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Housing over 5 workers at one place in family residential areas a violation

Housing over 5 workers at one place  in family residential areas a violation

Housing more than five workers at one place within family residential areas is a violation of the law and it will attract legal action, according to a ministerial decision.
Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Eng Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al Subaie issued ministerial decision No 105 of 2020 defining family residential areas and what is considered workers’ camps within those areas, in addition to determining those excluded from this decision.
The decision is an implementation of the provisions of Law No 15 of 2010 on the prohibition of workers camps within family residential areas amended by Law No 22 of 2019.
The ministerial decision defined worker camps within family residential areas. If any violation is detected, a warning shall be sent to the violator, be it the lessor or the lessee, or both, in addition to issuing a report of the violation and then demanding the eviction of the property.
In case of non-compliance, the forced eviction of the violating building is carried out along with cutting off power and water supply from the violating housing.
In cases of offence, the penalty is imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months and a fine not less than QR50,000 and not more than QR100,000 or one of the two penalties.
The law authorised the Minister of Municipality and Environment or his representative to reconcile in exchange for paying half of the maximum fine by paying QR50,000 in addition to vacating workers from the violating building.
The decision No 105 of 2020 excluded female worker camps whatever the nature of their work, as well as domestic workers in houses and similar categories, such as maids and drivers.
The ministerial decision comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to preserve the health of workers and limit the number of workers in one accommodation which must be not more than five workers, in addition to limiting the phenomenon of unregulated housing, which does not meet the specifications of adequate worker housing.
The MME called for abiding by the provisions of the aforementioned decision and vacating accommodations that have surplus workers in order to avoid legal accountability.