The Minister of Municipality and Environment (MME) His Excellency Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie issued a Ministerial Decision No. 105 for the year 2020 today, according to which, housing over five workers in a living area within family residential areas is a violation of the law. The law also defines family residential areas and what is considered workers camps within those areas. It also defined those that were excluded from this decision, according to QNA.
This decision comes in implementation of the provisions of Law No. 15 for the year 2010 regarding the ban on labour accommodation within family residential areas, as amended by Law No. 22 of 2019.
The Ministerial Decision has excluded female workers from its provision regardless of the nature of their work, as well as the housing of domestic workers and those that come within this category, for example, housemaids and drivers.
According to the legal procedures provided in the law, a warning will be issued to the violator, whether landlord, tenant or both. After recording the violation, the violator will be asked to vacate the workers residing in that particular accommodation. If there is non compliance, the authorities will force eviction of the building, and cut off the water and electricity connection.
Violators will get a jail sentence of upto to six months and fine that may be anything between QR 50,000 and QR 100,000, or one of them.
The law has, further, allowed for the MME or its representative to make reconciliation with the violators against half of the maximum fine which is QR50,000 and vacating the violating housing from the workers.
The decision comes within the framework of the Ministry's efforts to protect the health of workers and limit the gathering of over five workers in an accommodation in family residential areas. It also aims at limiting informal housing, which does not meet the specifications of adequate housing for workers.
The MME has urged everyone to abide by the provisions of the aforementioned decision to avoid legal action.
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