Towards a Fair Tax System to Counter the Commodification of Land

Dialogue Series: The Social Value of Land

The real estate sector in Lebanon has historically been given a significant protection as one of the few productive and successful sectors in the national economy, knowing that property taxes are low and real estate speculation is widespread. In this context, the authorities have adopted policies and interventions which facilitate land trading by reducing taxes in all forms. To confront this reality and prioritize the social value of land in Lebanon, it has become necessary to establish a fair system for land taxation.
In this session, speakers discussed potential strategies for promoting public and community interest by adopting innovative forms of property taxation systems. The session focused on the possibility of limiting speculation practices by imposing strict taxes on vacant apartments and empty lands, which also reduces vacancy rate and controls the rise in land prices. The role of municipalities in this regard was also addressed.

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Construction Land Management and Planning Lebanon

Defending Social Spaces for an Equitable City

Dialogue Series: The Social Value of Land

Speakers in this session discuss the reclamation and preservation of social spaces threatened by real-estate speculation. They examine urban planning laws and the experiences of Bayt Beirut, Fouad Boutros, Beirut Theatre, Dalieh, and …

Defending the City Interest Against Private Property

Dialogue Series: The Social Value of Land

The social function of property recognizes the impact of private property on society. It is based on the premise that the interest of the city must prevail over individual property. This concept acknowledges …

Defending Housing Against Displacement Policies

Dialogue Series: The Social Value of Land

The right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right, essential for social justice and the maintenance of human dignity. However, the diverse and urgent housing needs of the majority of the Lebanese …

The 2024 budget:

Rewarding property owners and speculators

This article discusses the 2024 budget in Lebanon, emphasizing the lack of substantial changes to rebuild the collapsing economy. The budget focuses on providing legal cover for state expenses without addressing existing policies, …

How can land and property taxes in Lebanon be fair?

The tax system plays a critical role in the social contract between the state and society, with individuals contributing taxes in exchange for the state’s commitment to societal well-being. However, recent global tax …