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A room in the hostel: not to leave, but privatize

The ignorance of the laws by one person and a failure to comply with by the other could have caused the inhabitant of Lugansk to remain without a roof over her head. Only one consultation of the lawyer of Severodonetsk office of the Legal Development Network changed the situation.

Olena Mischenko* addressed Office at the Civil Platform for legal aid. She told that she was required to release the room in the hostel by the end of the month. The premises belong to the Ukrainian Society of the Blind (UTOS), and Olena has been living in it for more than 10 years.

The lawyer of the Office Serhii Boldar told the woman that recently she has the right to privatize this home - according to the law signed by the President of Ukraine on June 1, 2017, No. 1076 "Presidential Proposals to the Law" On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Implementation of Residential Tenants' Hostels".

"In accordance with the Law No. 1076, citizens who are legally registered at their place of residence in a hostel and actually reside therein on the terms of providing them with lodging places receive the right to privatize residential premises in the hostel after their resettlement in separate living quarters in the hostel, created in the process of privatization (corporatization) of former state or communal enterprises, including those that were subsequently transferred to the authorized capital of other legal entities or alienated by other means.

This document more clearly defines the scope of the law "On ensuring the realization of residential rights of dormitory residents" No. 500-VI dated September 4, 2008, which is the lawful inhabitants of dormitories", said the lawyer.

Also, Serhii Boldar called the director of the local representative office of the Ukrainian Society of the Blind and reminded him of the Law No. 1076 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Implementation of the Residential Laws of Dwellers' Accommodation".

The lawyer stressed that at present, this law is violated by the head of the UTSOS. And if things will go on and on, then the dispute will have to be resolved in court, as with any violation of the laws of Ukraine.

The consultation on the right to privatize housing and the conversation with the head of the UTOS provided the woman with confidence in her rights and their follow-up. At the same time, Serhii Boldar assured Olena that, if necessary, the lawyers of the Office are ready to continue to provide her with free legal aid.

*The name is changed for ethical reasons.

P.S. Offices of Legal Development Network are created and work with the financial support of Human Rights and Justice Program Initiative of International Renaissance Foundation. You can learn more about activity of Network, basics and principles of work on Legal Space website.

 The opinion of the International Renaissance Foundation cannot coincide with the point of view of authors of publication.

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