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Non-Lebanese Property Ownership:
39 Million m2 Owned
by 79,000 Foreigners

Property ownership by foreigners remains a major concern for government officials, municipalities, and citizens as it might radically change the identity of some “Christian areas” witnessing large property acquisitions. A draft law was submitted by parliamentary and political forces to prevent sects from selling land to each other, yet it was not passed. 

Current Situation

Based on the current figures, the total area owned by non-Lebanese until mid-July 2017 amounted to around 39 million m2 (square meters), distributed across all Lebanese Aqdiya as illustrated in the table below. 

The table shows the following:
- The largest area owned by non-Lebanese is in the Qada’a of Baabda, amounting to around 5 million m2. It represents 2.57% of the area of the Qada’a, i.e. very close to the legal limit (3%). This means that the remaining area to be acquired by non-Lebanese is very small in this Qada’a. It is followed by the Qada’a of Aley, where the ownership proportion stands at 2.19%, then by the Qada’a of Matn at 1.8%.

- Despite the Syrian war and instability in Lebanon, the area owned by foreigners increased from 15.8 million m2 in 2006 to 35 million m2 in 2011 and 39 million m2 in July 2017, i.e. around 4 million m2 from 2011 to 2017. The overall area is owned by 79,000 foreigners. 


Note: The calculated area does not include the foreigners’ properties that are not registered at the Cadastre. This means that the area owned by foreigners is larger than what is mentioned in the table.


Table showing the non-Lebanese property ownership between 1-1-1969 and 18-7-2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

Total area owned by non-Lebanese

until July 2017

Mohafaza

Qada’a

Area of Qada’a (m2)

Total area owned by non-Lebanese from 1-1-1969

to 4-5-2006 (m2)

Total area owned by non-Lebanese

from 1-1-1969

to 18-2-2011 (m2)

Number of Owners

Area

(m2)

Percent of Qada’a area

%

Nabatieh

Bint Jbeil

325,000,000

                0

0

227

356,426

0.149

Nabatieh

Marjeyoun

330,000,000

5,558

1,334,776

1,131

847,107

0.188

Nabatieh

Nabatieh

270,000,000

62,428

253,021

6,122

1,646,065

0.610

Nabatieh

Hasbaya

290,000,000

0

21,263

1,614

856,726

0.314

Beqa’a

Hermel

381,665,497

65,765

473,326

585

314,535

0.182

Beqa’a

Western Beqa’a

480,000,000

80,869

478,702

93

25,494

0.016

Beqa’a

Baalbeck

2,412,000,000

298,270

1,711,724

223

67,239

0.036

Beqa’a

Rashaya

530,000,000

19,305

98,811

3,745

1,380,770

0.321

Beqa’a

Zahle

423,215,093

1,028,211

2,699,395

553

409,803

0.49

 

 

 

 

 

Total area owned by non-Lebanese

until July 2017

Mohafaza

Qada’a

Area of Qada’a (m2)

Total area owned by non-Lebanese from 1-1-1969

to 4-5-2006 (m2)

Total area owned by non-Lebanese

from 1-1-1969

to 18-2-2011 (m2)

Number of Owners

Area

(m2)

Percent of Qada’a area

%

South Lebanon

Sour

450,000,000

303,859

388,872

402

358,356

0.133

South Lebanon

Saida

270,000,000

1,106,399

1,765,702

16

8,778

0.003

South Lebanon

Jezzine

240,000,000

22,983

285,233

34

31,460

0.011

North Lebanon

Batroun

273,000,000

243,092

822,848

153

1,338,699

0.406

North Lebanon

Zgharta

185,000,000

40,635

42,051

16,174

1,201,690

6.751

North Lebanon

Trablous

430,000,000

375,747

935,523

4,348

2,790,957

0.594

North Lebanon

Koura

172,449,251

207,026

365,019

9,975

4,958,785

1.837

North Lebanon

Bsharri

160,000,000

11,175

24,702

11,065

4,885,310

2.571

North Lebanon

Akkar

840,000,000

215,514

327,208

937

1,432,786

0.363

Beirut

Beirut

17,800,065

896,762

1,164,413

11,390

5,912,731

2.190

Mount Lebanon

Jbeil

395,000,000

252,556

1,323,085

4,468

1,281,809

0.394

Mount Lebanon

Kessrouan

325,000,000

787,042

1,327,865

777

765,026

0.159

Mount Lebanon

Aley

270,000,000

3,405,153

5,812,570

64

484,585

0.127

Mount Lebanon

Matn

270,000,000

1,403,890

5,607,192

1,456

4,949,114

0.205

Mount Lebanon

Shouf

470,000,000

1,286,743

2,647,177

157

117,043

0.022

Mount Lebanon

Baabda

190,000,000

3,735,479

5,014,217

3,263

2,354,665

0.556

Lebanon

10,400,129,906

15,854,461

34,924,696

78,972

38,775,959

0.373

 

 


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