' Daily Practices to Obtain Legal Status for Their Homes and Security of Tenure: Egypt

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This chapter gives a thorough account of the different procedures for registering property built in violation of town planning and land laws in Cairo, depending on the various types of land and transactions involved. She uses the concept of “quiet encroachment” to describe the various methods used by Cairo residents to regularize their property without following all the numerous steps normally required of them by law, or by spending a fortune in bribes. It demonstrates that the Egyptian authorities themselves tolerate informal settlements for lack of any institutional solution to the chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Keywords: Property registration procedures; land transaction; bribing; affordable housing; Cairo

Chapter.  7492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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