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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle EastCase Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey$
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Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Dennis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165405

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.001.0001

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Securing Property in Informal Neighborhoods in Damascus through Tax Payments

Securing Property in Informal Neighborhoods in Damascus through Tax Payments

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(p.67) 3 Securing Property in Informal Neighborhoods in Damascus through Tax Payments
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Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East
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Myriam Ferrier

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165405.003.0004

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

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