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Saudi to introduce real estate disputes court

Sources quoted by local media say the courts are expected to be established next year

Saudi to introduce real estate disputes court
The Kingdom Tower stands illuminated at night on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, April 9, 2012. Saudi Arabias gross domestic product expanded 6.64 percent in the fourth quarter from a year ago, the kingdoms statistics agency said. (Bloomberg)

Saudi is set introduce a new court to deal with real estate disputes, it was reported.

Sources originally quoted by Al Watan Arabic newspaper said the courts were expected to be established next year in a number of major cities and wiill be solely dedicated to considering real estate lawsuits.

They said the courts will handle issues concerning disputes over land appropriations, land deeds, differences between tenants and landlords on delayed rents, evictions and complaints about building destruction, in addition to others, Saudi Gazette reported.

The sources said the courts, which will be manned by qualified judges, will expedite consideration of real estate issues and relieve general courts of the burden of looking into such cases.

They said the courts would also consider lawsuits against land sharks, scam operations and questionable real estate deals.

Youssef Abdullatif Al Jabr, a legal expert, said under the kingdom’s judicial system, the Supreme Judicial Council was empowered to establish specialised courts.

The head of the property evaluation committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Abdullah Al-Ahmari, reportedly welcomed the move.

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