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Translation validity: 23.11.2007.–02.06.2009.
Amendments not included: 30.04.2009., 03.12.2009., 16.09.2010., 06.11.2013., 19.06.2014., 30.11.2015., 17.03.2016., 30.03.2017., 22.11.2017.

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Text consolidated by Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre) with amending laws of:

11 September 2003;
22 December 2004;
10 May 2007;
15 November 2007.

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted
and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Law On Assistance In Solving Apartment Matters

[22 December 2004]

Chapter I
General Provisions

Section 1. Purpose of this Law

This Law prescribes, which persons have the right to receive assistance in solving residential space matters (hereinafter also - apartment), as well as the procedures by which the assistance is provided for inhabitants in solving apartment matters (hereinafter also - assistance).

[22 December 2004]

Section 2. Persons, who have the Right to Receive Assistance from Local Government

Persons specified in this Law, who have been recognised as entitled to receive assistance by a decision of a local government council or a delegated institution thereof in accordance with the provisions of this Law, may receive assistance from the local government.

[22 December 2004]

Section 3. Types of Assistance

There are the following types of assistance:

1) rent of local government-owned or leased thereof residential spaces (Sections 11-21);

2) renting out a social apartment (Section 22);

3) provision with temporary residential space (Section 23)';

4) assistance in exchanging a rented residential space for other rentable residential space (Section 24);

5) allocation of allowance to cover payment for residential tenancy and payment for services associated with usage of the residential space (hereinafter - accommodation allowance) (Section 25);

6) allocation of a one-time allowance for renovation of a residential space or residential house (Section 26);

7) allocation of a one-time allowance for vacation of a residential space (Section 26.1);

8) renovation of a residential space (Section 27);

9) assistance in purchase or construction of a residential space (Section 27.1); and

10) assistance in the renovation and restoration of residential housing (Section 27.2).

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 4. Local Government That Provides Assistance

(1) Assistance shall be provided by the local government in the administrative territory of which the relevant person has declared the place of his or her residence, except in the case referred to in Section 14, Paragraph one, Clauses 3, 4 and 5 of this Law, as well as in the case referred to in Paragraph two of this Section.

(2) A local government has the right to provide assistance also to the persons referred to in Section 13 and 14 of this Law, who have not declared their place of residence in the administrative territory thereof, provided that this local government has offered to provide the respective assistance to all persons, who have declared their place of residence in the administrative territory thereof and have been registered to receive local government assistance, or who have declared their place of residence in the territory thereof and to whom local government assistance shall be provided immediately.

(3) Local governments may co-operate in renting residential space to persons who require assistance, by entering into a relevant agreement.

[22 December 2004]

Section 5. Institution, which Takes a Decision regarding the Provision of Assistance

A council of the relevant local government or a delegated institution thereof shall take a decision regarding provision of assistance in solving apartment matters, observing the provisions of this Law and the binding regulations of the local government council.

[22 December 2004]

Chapter II
Registration Procedures to Receive Assistance

[22 December 2004]

Section 6. Procedures by which a Person shall be Recognised as Entitled to Receive Assistance from a Local Government

(1) A person who wishes to receive assistance (except the assistance referred to in Section 13; 27.1, Paragraph one and Section 27.2, Paragraph one) shall submit to the relevant local government a written application in which is indicated the potential types of assistance preferred by the person, and documents, which certify that such person is entitled to receive assistance.

(2) Documents, which are necessary in order to certify the right of a person to receive assistance in solving apartment matters, a local government shall determine in binding regulations. The referred to documents State and local government institutions shall issue free of charge.

(3) An application of a person to receive assistance shall be examined and a decision regarding the recognition of the person as entitled to receive assistance or regarding a refusal to recognise the persons as entitled to receive assistance shall be taken by a local government city council (parish council) or the delegated institution thereof. The local government shall send a written notice regarding the taking of a decision to the applicant at the address indicated by them.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 7. Procedures for Registration of a Person Entitled to Receive Assistance from a Local Government

[10 May 2007]

(1) A person shall be registered in a register of assistance to be provided in solving apartment matters (hereinafter - assistance register), if he or she according to the procedures in Section 6 of this Law has been recognised as entitled to receive assistance.

(2) [10 May 2007]

(3) A person may be registered in two or more assistance registers at the same time.

