State Duma passes housing redevelopment bill

State Duma passes housing redevelopment bill
Its final version includes several dozen amendments guaranteeing the rights of five-storey block residents.

The State Duma has passed a housing redevelopment bill in its third and final reading. Several dozen amendments were made in the bill to protect the rights of tenants and flat owners in five-storey blocks eligible for demolition, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin says on his Vkontakte page. One of these amendments reads: “The redevelopment programme shall only include buildings whose residents vote to approve prior to the entry of the present Law into force.” This means the Moscow Government has no right to extend the programme to other buildings after the law enters into force.

“This amendment might appear harsh at first sight but it is reasonable because it protects the residents of all five-storey blocks, whether they will be demolished or not,” the Mayor wrote.

 

 

The State Duma has passed the housing redevelopment bill in its third and final reading today. We thank the deputies. Several dozen amendments were made to the bill to protect the rights of residents of five-storey tower blocks eligible for demolition. One of them reads: “The redevelopment programme shall only include buildings whose residents vote to approve prior to the entry of the present Law into force. The Moscow Government has no right to extend the programme to other buildings after the law enters into force.”

This amendment might appear harsh at first sight but it is reasonable because it protects the residents of all five-storey blocks, whether they will be demolished or not. 

If a building is included in the programme, its residents on the new housing wait list can be sure that their turn will not be deferred, and if it is not included, the residents will know they won’t be bothered. 

Voting on the Active Citizen website and at integrated government service centres will finish tomorrow, with the results for every building to be made public in a matter of two or three days. 

Taking into consideration the amendment on limiting the terms for including a building in the programme, we have decided to extend the deadline for general meetings of residents by a month to give residents one last chance to make up their minds and take a final decision.

Records of general meetings are accepted up to 15 July but no later than the date on which the redevelopment law comes into effect.

Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow Mayor

Voting on the draft redevelopment programme concludes tomorrow, 15 June. Public comments can be made on the Active Citizen website and at My Documents government service centres. The results for every building will be made public in two or three days.

Residents of buildings included in the programme are entitled to the same number of rooms and total floor space as their old flats in the same neighbourhood, with the exception of the Zelenograd, Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative districts, where new accommodations will be located within the same district.