Longtime tenants say the new law would force them from their homes. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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A controversial rent draft law was passed Monday despite not being signed by President Michel Aoun, as the time limit during which the bill can be sent back to Cabinet was exceeded. The new bill, which will become active following publication in the Parliamentary Gazette Thursday, fueled numerous protests by longtime tenants who say the new law would force them from their homes.The new bill allows for an incremental increase in rents, which in many cases amount to less than LL1 million ($667) a year.According to Damerji, the proposed increase up to 4 percent of the property value over the next six years is not sustainable for the current tenants. One of the tenants affected by the law is Rafi Matossian, who has lived in his family house in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood for 50 years and now fears he will be forced to move out.
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