(4) Persons, observing the provisions of Section 8, Paragraph three of this Law, shall be registered in an assistance register in the order they submitted an application for the receipt of the relevant type of assistance to a local government.

(5) A local government city council (parish council) or a delegated institution thereof according to the procedures specified in binding regulations may take a decision to refuse to recognise a person as entitled to receive the assistance referred to in Section 3, Clause 1 of this Law:

1) for five years after the person has given consent to privatise the State or local government apartment he or she rents to another person and has entered into an agreement with that person regarding termination of the right to use the residential space;

2) for five years after an apartment belonging to the person has been sold or otherwise alienated with the consent of the person, and he or she has forfeited the right to use the relevant apartment as a result of the transaction; or

3) if the person has in ownership residential housing or residential space fit for living in conformity to the provisions of Section 16, Paragraph three of this Law.

(6) A local government council in the binding regulations thereof may provide also for other cases when the local government has the right to refuse the assistance referred to in Section 3, Clause 1 of this Law, if the person has deliberately aggravated the conditions of his or her apartment prior to requesting assistance.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 8. Assistance Register

(1) An assistance register shall be established in each local government, where there are persons who wish and are entitled to receive assistance.

(2) An assistance register shall be established separately for each type of assistance specified in Section 3 of this Law provided by a local government.

(3) Persons shall be registered in two groups in each assistance register:

1) persons, who shall be provided with the relevant assistance first; and

2) other persons, specified by a local government in accordance with this Law.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 9. Information to be Included in an Assistance Register

(1) The following information shall be included in an assistance register regarding each person registered to receive assistance:

1) given name and surname of the registered person;

2) date, when an application regarding the receipt of assistance has been registered;

3) sequence number of the person in the assistance register; and

4) other information, which shall be specified by a local government and which is acquired on the basis of the documents referred to in Section 6, Paragraph one of this Law.

(2) A local government has the right to examine the truthfulness of the information included in an assistance register.

(3) If the conditions, which were the basis for the recognition of a person as entitled to receive assistance and the registration thereof for the receipt of the relevant assistance, have ceased to exist, the duty of the person shall be to notify thereof the relevant local government immediately.

(4) Everybody has the right to acquaint oneself with the information included in an assistance register, which is specified in Paragraph one, Clauses 1-3 of this Section.

[22 December 2004]

Section 10. Deleting a Person from an Assistance Register

(1) A person shall be deleted from an assistance register if:

1) he or she has provided false information regarding the conditions, which were the basis for the registration thereof to receive the relevant assistance;

2) the conditions, which were the basis for the registration to receive the relevant assistance have ceased to exist;

3) he or she has been registered to receive assistance due to eviction from residential space on the basis of provisions of Section 28.2 of the Law On Residential Tenancy, but he or she delays the process of assistance provision by refusing at least three residential tenancy offers without reason; or

4) he or she refuses assistance submitting in respect of this a relevant application.

(2) A local government council or a delegated institution thereof shall take decision regarding the deletion of a person from an assistance register.

(3) A written notification shall be sent not later than two weeks before the deletion of a person from an assistance register to the address indicated by this person.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Chapter III
Renting of Residential space

Section 11. Procedures for Renting Out Residential Space

(1) A local government is entitled to rent out residential space it owns or is leased thereof only to persons specified in this Law and by observing the provisions of the Law On Social Apartments and Social Residential Houses, Law On Residential Tenancy and the Law On Apartment Property.

(2) An unrented apartment, taken from the State in accordance with the procedures specified in the Law On Privatisation of State and Local Government Residential Houses, shall be offered for rent first to persons, who vacate residential space in a house denationalised or returned to a lawful owner and who had been using the residential space until the restoration of the property rights.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 12. Inventory of Residential Space Owned by or Leased by Local Government

[10 May 2007]

(1) A local government shall perform unified inventory of the residential space that is owned by or leased by it.

(2) If a residential space owned or leased by a local government is vacated, its manager shall notify thereof the institution delegated by a local government council within a period of seven days, which shall immediately register the residential space as unrented and shall include it in the inventory list of unrented residential space.

