Sergei Sobyanin approves Moscow Housing Relocation Programme

Sergei Sobyanin approves Moscow Housing Relocation Programme
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The City Government Presidium has adopted the Housing Relocation Programme as per the Federal Law No. 141-FZ dated 1 July 2017.

“I have approved the five-storey building relocation programme. It includes 5,144 buildings, or over 350,000 flats with approximately 1,000,000 residents. Let me stress that, starting from today, owners of residential or non-residential property in the apartment buildings included in the programme shall be exempt from all housing repair fees. The list of districts with the first new buildings will be finalised by 1 October,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The list of buildings in the programme includes 5,144 blocks of flats with a total area of about 16,000,000 square metres and about one million residents. The full list can be found at the website.

The list includes buildings dating back to the first stage of industrial housing construction or buildings built using similar structural elements.

The majority of the buildings are located in the Eastern Administrative Area (1,055), and the minority in Zelenograd (34).

Buildings in the programme per administrative area

Administrative area

Number of buildings

Eastern Administrative Area


Western Administrative Area


Zelenograd Administrative Area


Northern Administrative Area


Northeastern Administrative Area


Northwestern Administrative Area


Novomoskovsky and Troitsky administrative areas


Central Administrative Area


Southern Administrative Area


Southeastern Administrative Area


Southwestern Administrative Area


The majority of the five-storey buildings to be torn down are in the Kuzminki district in the southeast of Moscow (284 buildings) while there is only one each in several central districts (Arbat, Khamovniki, Zamoskvorechye and others).

About 4,062 of 5,144 buildings were included in the relocation programme after the voting at My Documents public services centres and on the Active Citizen website. The owners and tenants of 1,082 buildings held meetings where they decided to join the programme.

The building list is not final. Some of the decisions taken during owners’ meetings were challenged in court. If the court rules that these decisions comply with law, the City Government will consider including the buildings in the relocation programme.

The residents and tenants of the buildings involved have a right to leave the programme. According to law, this may be decided at a meeting of the owners at every stage before the first relocation contract is signed.

Buildings with historical or architectural value may be relocated but will not be demolished. The city will provide residents with new flats, and then decide on the purpose of each building.

Programme schedule

According to City Resolution of 1 August 2017, the residents affected by the relocation programme shall be exempt from housing repair fees.

The list of districts with the first new buildings to be built during 2017-2019 will finalised by 1 October. Construction of the new buildings will launch the first wave of relocation.

The necessary legislative acts will be developed by 1 January 2018, and the urban development documents by 1 August 2019. Over 100 district plans must be prepared and approved by the residents. This is the quickest ever that such a large volume of urban development documentation is being drafted in Moscow.

In addition to new buildings, the district design projects provide for new transport, social and utility infrastructure (parks, boulevards, parking, shops). In particular, the projects will be focused on creating accessible facilities and appealing architecture.

The block-by-block development will be used as a basic principle as it provides clear borders between private residential yards and public areas.

Retail, service, education, health, culture, sport and entertainment businesses will be located in non-residential properties on the ground floors. This means walking distance for residents and new employment opportunities.

The stages of the relocation programme and the implementation schedule will be determined by 31 December 2019 as soon as the development documentation is available.

The entire relocation programme should be finished within 15 years, by 2032.

What to expect from the relocation programme

The Housing Relocation Programme will improve housing conditions for about a million residents and provide additional properties for other future owners.

The housing built under the programme will also improve the city’s architectural appeal. The city will not allow this widely spread dilapidated building problem to occur again.

Outdated buildings will be replaced by high-quality, durable, and comfortable new buildings using energy-saving technology. Most of the utility infrastructure will be upgraded.

The new neighbourhoods will be the beginning of the city’s polycentric organisation which will decrease transport workload and usage. It will allow establishing a modern urban environment for living, recreation, and work.