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Recommendations of High Commissioner considered in accommodation privatisation law

29 February 2016
Recommendations of High Commissioner considered in accommodation privatisation law

On 29 February, the federal law on the extension until 1 March 2017 of free privatisation of the  state-owned  and municipal accommodation occupied by citizens on the basis of a social rent agreement came into effect. The law takes into account the recommendations of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia submitted earlier to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

On 26 January, Ella Pamfilova sent an official letter to Dmitry Medvedev with a request to preserve the perpetual right of certain categories of persons to privatise accommodation once and free of charge. Ms Pamfilova noted that citizens living in hazardous accommodation who claim provision of housing upon the court order, orphans or children left without parental care and also the Crimean citizens cannot exercise their right to housing for reasons beyond their control.

Ella Pamfilova stressed in her appeal that if such individuals had lost the right to free privatisation after 1 March 2016, they would have been treated unequally in relation to those who received and privatised their housing prior to that date. This could have lead to the violation of the principle of equality guaranteed by Article 19 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

The Federal Law No. 33-FZ as of 29 February 2016  On Amending Article 2 of the Federal Law 'On Promulgation of the Housing Code of the Russian Federation' envisages the extension until 1 March 2017 free privatisation of the state-owned and municipal accommodation occupied by citizens on the basis of a social rent agreement. A draft bill was drawn up by the government. The federal law was adopted by the State Duma on 24 February 2016 and was approved by the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly on 26 February 2016.

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