On October 15, pro-regime media reported that 800 displaced families had returned to Maaret Al-Numan, located in the rural Idlib governorate. A ceremony was reportedly held for their return, attended by state and Baath Party officials. But when the ceremony ended, most returning families left the destroyed city, according to a correspondent for The Syria Report in the area, as extensive damage to homes and infrastructure has rendered Maaret Al-Numan uninhabitable. 
When the various institutions belonging to the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria expropriate privately owned lands for public benefit, they compensate the original owners only if the latter demands such payments. The lack of laws about expropriation and bodies to regulate the process contribute to this phenomenon.
The State Security Department’s General Intelligence recently sent the mukhtar of a town in Rural Damascus a list of names of 70 displaced residents. Although the issuance of the list suggests that the intelligence agency had no objection to their return, it does not necessarily mean that returns will occur anytime soon.
Under the pretext of security and military needs, an armed opposition group seized civilian-owned farms and homes in the city of Al-Bab in northern Aleppo in 2017. Five years later, the original owners have been unable to recover their properties. 
Eviction and evacuation of damaged homes have continued in the Karm Houmed neighbourhood of east Aleppo city amid fears of building collapses. Some of the recent demolitions appear to have been done at random or based on maliciously written reports, rather than on safety standards or legal requirements. 
The Higher Investment Council recently decided to create the first development zone in Syria within the Al-Layramoun Industrial Zone in Aleppo. However, until the executive instructions for the decision are issued, there is still some ambiguity over how officials will implement the zone.