(3) A list of unrented residential space shall be freely available to any person registered to receive the relevant assistance or to whom immediate assistance shall be provided. The following information shall be included:

1) name of the territorial division of the local government in which the residential space is located;

2) size of the residential space and the number of rooms, the floor on which this residential space is located;

3) the level of amenities in the residential space; and

4) rental payment for the residential space;

[11 September 2003; 22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 13. Persons, to whom Immediate Assistance shall be Provided

(1) If as a result of a natural disaster or an accident a residential space or a residential house rented or owned by a person in which he or she has declared his or her place of residence has perished or has been partly destroyed and cannot be restored, such person shall be provided with immediate assistance by renting out residential space or ensuring him or her with temporary residential space according to the procedures specified in Section 23 of this Law.

(2) If as a result of a natural disaster or an accident a residential space or a residential house rented or owned by a person in which he or she has declared his or her place of residence has been partly destroyed, but can be restored, the relevant person shall be provided with immediate assistance by granting a once-only benefit for the repair of the residential space or residential house according to the procedures specified in Section 26 of this Law. If the residential space or residential house up to its restoration is unusable, the local government may rent to the relevant person temporary residential space for a period not longer than six months.

(3) A person shall submit an application regarding receipt of the relevant assistance to the local government not later than within a period of one month after the natural disaster or accident.

(4) A local government city council (parish council) or a delegated institution thereof shall take a decision regarding the provision of assistance to the relevant person within 48 hours after the receipt of the person's application. In providing assistance in the case referred to in this Section, the provisions of Section 7 of this Law shall not be applied.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 14. Persons to be Provided with Residential Space First

(1) The following persons shall be provided with residential space first:

1) persons to whom assistance shall be provided in accordance with the Law On Residential Tenancy in cases if they are evicted from a rented residential space and if they are:

a) low-income persons, who have reached retirement age or who are disabled;

b) low-income persons, who live with and in whose care is at least one underage child, a person under guardianship, a low-income person who has reached retirement age, or a low-income person who is disabled; and

c) other persons living in the territory of a local government, who belong to the category of persons specified by the local government council to whom a local government provides assistance if they are evicted from the rented residential space;

11) politically repressed persons, who are evicted from residential space in the case provided for in Section 28.2, Paragraph one, Section 28.3, Paragraph one or Section 28.4, Paragraph two of the Law On Residential Tenancy, if they do not use other residential space;

2) persons who are evicted from an apartment they own if recovery proceedings are applied against the property as a result of payments for services related to expenses for the residential space use, building maintenance, exploitation and renovation, and if they are:

a) low-income persons, who have reached retirement age or who are disabled;

b) low-income persons who live with and in whose care is at least one underage child, a person under guardianship, a low-income person who has reached retirement age, or a low-income person who is disabled; and

c) politically repressed persons, if they do not use other residential space;

3) orphans and children left without parental care and brought up in a child care and instructional institution, foster family or by a guardian - when their stay at the child care and instructional institution, in the foster-family or with the guardian has come to an end, or also when they have graduated from an educational institution if it is not possible for them to settle in accordance with the procedures specified by the Law into the previously occupied residential space;

4) repatriates who have emigrated from Latvia in the period up to 4 May 1990 and for whom it is not possible to settle in accordance with the procedures specified by the law into the residential space they occupied before emigration from Latvia or repatriates who were born abroad or emigrated from Latvia after 4 May 1990 and at the moment of emigration were minors; and

41) low-income politically repressed persons.

5) low-income persons who have been released from prison after serving their sentence, if they were living in the administrative territory of the relevant local government before sentencing and it is not possible to settle in accordance with the procedures specified by the Law into the residential space they occupied previously. This provision does not apply to those persons, who have given consent to privatise a State or local government apartment they rent to another person and have concluded an agreement with that person regarding termination of the right to use the residential space, or upon whose consent the apartment has been sold or otherwise alienated and as a result of the transaction the persons have forfeited the right to use the relevant apartment; and

6) other categories of low-income persons specified by the relevant local government council.

(2) The relevant authorities shall notify local governments, whose duty is to provide assistance of this type, that orphans and children left without parental care, as well as persons in prisons shall be provided with residential space. This notification shall be made not later than six months before the end of stay of the relevant person in a child care and instructional institution, foster family or with a guardian, or when the relevant person graduates from an educational institution, or after termination of the compulsory military service, or when he or she is released from prison.

(3) Orphans and children left without parental care, low-income repatriates, low-income persons who have been released from prison, shall be provided with residential space only if they have been registered for the receipt of such assistance not later than six months after acquiring the right to provision with residential space.

(4) Orphans and children left without parental care shall be provided with residential space by the local government in the territory of which was the child's place of residence until his or her transfer to extra-familial care.

