The authorities declined to complete a program of free privatization of housing

The profile state Duma Committee on housing on Monday, February 6, approved the amendment about prolongation of the program of free privatization of housing for the Russians until January 1, 2019. For orphans, this right is perpetual, involves the amendment of United Russia deputies Alexander Sidyakina, Pavel kachkaeva and Chairman of the Duma Committee for housing and communal services Galina Khovanskaya (Fair Russia).

Reports on the intention of authorities to stop free privatisation as of 1 March 2017 provoked a stir in Moscow and other regions, although MPs were assured that a special demand for privatization has not, announced at the Committee meeting Khovanskaya. According to Sidyakina, the representatives of the faction of United Russia on Monday met with the Chairman of the party, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for advice regarding the timing of privatization.

Privatization will definitely be renewed, said Sidyakin at the end of the consultation. More precisely, the renewal terms will be determined on Tuesday, 7 February, said the Deputy. Sidyakin did not rule out that maybe the indefinite extension of the program. Medvedev’s press Secretary Natalia Timakova on the question of whether the Prime Minister discussed with United Russia the indefinite extension of the privatization, was advised to go to the “United Russia”.

Earlier the Duma in the first reading adopted Sidyakina the bill involves the termination of free privatisation of housing since March 1, 2017. The opportunity to privatize housing until January 1, 2020 remained only a few categories of citizens — residents of Crimea and Sevastopol, the orphans and the waiting list whose homes are in disrepair prior to 1 January 2012. Opinions on the need to end universal free privatization in 2017, followed by government, said during the discussion of the bill at the meeting of the Duma Committee for housing and communal services, the representative of the Ministry of construction. Maintaining a program of free privatization hinders the development of rental housing market and the formation of a maneuverable housing stock by local authorities, said the official.

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