Committee for Defense of Tenents’ Rights demands restudy of tenements’ law

JANUARY 25, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The Committee for Defense of Old Tenants’ rights demanded a restudy of the tenements’ law during an enlarged meeting held in Msaytbeh today.

Speaking at the behest of old tenants, Wajih Damirji read a public statement in which he warned against the recent tenements’ law passed by parliament arguing that in case of taking effect, tens of thousands of old tenants simply risk becoming internal refugees. Inhabitants of old historical quarters in the capital would suffer the most due to the unjust tenements’ law, he added.

Consenting to any new tenements’ law depends on a comprehensive housing project catering to the need of all poor tenants concerned, he said. While asking Christian and Muslim Endowments to build popular housing units prone to reflect positively on actual confessional coexistence, he urged them to stop negotiating with landlord syndicate representatives for multiple reasons which he failed to mention!

Damirji also urged the parliament to revoke the present tenements’ law pending an in-depth reexamination by legislators as he said.