(5) Repatriates shall be provided with residential space by the local government of their choice, where the repatriate, his or her parents or grandparents have been living before emigration from Latvia, or by the local government in the assistance registers of which persons to be provided with residential space first have not been registered on the day, when the relevant person has submitted an application regarding the receipt of assistance.

(6) A person shall be recognised as a low-income person if his or her income and material conditions do not exceed the level specified by the relevant local government council, which may not be less than the level of income and material conditions of a needy person, which the Cabinet has specified on the basis of the Law On Social Services and Social Assistance. A person recognised as a low-income person shall be issued a statement certifying such status.

(7) A local government city council (parish council) has the right to firstly provide with an apartment also persons, who live in a denationalised house or a house returned to a lawful owner and who have been using the apartment until the restoration of the property rights, and persons who live in an apartment, which an exchange of owners has occurred up to the moment of the coming into force of the Law On the Privatisation of State and Local Government Residential Housing, as a result of State ownership conversion or as a result of inter-farm undertaking privatisation and which have not been privatised according to the procedures specified in the Law On the Privatisation of Co-operative Apartments and the Law on the Privatisation of Agricultural Undertakings and Fishery Kolkhozes, and which were used by them at moment of the exchange of the apartment residential house owners. The relevant local government city council (parish council) in the binding regulations thereof shall specify the conditions for providing the referred to persons with residential space, as well as the procedures by which they are recognised as entitled to receive such assistance.

[11 September 2003; 22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 15. Persons to be Provided with Residential Space in Accordance with the General Procedures

A local government council may specify also other categories of persons in the binding regulations thereof, who are not referred to in Section 13 and 14 of this Law and to whom assistance shall be provided by renting residential space.

Section 16. Provisions to which Residential Space to be Rented Out must Conform

(1) Residential space which is rented out in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law shall be fit for living.

(2) A separate, isolated residential space in a common apartment or in a single-apartment house may be rented to a person upon his or her written consent.

(3) A residential space fit for living shall be a lighted, heated room suitable for long-term human accommodation and for placing household items and shall comply with the construction and hygiene requirements specified in the Cabinet Regulations.

Section 17. Order of Offering Residential Space

(1) Each unrented residential space owned by a local government or leased by it shall be offered for rent to the persons referred to in Section13 of this Law first if there are such persons in the relevant administrative territory. If there are no such persons or they all have refused in writing to rent the relevant residential space, it shall be offered for rent to the persons referred to in Section 14 of this Law who have been registered in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law. If such persons have not been registered as well or they all have refused in writing to rent the relevant residential space, it shall be offered for rent to the persons referred to in Section 15 of this Law who have been registered to receive the relevant type of assistance. Within the framework of the registration groups residential space shall be offered for rent in the order specified in the binding regulations of the local government council , but in the case no such order has been specified - in the order of registration.

(2) When offering residential space for rent to a person who has been registered in an assistance register or to whom local government assistance is to be provided immediately, all residential space shall be offered for choice, which is included in the local government list of unrented residential space on the day the offer is expressed.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 18. Procedures for Offering of Residential space

(1) Residential space shall be offered for rent notifying thereof the relevant person in writing. The address, floor-space, the number of rooms, the floor on which this residential space is located, the level of amenities, the rental payment amount, duration of the rental agreement, as well as the day when the person may see the offered residential space shall be indicated in the notification. A deed, approved by the responsible authority or official of the local government, certifying that the relevant residential space is fit for living, shall be appended to the notification.

(2) A person shall respond to the residential tenancy offer not later than a week after the day indicated in the notification on which the person had the opportunity see the offered residential space.

(3) If a person has had an opportunity to see at least three different residential tenancy offers fit for living and to choose, but he or she has refused these offers without reason or has not responded to the local government regarding the received offers, this person shall be re-registered in an assistance register of the relevant type with the last sequence number. This provision shall not apply to cases specified in Section 10, Paragraph one, Clause 3 of this Law.

[22 December 2004]

Section 19. Duration of Rental Agreement

A local government council or a delegated institution thereof shall determine what the duration of a rental agreement shall be when renting out residential space.

Section 19.1 Lease of Residential Space

(1) A local government, in applying the Civil Law provisions, has the right to reach an agreement with owners or possessors (also with the state share capital companies) of residential houses regarding leasing unrented residential house or a separate unrented residential space they own or possess to the local government.

