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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Right to housing

10 April 2018
Dialogue with High Commissioner. Right to housing

The right to housing is enshrined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation, therefore in some cases the state undertakes to provide citizens with an apartment or a house. However, unfortunately, violations of housing rights occur constantly and everywhere.

I received a collective appeal from members of the F-B. family, residents of the Altai Territory, on improving housing conditions. The fact is that their housing was lost due to the flood in 2014.

In accordance with the decision of the district court, the applicants were to be included in the list of citizens entitled to receive state housing certificates, but the administration did not implement this decision and did not improve housing conditions.

I sent several appeals to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Altai Territory, the Administration of the Region, the Ministry of Construction, Transport, Housing and Utilities of the Altai Territory. According to the reply received, the State housing certificate was issued to the family F-B. by the order of the Government of the Altai Territory.

We also helped citizen M., who addressed me with a complaint about violation of the rights of her family with three children, one of whom was a disabled child.

In 2006, the house where the applicant lived with her family was found unfit for further habitation on the basis of the opinion of the interdepartmental commission. In 2015, the family of M. was included in the list of citizens entitled to priority allocation of accommodation under social rental agreement.

Due to the fact that the city administration did not take measures to improve housing conditions for a long time, the applicant appealed to the court, the claims were satisfied, but the court’s decision was not enforced for a long time, which grossly violated the housing rights of a large family.

After reviewing the provided materials, I sent requests to the administration and the Prosecutor’s Office of Cherepovets in the Vologda Region. According to the mayor’s office, the applicant was offered a two-room apartment; she had already agreed to move in.

Once again, it took several years for families to obtain their housing, and time is an invaluable resource and on the part of officials it is inhumane to leave people in «waiting lists» for years.

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