Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, speaking at a meeting of the “Development Club” on Thursday, September 24, commented on the draft amendments to the Urban Development, Land and Housing Codes, which many call the law on all-Russian housing renovation, submitted to the State Duma.
According to him, now the initiative is being actively discussed, and what the final parameters will be will be clear after the discussion of the first and second readings. At the same time, Khusnullin noted that there was no talk of an all-Russian renovation. The renovation of the housing stock will take place within the framework of the programs for the resettlement of damaged and uninhabitable houses.
“Now we are resettling emergency housing, which was recognized as such before January 1, 2017. During this time, we have added about 12 million square meters. m of such housing. We see that the number of hazardous housing is growing every year. Therefore, there are a number of proposals on how to speed up this program, “Interfax quotes the Deputy Prime Minister as saying.
Now, Khusnullin added, there are many constraining factors hindering resettlement, and the law will have to minimize them. In his opinion, it will be very effective for million-plus cities, and a large development market within cities will open up. The Deputy Prime Minister hopes that the law will be adopted in the autumn session.
The authors of the bill are senators Nikolai Zhuravlev, Oleg Melnichenko, Andriy Shevchenko and State Duma deputy Yevgeny Moskvichev. According to their proposal, when deciding on the demolition and reconstruction of houses, the opinions of residents will be taken into account, as well as their right to withdraw from the program at any stage. In addition, the bill provides for the resettlement of residents included in the program, using the mechanism of mandatory conclusion of agreements on the transfer of rights to residential premises.
As noted by Kommersant, many points of the bill are taken from the regulatory framework for the Moscow renovation program. The decision to demolish can be made if half of the site is occupied by emergency housing, unauthorized buildings or apartment buildings included in the address program.
On September 21, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Housing Policy and Housing and Utilities, Sergei Pakhomov, called for the term “dilapidated housing” to be enshrined in the law, before giving the subjects the right to make decisions on the demolition of non-emergency houses. In a commentary to Izvestia, he stressed that when renovating, it is necessary to respect the rights of citizens when seizing territory and making decisions on demolition.
In June, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko proposed to distribute the housing renovation program throughout the country, specifying that there would not be enough public money for these projects and that it was necessary to attract investors.