(2) The Cabinet shall specify the procedures by which a local government shall exercise the right specified in Paragraph one of this Section, also the procedures by which local governments select the most appropriate offers by owners or possessors (also the state share capital companies) of residential houses.

(3) A local government has the right to reach an agreement with the owners of denationalised houses or a house returned to a lawful owner for the leasing to the local government of such residential space, which up to the entering into of the lease contract was used by a tenant who is registered for the receipt of the assistance referred to in Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Law (the tenant was using the referred to space also at the moment when ownership rights were restored on the house). The lease contract shall be entered into according to the procedures provided for in the Civil Law and the binding regulations of the local government city council (parish council) for the purpose of further renting the residential space to the tenant with whom the previously entered into rental contract has been terminated for the use of the referred to space.

(4) The agreement provided for in Paragraph three of this Section may be entered into if at the same time with the entering into of the lease contract on the basis of the initiative of the owner the previously entered into residential space rental contract has been terminated according to the procedures specified in the Law On Residential Tenancy.

(5) The agreement provided for in Paragraphs three and four of this Section shall not restrict the right of tenants of denationalised houses or a house returned to a lawful owner to apply for other types of specified tenant category assistance referred to in this Law.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 20. Restrictions on Privatisation and Alienation of Residential Space

Residential space rented out in the cases provided for and in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law shall not be offered for privatisation, it shall not be acquired as property until privatisation of the residential house and it shall not be sold or otherwise alienated from the residential space tenants or other persons.

Section 21. Consequences for Violation of Residential Tenancy Provisions

If a residential space owned by or leased by a local government is rented in violation of provisions of this Law, a tenant shall forfeit the right to the residential space from the day the relevant court judgement enters into force.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Chapter IV
Other Types of Assistance

Section 22. Renting Out Social Apartments

A local government shall rent out social apartments in accordance with the procedures specified in the Law on Social Apartments and Social Residential Houses".

Section 23. Provision with Temporary Residential Space

(1) A person shall be provided with a temporary residential space in the case provided for in Section 13, Paragraph one of this Law if the relevant local government is unable to ensure such person residential space within a period of 48 hours from the receipt of the persons application, because at the relevant moment there is no unrented residential space. The person shall be ensured with a temporary residential space for a period of time not exceeding one year.

(2) Persons referred to in Section 14 of this Law, who have been registered to receive the assistance referred to in Section 3, Clause 1 of this Law, shall also be provided with a temporary residential space for a period of time until the rental of a local government residential space.

(3) The temporary residential space may not conform to the provisions of Section 16 of this Law.

[10 May 2007]

Section 24. Assistance in Exchanging Rented Residential Space for Other Rentable Residential Space

(1) A local government may provide assistance in exchanging a rented residential space for other rentable residential space in accordance with the procedures specified in the binding regulations of the local government council.

(2) A local government shall provide assistance in the exchanging of a rented residential space for other rentable residential space in the order in which applications to receive the relevant type of assistance have been registered.

[22 December 2004]

Section 25. Accommodation Allowance

(1) A local government has the right according to the procedures and the amount specified in city council (parish council) binding regulations to pay an accommodation allowance to persons who in a denationalised house or a house returned to a lawful owner use residential space, which he or she has used up to the restoration of ownership rights. The local government city council (parish council) binding regulations may specify also other person categories who have the right to receive an accommodation allowance.

(2) Persons referred to in Paragraph one of this Section may receive an accommodation allowance who in accordance with this Law and city council (parish council) binding regulations are entitled to receive the assistance provided for in Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Law.

[11 September 2003; 10 May 2007]

Section 26. One-only Benefit for the Repair of a Residential space or a Residential House

(1) The procedures by which a local government in the case specified in Section 13, Paragraph two of this Law grants a once-only benefit for the repair of residential space or residential houses rented or owned by a person, as well as the amount of such benefit shall be determined in the binding regulations of the local government city council (parish council).

