The Parliament approved a new unified law on building in Egypt (Law 119 of 2008). The new law sets rules organizing construction, demolition and maintenance works of buildings in urban and rural areas. Under the new building law, contractors can get building licenses in a week as opposed to months. The new law also organizes the maintenance of buildings, especially old ones that are now in shoddy condition because of poor maintenance. The new law further reorganizes urban planning to avoid any more slum areas.