Mohammad Ramadan and Mohammad El Agati.

This paper is divided to two parts, the first one provides a vision of how to fix the relationship between the landlord and the tenant through government intervention by two steps: the first one through legislation, and the second one through the efficient implementation of the project and the work on rent control. The second paper discusses the disadvantages of the proposed rent law, outlining an alternative legislative proposal that envisages the relationship between landlords and tenants.

The first paper is divided into an introduction, five sections, conclusion and recommendations. The introduction provides a background on the subject of the paper, while the first section explains the main problems of the new rent law. The second, third and fourth sections discuss housing and rental problems and how to deal with them through providing examples about India, Germany and Chile, while the last section answers the question on how to formulate a fair price for rent. The second paper is divided into two sections: the first one lists the main problems of the draft rent law, and the second one talks about the amendments that must be included in the new law.

According to the paper, the reform of the relation between landlords and tenants through government intervention is primarily achieved through economic intervention, which is primarily related to the expansion of rental housing and the provision of rental housing subsidy programs by the government, and secondly through making a change in the philosophy of the Egyptian legislator while dealing with the issue of the relation between landlords and tenants, stressing at the same time the need for social justice to be an important axes in any legislation. The paper also considers the presented draft rent law completely biased to landlords, stressing the need to develop a new flexible law in terms of dealing with current economic and social changes.

Full version of the paper is available at Dar Al Maraya for Cultural Production, 23 Abdel Khaliq Tharwat Street, Downtown, Cairo, and at Arab Forum for Alternatives office in Beirut, West house 3 Building, Jane Darc, Hamra St., Beirut, Lebanon. For an Arabic synopsis:

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