(2) In the local government binding regulations may also be specified other person categories who are not referred to in Section 13, Paragraph two of this Law and who shall be provided with assistance by granting a once-only benefit for the repair of existing residential space or residential houses rented or owned.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 26.1 Allowance for Vacating Residential Space

(1) A local government has the right according to the procedures and the amount specified in city council (parish council) binding regulations to grant a once-only allowance for vacating residential space to persons:

1) who vacate residential space, which is located in a denationalised house or in a house returned to a lawful owner and who were using them until the restoration of the ownership rights, or the referred to persons are evicted from the residential space in the cases specified in Sections 28.2, 28.4 and 28.5 of the Law On Residential Tenancy; or

2) who vacate an apartment in which a change of owner has occurred up to the coming into force of the Law On the Privatisation of State and Local Government Residential Housing, as a result of State ownership conversion or as a result of inter-farm undertaking privatisation and which have not been privatised according to the procedures specified in the Law On the Privatisation of Co-operative Apartments and the Law on the Privatisation of Agricultural Undertakings and Fishery Kolkhozes, and which were used by them at moment of the change of the apartment residential house owners, or also the referred to persons are evicted from the residential space in the cases provided for in Sections 28.2, 28.4 and 28.5 of the Law On Residential Tenancy.

(2) Persons shall be registered for receipt of the allowance for vacating residential space if in accordance with this Law and the binding regulations of a local government city council (parish council) they are entitled to receive the assistance provided for in Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Law. A person shall be deleted from such assistance register when he or she has received the allowance for vacating residential space.

(3) A person, who has received an allowance for vacating residential space, forfeits the right to receive the assistance provided for in Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Law.

(4) The State shall participate in providing the financing of the allowance for vacating residential space in the amount of 50 per cent of the resources granted by a local government for the financing of this allowance. The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which the State shall participate in the financing of the allowance for vacating residential space.

(5) Local governments have the right to attract financial resources from the owners of denationalised houses and houses returned to lawful owners for the financing of the allowance for vacating residential space in conformity with contract entered into by the parties.

[22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Section 27. Local Government Assistance in Repairing Residential Space

(1) A local government may provide assistance for low-income persons by repairing the residential space they rent if the local government is not the lessor of this space, or by repairing the residential space in the ownership of these persons. The local government does not have the right to provide the assistance of this type to those persons who have already received the assistance referred to in Section 26 of this Law.

(2) The binding regulations of a local government council shall specify the procedures in accordance to which the assistance referred to in Paragraph one of this Section is provided, as well as the scope of this assistance.

Section 27.1 Assistance in Purchase or Construction of Residential Space

(1) The State shall provide assistance in the purchase or construction of residential space by issuing a relevant guarantee in accordance with the procedures specified by the Cabinet.

(2) In case of purchase or construction of residential space, local governments may provide assistance in accordance with the procedures and in the amount specified in the binding regulations by fully or partly covering interest payments.

(3) A tenant or his or her family member may receive the assistance referred to in Paragraphs one and two of this Section if they are using a residential space in a denationalised house or in a house returned to a lawful owner and have been using it until the restoration of the property rights.

(4) A person who has received a State guarantee for the purchase or construction of a residential space or for whom a local government has covered interest payments does not have the right to receive the assistance provided for in Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of this Law.

[22 December 2004]

Section 27.2 Assistance in the Renovation and Restoration of Residential Housing

(1) The State in conformity with the amount of resources provided for in the annual State budget shall provide assistance to an owner (owners) of a residential house or an apartment owner for the following purposes:

1) for the restoration of residential houses recognised as a cultural monument of State significance;

2) for the renovation of a residential house if the technical condition thereof according to the procedures specified in regulatory enactments has been recognised as dangerous to human life or health;

3) for such renovation of a residential house in which the consequences of an act of terror, accident, natural disaster or other catastrophes must be liquidated; and

4) for the performance of energy-efficiency measures in the residential house.

(11) In the time period from 2008 to 2010 the assistance referred to in Paragraph one, Clause 4 of this Section shall be provided to apartment owners if:

1) the total area of a multi-apartment residential house is larger than 300 square metres, but the area of non-residential space therein does not exceed 25 per cent of the total area of the residential house;

2) for the administration and management of the existing common ownership parts of a multi-apartment residential house has been established an apartment owner company or according to the procedures specified in the Civil Law a mutual contract has been entered into regarding the administration and management of the common ownership parts of the house; and

3) one person owns not more than half of the existing apartment properties in the residential house.

