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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Housing issue

02 December 2019
Dialogue with High Commissioner. Housing issue

Perhaps, housing is one of the most common topics in the complaints coming to me.

I received an appeal from resident of Yekaterinburg M. She asked for help in solving her housing problem. As it follows from the cassation appeal, the applicant’s family was a tenant of a room in a communal apartment and since 1980 has been deemed to be in need of better housing conditions. According to M., the housing was in unsatisfactory technical condition, so she repeatedly appealed to local authorities regarding repairs, but the appeals were ignored.

I sent a request to the prosecutor of the Sverdlovsk Region. After my appeal, I received an answer from which it followed that the survey did not show damage to the foundation, walls and supporting structures. The residential building was provided with centralized engineering systems for heating, cold water supply, and sanitation. Meanwhile, during the inspection of the applicant’s apartment, cracks were found in the load-bearing wooden partitions in the toilet and the kitchen. It was also established that the above-mentioned apartment building was not included in the regional program for the overhaul of common property in apartment buildings of the Sverdlovsk Region for 2015–2044.

After my repeated appeal to the prosecutor of the Sverdlovsk Region and lengthy inspections, the apartment building in which M. lived was recognized as emergency and subject to demolition.

We were able to positively resolve the issue, and I really hope that M. and her family will find peace, comfort and warmth in a new home in their new housing.

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