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Sides differ over rent law’s scope

CPP and CNRP officials were at odds yesterday regarding the scope of a proposed rent control law during the first meeting of its technical working group, an opposition party member said.

The newly created eight-person group, which consists of four members from each party, discussed the law’s purpose and the groups it will cover during the hour-long meeting.

“It seems that we’re not really on the same page this time,” said working group deputy and CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrith.

Members of his party, Chanrith said, want “the law to apply broadly to all tenants and homeowners in the Kingdom”, while the CPP envisioned that the law will just extend to low-income groups, specifically factory workers and poor students.

Both parties have agreed to write their own version of the rent control law’s purpose and scope before the next meeting at the end of March.

“We plan to compare and, if we are different on some points, also reach an agreement in the next meeting,” Chanrith said.

CPP representatives could not be reached for comment.

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