(2) A local government may provide assistance to an owner (owners) of a residential house or an apartment owner, granting funding for the following purposes:

1) for the restoration of residential houses recognised as a cultural monument of State significance;

2) for the renovation of a residential house if the technical condition thereof according to the procedures specified in regulatory enactments has been recognised as dangerous to human life or health;

3) for such renovation of a residential house in which the consequences of an act of terror, accident, natural disaster or other catastrophes must be liquidated;

4) for the performance of energy-efficiency measures in the residential house; and

5) for the improvement of the piece of land attached to the residential house.

(3) In providing the assistance specified in Paragraphs one and two of this Section, the provisions of Sections 2 and 6-10 of this Law shall not be applied.

(4) The assistance provided for in Paragraph one, Clauses 1, 2 and 3 of this Section, the State shall provide according to procedures and in the amount specified by the Cabinet. The procedures by which the assistance referred to in Paragraph one, Clause 4 of this Section shall ensured, the costs to be related to energy-efficiency measures, the criteria for the evaluation of energy-efficiency measures, as well as the supervision of the use of State budget resources shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(5) The procedures by which the assistance referred to in Paragraph two of this section shall be provided, and the amount of assistance shall be determined by local governments in their binding regulations.

[10 May 2007; 15 November 2007]

Section 28. Financing of Assistance

(1) Each year before the drawing up of a draft State budget a local government shall aggregate the assistance register data, inventory data of the local government-owned residential space and the assistance provision projects, performing the required calculations, and shall draw up a budget request for partial covering of expenses from the State budget resources in the form of earmarked subsidies for local governments. Data regarding the tenants, who rent residential space in denationalised houses or in houses returned to lawful owners and who have been using it until the restoration of the property rights, shall be aggregated separately.

(2) The responsible Ministry shall annually summarise the budget requests referred to in Paragraph one of this Section and submit them for inclusion in the draft State budget. The Cabinet shall determine the conditions for granting State budget earmarked subsidies and the procedures by which the requests of local governments for the construction of residential housing, the renovation of unrented residential housing, the building conversion (reconstruction) of residential housing, the finishing of new construction multi-apartment houses (where construction has been suspended) or the acquisition of separate apartment properties shall be evaluated.

[11 September 2003; 22 December 2004; 10 May 2007]

Transitional Provisions

1. Until the day the Law On Declaration of the Place of Residence comes into force, the administrative territory, where a person is registered, shall be considered as the administrative territory, where the relevant person has declared his or her place of residence.

[11 September 2003]

2. Persons, who have been registered until the day this Law comes into force at a local government to receive the State and local government assistance, shall not be deleted from the lists of applicants for the local government assistance, and they have the right to receive assistance in solving apartment matters in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law by observing the order specified in the binding regulations of the relevant local government council, but, if no such order is specified - in the order of registration.

3. Until 31 March 2002 local government councils shall examine the matter regarding the possibilities to provide assistance provided for in Sections 23, 24, 26 and 27 of this Law and shall take a decision regarding the provision of the relevant type of the local government assistance within the administrative territory thereof.

4. Local governments, the council of which has taken a decision to provide the assistance provided for in Sections 23, 24, 26 or 27 of this Law, shall postpone the examination of applications of these persons until the time when the relevant binding regulations of the local government council come into force, but not longer than three months after the local government council decision regarding the provision of the relevant type of assistance has been taken.

5. With the coming into force of this Law, the Law On the State and Local Government Assistance in Solving Apartment Matters (Latvijas Republikas Augstākās Padomes un Valdības Ziņotājs, 1993, no. 20/21; 1994, No. 12; 1996, No. 1; 1997, No. 23; 1999, No. 11) is repealed.

6. The Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 19.1, Paragraph two and Section 26.1, Paragraph three of this Law by 1 July 2005.

[22 December 2004]

7. The Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 27.1, Paragraph one and Section 28, Paragraph two of this Law by 1 April 2005.

[22 December 2004]

8. The amendments to Section 7, Paragraph five, Clause 3 and Section 14, Paragraph one, Clause 11 and 2, Sub-clause "c" of this Law shall not apply to those person who are registered in a local government for receipt of the assistance specified in Section 3, Clause 1 of this Law.

[10 May 2007]

This Law shall come into force on 1 January 2002.

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 6 December 2001.

Acting for the President,
Chairperson of the Saeima J. Straume

Rīga, 22 December 2001

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2008 Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 06.12.2001.Entry into force: 01.01.2002.Theme:  Local governments; Apartment rights; Social protectionPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 187, 22.12.2001.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 2, 24.01.2002.
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