A bill to ban to give shelter under hostels passed in the first reading

The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill prohibiting the use of premises as hotels and hostels, as well as to provide them in hotel services, according to materials of the lower house of Parliament.

The bill proposes to Supplement part 3 of article 17 the Housing code of the Russian Federation, which refers to the prohibition to place in residential areas of industrial production, the words “as well as hotels and other accommodation facilities, providing hotel services and other accommodation services”.

The document was submitted to the lower house of Parliament Deputy Galina Khovanskaya (Fair Russia), Elena Nikolaeva (“United Russia”), Alexander Abalakov (CPRF) and Sergey Katasonov (LDPR) in September 2015. The authors of the document believe that the use of accommodation as hotels and hostels leads to the violation of housing rights of residents living in the adjacent apartments.

As he wrote RBC, in October last year, the relevant Committee recommended the adoption of the bill in the first reading, and its consideration was postponed several times.

Against the ban to place in living rooms mini-hotels was made by the Ministry of culture and the Public chamber, which noted that the proposed changes worsen the situation of the homeowners, contrary to the law and create the preconditions for the emergence of social tension.