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Germany: States Implement Federal Rent Control Act

(Aug. 3, 2015) On June 1, 2015, a new federal act on rent control entered into force in Germany. The Tenancy Law Amendment Act authorizes the individual German states to enact regulations to designate “tight housing markets” in which a rent cap will apply. Twelve of the 16 German states (Länder) have implemented the Act […]

China: New Measures on Foster Families

(Dec. 12, 2014) On September 24, 2014, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs promulgated new measures on foster care, which took effect on December 1, 2014. They replace temporary measures that have been applied since 2004. (Jiating jiyang guanli banfa [Measures for the Management of Family Fosterage] (adopted on Sept. 14, 2014), Ministry of Civil Affairs […]

Japan: New Law and Tax Measure to Promote Demolition and Reuse of Abandoned Houses

(Dec. 5, 2014) Japan has recently taken two measures that apply to the management of vacant housing. Abandoned houses may collapse, be fire traps and sanitation hazards, and disturb the look of the neighborhood. Strangers may sneak in and live there. (Takeshi Fukuda, Akiya mondai no genjo to taisaku [Current Situation of Vacant Houses and […]

Japan: Support and Promotion of Amami and Ogasawara Islands

(Apr. 24, 2014) The Diet (Japan’s parliament) recently extended the effect of special acts that promote two remote island groups, the Amami and Ogasawara Islands, and added measures to promote and develop the areas. (Act No. 6 of 2014; text of the legislation [in Japanese], Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website (last […]

Israel: Regulation of Affordable Housing

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Planning and Construction Procedures for Speeding of Residential Construction (Temporary Provision) Law, 5771-2011. The stated purpose of the Law is to temporarily provide special arrangements for the approval of construction of residential apartments of various sizes. The Law is intended to increase […]

Israel: Environmentally Friendly Urban Planning

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Planning and Building Law, 5725-1965. The purpose of the amendment is to emphasize the significance of careful development of open areas and to both ensure preservation of existing open areas and allocate more such places in populated urban areas. […]