Turkmenistan: Rental Crackdown Provokes Diplomatic Incident
Turkmenistan’s recent rushed decision to declare war on delinquent landlords has backfired with embarrassing results and reportedly ended up with the ambassador of a friendly nation being cast out onto the street.
The story began on February 5, when President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov grumbled at a Cabinet meeting about the lack of regulation in the buy-to-let business.
On one hand, it was good that Turkmens have grown so affluent that they are able to buy multiple apartments, the president appeared to argue, but the government should be getting its cut too.
Berdymukhamedov criticized chiefs of police and local governments for failing to tackle the problem and demanded that a formal system be imposed for apartment rental, so as to bring the business into line with the law.
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