Tenants protest against the new rent law in Beirut, Saturday, March 7, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rather than focusing on the tenant-landlord tensions and rent laws, Lebanon should adopt a new housing law that ensures the right of all people to affordable shelter, activists and experts told a news conference Tuesday.The conference was held one year after the adoption of a controversial new rent law that has been hotly debated by politicians, civil society organizations and citizens alike. While the law came into effect in December 2014, it has not been fully implemented.Nizar Saghieh, a lawyer with the nonprofit Legal Agenda, says that instead of focusing attention on the minutia of this rent law, the government should gear efforts toward enacting a "right to housing" law.Rent prices in Beirut have skyrocketed in recent years and many people are struggling to find affordable housing.
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