De-Sovietization of legislation: just bury the Housing Code, don't resurrect it under a new name

Housing Code of Ukraine

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The Parliament of Ukraine has adopted the Law "On De-Sovietization of the Legislation of Ukraine". According to Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the implementation of the law will allow removing "legislative garbage" from Ukrainian legislation.

Ruslan Stefanchuk stated: "We are beginning the process of “cleansing” of almost 1,200 acts of state authorities and administration of the USSR and the Ukrainian SSR. Such acts will be declared invalid on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, some codes that are still in force in Ukraine will get rid of soviet terminology. "

The idea is good, but there are some ifs and buts. According to Ruslan Stefanchuk, the implementation of the law also requires the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to develop and submit to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine drafts of the Housing Code of Ukraine, the Labor Code of Ukraine and the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Meanwhile the professional community has big questions about the Housing Code. The fact is that such a code is in itself an anachronism, a relic of the soviet past. It made sense in the Soviet economy, when the state owned almost all of the housing stock, distributed it, and private ownership of housing was almost non-existent. In the conditions of market relations and private property, the housing code simply does not have its own subject of regulation. Housing codes are not known to the legislation of modern developed countries. Instead, it is used only by post-Soviet countries.

Real de-sovietization of Ukrainian legislation means declaring the Housing Code repealed. Let us just bury this soviet corpse - instead of resurrecting it under a new name.