Officials encounter ‘shocking’ living conditions, red tape in enforcing new housing law
Many landlords who rent their villas to bachelors say they do not know about Qatar’s new law banning certain classes of workers in residential areas, slowing enforcement of the policy, officials have said.
Under the law, which came into effect Nov. 1, only construction workers are not allowed to live in family neighborhoods. But tracking down the landlords who rent out the villas has been tricky.
And searching accommodations that have been complained about by neighbors has yielded some unexpected findings.
The Peninsula reports:
An official of the Al Rayyan Municipality cited an incident to the daily where the inspectors found a villa in the Maidir area that accommodated 145 workers belonging to five companies. More than 15 workers had been put up in one room.
Even more surprisingly, the workers had been sleeping in shifts, due to shortage of space to accommodate all of them at one time. When 70 workers go out for work, the other 70 plus workers take their turn to sleep.
Given the challenges, officials are estimating that it will take at least another four months to remove construction workers from residential areas.
It’s hard not to wonder what will happen to the men once they’re all moved to the Industrial Area. Who will look into their living conditions then?