The Landlords and Tenants Law allows landlords to increase the rents charged on their properties. A large proportion of Jordan’s population lives in rented accommodation with fixed rent payments that were often set decades ago.

Mizan’s director Eva Abu Halaweh warned that landlords will force their existing tenants to leave so that they can attract higher-paying tenants as soon as the law comes into force on 1 January 2011.

“Landlords will be filing lawsuits to kick tenants out and tenants will try to find any reason to hold on to the places where they live. Violence is not a far-off possibility,” Halaweh said.